Hand Embroidery - A Study in Time and Patience

June 25, 2019

Hand Embroidery - A Study in Time and Patience

I shared some thoughts on Instagram last week about the time and patience that hand embroidery requires. I started a new rainbow flowers piece and it took about 25 minutes (or one episode of Younger!) to complete 5 small motifs. 

Happy Cactus Designs Hand Embroidery

The first few flowers completed

Embroidery is a slow and meditative process. It doesn’t bother me that it takes a long time; on the contrary, the slowness is something I’ve really grown to really appreciate - especially in today’s world where we want everything faster and instantaneously.

Happy Cactus Designs Hand Embroidery

And a little more done!

I typically do not track my time, but was curious just how long it was taking to create these tiny little flowers. I use a mix of simple and more complex stitches, I switch colors often, and I add intricate little details here and there. Find similar rainbow flower embroidered designs in my shop here

Happy Cactus Designs Hand Embroidery

A different piece that took many months to complete. It became a pillow.



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