June! How can that be!? Between a camera battery charger that went on a mischievous vacation (I finally folded and ordered a replacement) and a busy end of the school year/birthday season rush, there is so much to share and catch up on!
Since June is well underway, I thought I would start with my 1 year of stitches progress from May. For those who are new to this project, my 1 year of stitches project is a personal challenge to stitch at least one stitch every single day. I am working with no set plan, I don’t mark the fabric before stitching; I simply stitch whatever wherever whenever. I’ve been using my stash of 12wt Aurifil thread and loving it! It’s quite fun!! You can follow along with my daily stitches at @NQ1yearofstitches on Instagram.
Here’s a refresher of the monthly progress so far:
…after January’s stitching…
…after February’s stitching…
…after March’s stitching…
…after April’s stitching…
…and here it is after May’s stitching!
After staying entirely in one section for the month of April, I hopped around quite a bit in May.
I added a whole sun burst super nova element in that warm sunny section of the hoop, as well as some added texture with different rows of yellow stitches. This little supernova was very fun to make, and grew day to day. Again, I began with not much of a plan at all, just wanting to add some more bright yellow to the top portion of the hoop. After a few days, it took on a life of its own and continued to grow and take shape until the flowery starbursts decided to cap the growth (for now).
I also added some “background” plant like elements behind the patch that began this whole hoop back in January. My biggest challenge with this daily stitching challenge is figuring out how to create background behind stitches that have already been stitched. Some attempts are more effective than others, but I figure it’s all part of the learning experience.
A few more flowers were also added, in the form of lavender roses and their associated greenery. The flower garden continues to grow and blossom.
A month of progress wouldn’t be complete without adding some motion to the ocean! There wasn’t all that much growth here this month, but some running stitch and french knots helped begin to create some more flow.
The hoop is beginning to fill out, but knowing that I’m just about halfway through the year, I do think I should be able to fit the entire year in this hoop without extending off the sides. There are lots of little spaces between elements, and while I hope to not fill every *single* one, there is a lot of room for depth and texture and who knows what else!
8 thoughts on “One Year of Stitches: May”
This is looking so good! And so happy and cheerful, which is nice during this rainy Maine spring!
It is so fun to see your progress. I love the colors and the designs!
The super nova, then the ocean, with all those underwater elements there, this is amazing.
Sure am enjoying seeing your blog posts on the one year of stitches. firstname.lastname@example.org
Beautiful Kitty! I do believe the aqua flowers are my favs, maybe bullion stitches?
it’s looking beautiful! I love to see your progress on this. I’m afraid the easiest way of stitching background in an embroidery project is to stitch the background first! Have you thought of trying some stumpwork. raised embroidery elements? You could add picot stitched leaves for example.
Lush, verdant, amazing!