As many of you are doing right now, I also am looking back at my work in 2019 for the purpose of choosing favorites. It was an interesting exercise. I especially was surprised when comparing the difference between most popular projects and my own favorite projects. They didn’t always match up. Here are the top picks in each discipline.
1. Embroidery: Prayer Flags.
This fiber object was actually a mixed media work, including the crafts of painting and applique. But embroidery was the new skill that I was practicing and I was thrilled with the results.
2. Knitting: Luna Moth Baby Dress.
Starting with some yarn purchased the prior year and a design of my own featuring a ruffled hem, this project morphed into something special when I discovered a Luna moth resting on a blade of grass in my backyard. She looked so much like the dress I was knitting that I decided to embroider her image on the back.
3. Mixed Media: Henry’s Haiku
When my grandson handed me this little poem, I felt that it was special. To illustrate it, I chose an image of a jaguar which I painted and embroidered. The background fabric is treated with candle wax drips and overpainted. I embroidered the poem so as to match the author’s handwriting as closely as possible.
4. Drawing: Overgrown Garden Shed.
While not my favorite sketch, this one received the most likes and comments. All of these skills were new to me, especially using ink wash and brush pen.
5. Quilting: Oakleaf Hydrangea Study
Every day is a happy one, when I see this quilt in the morning light. New skills included working with resist and free-motion quilting.
6. And finally: Crochet: Purple Yogi.
This object is so silly, and yet it turned out to be the most popular by far. Perhaps I had accidently connected with the current Zietgeist. The doll has florist wire bones so that it can bend and twist as needed to strike a post.
Happy New Year to all, and may 2020 bring you your most creative work.