Sometimes I embroider on scraps or on one of my studio shirts. This time, I looked around and saw a doll body hanging on the door hook. Last year, I made the body and a head, but since the body was large and cloth, with no armature, the head (clay over styrofoam ball) was too heavy. I removed the head and left the body for another time.
The body was just hanging there waiting--a blank canvas. Exactly what I needed to keep my hands busy so I could catch up on some of my shows. No design or purpose in mind, choosing thread and stitch at random, and loving the tactile feel of the threads on the cloth....
Eventually, maybe an idea will come, and I'll make a cloth head to fit on the body, but right now, it serves another purpose by giving me an excuse to watch my shows.
If nothing comes to me in the meantime, maybe I'll make more pom poms or do some weaving.
Speaking of pom poms, I'm not in the Christmas mood yet, but I love this idea from Aunt Peaches . She has the most cheerful and colorful home in blogland, and I completely adore her Christmas tree.
The dimension those pom pom branches give the tree makes me happy! If I decided to follow her tutorial and make the pom pom branches, I would buy the pom poms as Aunt Peaches suggests, rather than making them. My yarn colors are not too Christmas-y and ready-made packets would be so much easier and more efficient.
Which does not mean that I won't make more pom poms. I like making pom poms. :) Moodling with pom poms or embroidery soothes the hands and leaves the mind free.
moodling - “imagination needs moodling – long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering” -- Brenda Ueland: If You Want to Write: A book about Art, Independence & Spirit (and I'm very good at it--moodling, that is)
Linking to Off the Wall Friday.