My First EGA class: From Fail to Fun

In my last post I mentioned my joining the EGA and my first class; a Blackwork Pumpkin.  Today I am going to show you the results.
Embroidery is a generic term for a great many styles/types of needle work - I love it all but I don't want to stitch it all.   This class has clarified in my embroidery portfolio, I will never be accomplished at doing counted work.  Math is not my best friend, I only like it in small necessary doses. Counted Work ( Blackwork being part of that) requires counting and compensation, recounting and more compensation and I am not even going to try to explain that here - I am just a total flop at it.

I discovered with my pumpkin class once I got beyond the pumpkin out line I became totally lost in the counting and the compensation part.  I really have a new appreciation for my fellow stitchers who excel at this.  I love it, but not for me.

This is the pattern I traced you can see the stitches - along with the tracing parts, there are details stitch instructions which included measurements and pictures - which were of no help to me whatsoever - my bad - the pattern was fine

I decided right off I wasn't going to do the pumpkin in the traditional black - what would I do with it after?  Who wants a black pumpkin on bright white fabric.  That should have been my first clue.  I feel like If I am going to spend precious time on something, it needs to do something other than sit in a drawer.

Those of you who do this, no doubt can look at this and see this is not for me.  This took me three hours!  I thought about ripping it out (again) and starting over (again) and then I started thinking about some of the pretty orange fabric in my scrap basket and how nice this would look as an applique'd piece, on black fabric, with beads, with gold thread.  And that was the end of my Blackwork career

I retraced the pumpkin parts cut out fabric bits, pulled out fibers and this is the result:

I had so much fun doing this I think I will do a motif for each season  and frame it .  Next I think will be pine cones and boughs.

Shakespeare's Polonius said    "To thine own self be true"  and that is good advice, however there can be a lot of fun in trying new things in the process of developing that self.  So now I know I will never be that precise type of stitcher and will love and appreciate the skill and talent from afar, while I am ankle deep in beads.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
Ginny M


Ginny..this is beautiful! I love your work..something i do not have the talent nor patience to do! I agree that it is good to try our hands at things that challenge us..but so wise to know when it just isn’t our thing...and go in a different direction. It may not be what you originally set out to do..but your end results are wonderful. Kind of like life at times...
Oh Ginny, what a painful way to discover you are a free-form embroiderer, not a counted work stitcher! I can do both, but am happier with the counted work than totally free-form as you do so beautifully... congratulations on your use of the design and the resulting exquisite piece of work. You are truly gifted in that style.
Shelly Schmidt said…
I so love the pumpkin you created after the needwork experience- which I am confident you could make look beautiful after many more hours by the way : ) I love the added embroidery and the embroidery details you added.

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