drawing with needles

drawing with needles

My daughter stood still for a scribbled portrait some month ago. She was so excited that I could really do this, that she made me draw a portrait of her. Of course it is a very rough sketch. I know my little one. One second she is all sincere and tries to be patient, the next second she is gone playing more interesting stuff than sitting still for her Mama.


In the weeks before my birthday I begin to think about my life – family – work and everything more deeply every year. Sometimes it’s just a recap of everything, sometimes it’s more deeply. After so many changes last year it’s not easy to do everyday what I have done repeatetly over the last years. I love my work, but I used to love it more and it kind of seems to be not enough. The feeling there should be a change comes up very often at the moment, but it’s hard to get my hands on the direction were it will lead me to.

So I’ve been thinking a lot, talking with the people I hold near my heart and who understand what I mean. I need something fresh and most of all – challenging. I have decided to bring myself out into the real world more. We have a vibrant art community here despite we are in a rural area and I want to be part of it. I want to make pieces of art, that inspire others to take up embroidery, too. Pieces, that make me a better embroiderer and push the edges of what I can do.


So I began with the kind of motif I’m most challenged and fascinated by – PEOPLE.

Drawing people is THE thing I have always struggled with more than other sections of art and yet it’s so fascinating to capture a humans Persona. It’s similar with animal drawings. I feel like capturing the soul or spirit of a living being when I draw people and animals.

We’ll see were it gets me.

I wish you all a great week.

Joining in with Nicole and Ginny.



  1. I am impressed! This is a skill I definitely lack, so I am always amazed when people can draw so well, let alone transfer it to another medium this way.

  2. I love the idea of an embroidered portrait. I agree that people are really hard to draw, but you have a lovely sketch to start with!

  3. How lovely!
    I have been wanting to do a project like this for years.

    Have you ever seen this?

    • It’s never to late to start something like this 🙂
      No, I haven’t seen it before, but what a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wow! It looks fantastic so far. I look forward to seeing the end result, no matter how long it takes.

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