I did one of the exercises on your website, but I did it with my eyes closed and listening to music! Thank you so much, it really relaxed and calmed me! I picked random colours, and it actually turned out alright!
Children are resilient and adaptable but looking after their mental health is just as important as looking after ours. We hope over the last 6 weeks we have managed to bring a spark of creative joy and that you have been able to take a moment to stop, slow down and make time to appreciate the smaller pleasures in life.
So, settle down, pull out your stitching basket, pick up your needle and thread and come fly away with me...
- First bring your thread to the surface, holding the thread downwards with your opposite thumb to create a loop and work a loose horizontal stitch, level where the thread started.
- Angle the needle downwards between these two points (can you see how it created a visual triangle?) and bring it up through the waiting loop of thread. Pull gently to create a V.
- To anchor the V make a small tack stitch.
Fishbone or attached fly is worked in a similar manner as fly stich except the tack stitch is longer and when you come to make the next stitch the needle comes out at the end of the previous tack stitch, as shown above.
If this is a familiar sight in your thread box then don't despair, we have a solution!
- Take your new skein and remove any wrapper or tag BUT do not cut the tiny encircling tie-off thread.
- Carefully untwist the skein and open out, hold at the tie-off point and stretch out into a loop.
- Still holding the tie-off point carefully snip through all the threads at the bottom of the skein.
- When you want to remove a thread carefully pull from the tie-off point whilst holding both cut ends. You will find one strand comes out smoothly and tangle-free.
- Re-twist the skein to prevent tangling.
At the moment it's a tough time for small creative businesses such as ours. As most of you know, all the textile shows, arts trails and exhibitions for 2020 have been cancelled which means InStitches won't be out on the road meeting you all and offering all our hand dyed fabrics and threads for sale; plus we have had to close the studio for courses and workshops for the foreseeable future.
But when we're ready you'll be one of the first we shall tell!
Thank you so much to everyone who is joining in with the blog and taking the time to post and share their creative endeavours - we really appreciate it. The creative community is a great one to be part of at any time, but especially now.
We’d love to hear how you got on … take a quick snap and post it over on Instagram and use the hash tags: #institchescreative2020 and #institches2013. Don't forget to follow both us and the hashtags to see what everyone else is creating too!
On Facebook reply to the relevant week's post with your comments and images. And don't forget to actually follow InStitches on Facebook to see what everyone else is up to.
Until next time - keep the creativity flowing...
Hazel & Terry