happy monday! we had a great weekend touring the city, but i'm ready to get back to my routine
but first, a little note on basketweave...
as the needlepoint discipline grows and we continue to learn new methods and new tricks, i wanted to reflect on my ornaments that are in basketweave.
sure, looking back there are "i should of"s" and "if only's"...if only i would have known to scotch stitch the scarf. i should have used fuzzy stuff or flair for the snow. if only i had padded his earmuffs.
but i look back on the first ornaments i ever did and i'm proud of myself. i'm proud that i've come such a long way. that i've pushed myself to constantly be learning from the experienced stitchers in our community. to never settle if i see room for improvement.
literally the first ornament i ever did. i thought i was hot stuff by adding french knots to his beard! haha
while yes, there are those fleeting thoughts of "i wish i would have done fur on the coat's trim", and so on, i look at my first two petei santas with love. i remember my first class and my first teacher and how she told me i picked it up so quickly.
i laugh at my green naivety, thinking that i was at the pinnacle of all things needlepoint because i could basketweave, not even knowing that there were infinite stitches and methods out there.
but then i taught myself the mosaic stitch after studying a finished ornament and wondering "how did she do that?"
and then i got a little more confidence and said "hey, why not beads?" and i was hooked. and i haven't looked back.