|One last look before the embroidery|
|Tools & materials at the ready|
|Setting up the panel on sawhorses|
|The first few stitches|
|Beginning the french knots|
|French knots action shot|
|Looking through the organdy panel to the floor below|
|First set of french knots complete|
I get this kind of internal buzzing right before I am about to begin embroidering. It's a special kind of excitement that happens. Maybe it's just my own love affair with the materials, the process, bringing something out of my head and into the world – or maybe there is something more to it, something a bit magical about embroidery. [I know, it sounds cheesy. If I can think of a more eloquent way to talk about this, I will share it with you. But this is what I've got right now, so I'm going with it.]
As I prepare the sawhorses and set up my tools, make tea and put on one of my favorite podcasts to listen to in the studio, the excitement builds while I revel in thoughts of the beautiful thread, the color, and the stitches to come.
And then, at last, it's time to begin–to make the first stitch into the fabric. I feel enamored, elated that the moment has finally arrived.