It all began with a blank embroidery hoop and an online challenge to stitch every day for a year. Last December I stumbled upon a blog post by Sara Barnes (www.brwnpaperbag.com/1-year-of-stitches-2017) about the project. The idea of stitching every day and documenting on social media began in 2016 with Hannah Claire Somerville’s 365-day project (http://hannahclairesomerville.com/news.html and @1yearofstitches). I was immediately hooked.
Before becoming a quilter, I always had a cross stitch or embroidery project in process. After beginning quilting, embroidery, in the form of crazy quilting and red work, were incorporated in my quilts. But embroidery is time consuming and I hadn’t tackled anything major in several years. The challenge seemed like a great kick starter.
Of course I had all the supplies (and then some) so I was ready to go. Well, almost. Part of the challenge is documenting your daily progress. Sara created a Facebook group for weekly posts but participants needed their own social media accounts for daily posts. So I quickly learned about Instagram and set up @makeronamaineisland. (Use Google to search for this site)
Some weeks I’ve had a theme. It might be color, stitch type (who knew there are as many as 55 variations of the chain stitch?), or inspiration from a book. Others in the challenge use their stitches as a diary, stitching very personal images, words, and ideas. It has been amazing to see what people around the world have created.
Less than 100 days to go! I haven’t missed a day of stitching or posting yet. It has been a wonderful experience. Check out everyone’s progress by using Google to search for #1yearofstitches or #1yearofstitches2017. You will be inspired!
Donna Hopkins, library volunteer