Yes, you're right, that's actual embroidery on my embroidery blog! :) It's been awhile since I sat down for a real embroidery project, and after getting used to the instant gratification of drawing I kept asking myself, "Um, why do I like embroidery?" Nevertheless, I started off Sunday by cutting out a slew of little monkey-shaped heads and faces from fabric scraps, and choosing my favorites for the towel:
The monkey towel says "clean dishes" on one side and "dirty dishes" on the other - I thought it would be great to hang outside the dishwasher accordingly, since 90% of the time I'm too lazy to unload the clean dishes from the dishwasher... :)
I love days off. Like yesterday, a wonderfully unexpected holiday. I love to do as little as possible, watch a few old movies out of the corner of my eye while making myself breakfast and snacks. Yesterday it snowed lightly all day and I kept popping out of the apartment to run errands, but mostly it was to enjoy the snowfall. I went to the craft store to re-stock my favorite colors of floss and felt.
This particular craft store (there are sadly few in Manhattan) is in Chinatown, tucked away in a back alley behind an art supply. You would never know it was there unless someone told you. The buildings in the alley are old, grimey, and covered with graffiti. Like most sewing and craft stores in Manhattan it is dusty, decrepit, flourescent, and makes me feel like I'm standing in the Woolworth craft section in 1987. In short, I love it. :) To top it off, the same nice young man is always behind the register, always comments on my smile and always gives me a discount.
For no particular reason, I bought these cute little wooden spools and wound my embroidery floss around them. I love all of these colors, and they just seem to look nicer this way....
I've mostly been sketching every day - I'd say maybe every other day. Last week I didn't paint anything very interesting, and I really hated most of what I did on this page of my sketchbook. All except this tiny thumbnail above, which I love so much.