I admitted a few weeks ago that one of my "guilty pleasures" was watching "Starting Over" during my lunchtime break. Well, the show is in repeats for the summer, so I've decided to start a new activity.
You know all the magazine ideas that are soooo tempting? And we all want to try them? For atleast the couple weeks (who knows how long?), I am giving myself permission to play at doing something different for one hour a day.
So while my quilting is at the moment heavily dependant on machine quilting, and hand binding, I can spend that one hour/day playing at something. My only requirement at the moment, is it's got to be something I've wanted to try... and I can't think too much about it.
The Summer edition of QUILTING ARTS arrived yesterday. In there is an article about using running stitch to create texture and alter color in cloth. That's one thing to play at. There is also an article on drawing with wax pastels. That's another.
Going beyond this issue, there are the past issues to peruse... and Belle Armoire. Not to mention the books I've purchased but not thoroughly worked through... (I'm thinking Richard Box's book that I've barely scraped the surface of... and Nita Leland..).
So this evening I picked up my box of embroidery threads, and a new piece of handpainted fabric that's been layered with batting. I'm going to play a bit with running stitch on this piece. And see where it leads.