I left a gray and snowy Cleveland on a Monday and landed in West Palm Beach, Florida to teach a 3 day workshop at Aya Fiber Studio in Port Salerno, Florida.
It was a grand workshop and I'll share pic's in the next post.
A week prior to leaving, I started a new piece. The working title is Blue Water.
Sometimes I get asked whether I begin with knotting my thread. I do not usually, but rather leave enough of a thread tail to be able to return to the beginning point and weave the loose thread into my stitches.
I'm also asked whether I draw out my pattern on the back.
I do draw a few guide lines in pencil using a compass or a piece of pre-cut circular cardboard as a template.
Then I begin to stitch the first circle on the back side and I use my favorite embroidery hoop (Clover USA embroidery hoop) until the working area grows larger and I must switch to either a larger hoop or use no hoop at all.
The circle is growing and I've used 3 shades of Soie d'Alger silk thread. Each thread is a single strand I've pulled from a 7-strand skein.
I'll post more pics when this progresses. I like to post on Instagram more often than to write a blog post so please follow me there at @christine_mauersberger on insta.
Next, I will share some images from my workshop in Florida.