Just doodlin’


Some time ago Meg Evershed from The Nutmeg Company came to our branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild.  Her 3D embroidery kits are so cute!  I dug a Gingerbread House out from my stash. They involve cross-stitch and back-stitch, adding a few embellishments, and assembly. What could be simpler?  I thought this would be an ideal project after the long one I have recently completed. I even thought about preparing everything, making a start and putting it away to take on holiday later in the year.

A re-think is in order.  The roof of the house is stitched on evenweave, over 2 threads, using 2 strands of cotton.  I started by stitching the ‘snow’ by going along the ridge of the roof.  After a while I decided it would have to come out, so the unpicking tool was used.  It was much easier to stitch in the other direction and this time it looks reasonable.  However, I am struggling with the ’tiles’ on the roof, so it has been put aside for now.  I have looked on the website, and I notice that the roof parts are now stitched on aida – so much easier.

So now I am stitching the walls.   In spite of tacking lines at 10 thread intervals, the unpicking tool has been needed again, because I have stitched more than one window in the wrong place.

However, I am enjoying this as a diversion from the kind of embroidery I usually choose.

I think a break for a day or two might be in order, so I have got my doodling pens and pencils out. I looked into doodling on Youtube some months back, and found some useful tutorials.  My thinking was that I might come up with some designs for embroidery.

My first search was for mandalas, and this was the first attempt.


First Mandala

First Mandala


A Mandala starts in the centre. All doodles have to start somewhere. So next  was a doodle which started with a word.  It doesn’t really matter what is the starting point, as it may not be obvious when the doodle is complete.  I’m not sure if this is complete, or if I might add one or two tiny bits more.


Fiorst doodle

First doodle


Once I had done a few doodles, I needed somewhere to keep them.  I have some books which I have made mainly from recycled items. This one has a front and back made from a discarded book, and recycled A4 paper.  The cover is made from strips of scrap fabric, embellished with machine stitching and ribbon.


Doodle book

Doodle book


Anything that is A5 or smaller fits nicely in this book.  Some doodles are not to my liking, and as I do the main drawing with ink, so there are two choices. One is to carry on and hope it gets better.  The other is to abandon it, but rescue the best bits. They can then be the inspiration for other doodles.


A4 doodles

A5 doodles


I am quite pleased with the bottom page shown above., but again I might add a bit more at some point.

A doodle can be as small or as large as you wish – a spare moment using the back of a shopping list, or an hour or two with a nice large piece of paper.

The largest so far are on A4 paper.

A doodle gets more interesting with shading of some parts, filling in of others, and the use of lines with different thicknesses.  I haven’t yet tried using different colours.  I need to check first whether the ink pens are water resistant. If they are not, then careful addition of water with a soft brush could produce some interesting effects.

Doodling is so relaxing.  Like crazy patchwork there are no rights and wrongs, and I like the way ideas come to me as the piece progresses.

June 12, 2016. Tags: , , , . Crazy Patchwork, Cross stitch, Embroidery, Recycling. Leave a comment.