I was so delighted to find that Lesley of Tintok Tap is reacting and reaching for more of the question I started in my earlier blog entry about how people stitch. Please go to her blog and follow her thread of thinking. I loved hearing how strong she is about who she is as a stitching woman and why. It's a good exercise for all of us.
It's not just that we stitch fast or slow, but why we do that. Didn't you enjoy hearing from our USA stitchers, Vonna and Becky? I think Carol opted out...she's had some big things on her plate lately.
I posed the question to stitch faster so I could put more self expression into my stitching....have time to change the colors or the stitches more, add tidbits of charms and beading and different fibers that the charts don't instruct to use, or to add a totem of my own, a verse that means something special to me or my family or my friend, even a secret symbol that only I understand... I don't want to just spend time faithfully reproducing all the charts. I want to do that some of the time, but not all the time.
When we stitch exchanges or in RRs do we just quickly stitch off the chart? Or do we take a minute to add something of ourselves or the person we're stitching for? Is the purpose to give it a quick stitch, or to give it as a present of our own handwork to a friend?
Just some thoughts.
Like Lesley, I don't like to be confined in a box of rules. I like the freedom of self-expression in stitching. I like that old ideal that only God is perfect and that a mistake proves it! LOL I like to keep my stitching clean and pristine, but my stitching area and my surroundings are chaotic and messy. The profusion of stash and threads and messiness inspires me and gives me creative juices! I like to grab and include things in my stitching like an artist. It's serendipity! It makes for creativity.
What do you like?