As I’ve been thinking about the theme of this month’s posts, I have realized that using the tools of my needlepoint more prudently and more productively has made me a better and more creative stitcher.
We so often fall into a trap of wishing things were endless, that we could buy any canvas we wanted, that we had every color of every thread, that e never had to worry about money.
But the reality is that scarcity makes for better needlepoint, just as “neccessity is the mother of invention.” When something is scarce or restricted, it forces us too look at things in a new way.
When we do so great things begin to happen. Take the adobe church from yesterday’s post. I bought it from Canvases Be Gone when she had a big dede sale because it reminded me of a lovely church in Santa Fe. It went into my stash.
Even when I redid one of our rooms and stitched another of the dede’s from that purchase, it stayed in the stash. I got a sample of Valdani threads to try and they were the perfect color, so out it came.
But did I want to buy the other threads I needed? No. So thread became a scarce resource. I pulled from stash. The color didn’t always match exactly and some textures weren’t ideal. But those things made me think harder about my stitch choices.
Church stitched I had to think about the background and finishing. I decided I wanted to use a ready-made frame. Because of the canvas size the frame has to be square and 4×4. These are not easy to find, but I figured one would come my way (it did, at Michael’s, it was perfect and on clearance). At the same time I looked for a background thread. THe thread I picked is a discontinued one from my stash. Since I didn’t have much and couldn’t get more, I had to pick a background that woulds be frugal (it barely lasted anyway). That scarcity for the background led me to the pretty solution.
Would I have come up with better if I had more resources probably not. I would not have had limits to hit and to force me into being inventive.
This is a recent example but I find this again and again in my stitching. LImitations and scarcity give us big bang ideas and make us better stitchers.