With April ticking quickly away, it’s time to share my March progress on my 1 year of stitches project!
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. 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:
…and here it is after the month of March!
I seem to have branched out in March and created two entirely new sections. In the first two months of the year, I mostly aimed to extend from the existing stitching, and this month as I look at my hoop progress in full, I mostly started new little islands of stitches rather than building upon what is already there. (self reflection aside: interesting!)
There is the “deep sea” region of the hoop, where I played with my 12wt Aurifil blues and explored the nuances of spiral trellis stitch, done both correctly (the top light blue circle with the light grey star in the center) and incorrectly (the big bubbly center thing, where I accidentally began the stitch with a running stitch circle instead of backstitch). I have not conquered this stitch yet, but I also am not yet finished. I will tackle it again, for sure!
A little flower garden island also popped up this past month, built around those turquoise bullion knot flowers. I enjoy using both pistil stitch and long tailed daisy stitch for flowers, and you certainly have not seen the last of these stitches!
The center ecotone did not grow much at all, but still acts as a neutral divide between deep sea and lush greenery. Here’s the scientific definition care of google, just for fun!
A few days ago, I realized we were exactly one quarter of the way through the year, day 92.
Looking at my hoop overall, I think I have covered about one quarter of it, so I’m feeling good about my progress! I also am very curious to see where this goes, since nearly every day, it’s as much of a surprise to me as it is to you!
Just to share some of my thought process, some daily thoughts I have are:
- Should I learn a brand new stitch or use a tried and true favorite?
- Which is often preceded by: How much time do I have today?
- Do I fill in between or layer my stitches? or should I stitch in an open spot?
- Should I stick with these colors only, or should I expand my Aurifil 12wt thread stash *just* a bit?
- Should I leave that warm top left portion allll warm and sunny and bright? or do I throw in a cool green or turquoise?
- Is this going to be a crazy mess at the end of the year?! (laugh here with me)
Either way, I’m having fun with it, exploring my creativity and keeping the pressure light. I hope you’re enjoying following along, too!