More on marks.

I borrowed this rather good book from the library.

It ties in very nicely with the mark making sketchbook I am stitching.

It includes where to find inspiration and examples of stitching. I love these parallel lines.

And spirals. One of the exercises it suggests is to analysise the things which draw you to them when you take photos.

I love the circles too.

This is free machine embroidery.

So I had a look at some of the photos I had taken in the last few weeks.

Look at the petals and how they radiate from the centre.

A simple buttercup

Undoubtably circles are important to me, but then so are lines

Burnt post spotted on a recent walk, I love the texture of the wood

And this jumble of items I walked past- it was the ladder and the fence which caught my attention.

Giving me food for thought. What I wonder gives others food for thought. Do please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Making marks

The Stitchbook project organised by Helen at Untangled Threads starts in September. However there is starter kit to get us used to slow stitching and mark making.

Exercise one is in mark making, first to divide the calico into boxes, and then to start making marks, slowly, with thought, mindfully.

Using black thread of varying thicknesses.

It has led me to thinking of marks in the environment.

The neat furrows in a ploughed field.

Catkins and branches against clouds and blue sky.

This waterlogged track, the grass and trees.

I am looking forward to this journey to find my voice through stitch.