Last summer, for my birthday, my daughter gave me this beautiful Limol box filled with glorious bright threads
perle 8 portuguese embroidery thread from this shop. The threads came with two pieces of linen and I am ashamed to say that it has taken me this long to properly break into them!
At the moment there is a lot of home education going on. We have slow times and busy times and I think that between now and the summer we will be in a busy time. T has exams in May and is filling a portfolio ready for college, possibly in September. A just wants to start her IGCSE work. All this means a lot less time for lilipopo because I tend to only get snippets of time and have to be on call to answer spelling questions (Dictionary!!!).
So I have started a project, a kind of quilt wall hanging thingy with no plan.
It will have patches and bright embroidery (using the perle 8). It will contain everyone's names but apart from those things I'm not too sure what form it's going to take.
The main thing is that I can work on little patches, sitting and stitching while reciting french verbs, spelling words and looking for metaphors!
I love the portuguese soul posts on feeling stitchy so I think I will be re-reading those to gather inspiration. Birds and flowers in bright colours and bold stitching all seems very summery, perfect now that the sun has come out!
Of course I will still be designing new things for lilipopo but I will definitely be working part time over the next three months so it will all be a little slower. But I am excited to see where a bit of bright, bold experimenting might take me.
I'd love to hear of any good resources for this style of stitching if anyone knows of any and I will share anything I find along the way.