Monthly Archives: September 2015

For the love of simple embroidery

2015-08-23 13.35.36

This is the last in my series of three little bags rendered much more lovely through embroidery (and indigo).

2015-08-21 17.04.10

I have been really surprised to find that I can embroider on the bus (and of course, at the bus stop).  Admittedly, there is nothing complex about my embroidery!

2015-08-21 17.04.02

Also, it is easier than I thought to travel with simple embroidery, once you decide that is what you want to do. I have been tucking a reel of thread or two into the bag along with an old dental floss sample (for the cutter), digging my needle into the work, and wrapping the whole lot around the needle.  Then into bag or pocket and we are away.

2015-08-21 17.04.42

It has slowed down the public transport sock knitting somewhat.  But I am back to the regularly scheduled public transport socks now!

2015-08-23 13.36.08

I ended up virtually covering this bag in stitches dyed with indigo, indigofera australis, plum pine, eucalyptus, osage orange and random other local plant experiments.  I realise this is super simple embroidery… but for most of my life I would not have considered doing it, and nor would I have thought it possible I would enjoy it.  I do love the plant dyed threads.  I have enjoyed turning this lowly calico bag from a container for soap nuts into something worth looking at twice.  But I think I have to credit India Flint, Roz Hawker, Jude Hill and Isobel McGarry with persuading me that hand stitching is pleasurable and worthwhile.  Not that they were trying to do this…  But sometimes people rub off on one another, in a good way, even at considerable distance!

2015-08-23 13.36.48


Filed under Natural dyeing, Sewing