Make Good Art Embroidery Piece

Make Good Art Embroidery Piece

Last year a quote and the speech that it is pulled from lightened up my world again. Things were becoming more and more frustrating and I felt like running in a wheel of feeling miserable and then feeling miserable because I made the people around me miserable because I couldn’t hide it anymore. “Make good art” for me is the synonym to do it anyways. Do what you do best. Just keep swimming. Things will sort out on the way. It is ok to have bad days. It is ok to have flops. Do what you do best.

MAKE GOOD ART – by Neil Gaiman, 2012:

“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.


I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually, time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art. Make it on the good days too.”

make good art hand embroidery

So today I’m hanging this stitched quote over my desk to remind me of that every single time I look up and question my decisions – big or small. To just keep doing what I do best and MAKE GOOD ART.

I love to stitch capital letters with chain stitch as an outline. The thin slanty fonts are cute and look great, too, but the bold and simple ones somehow end up being my fonts of choice.

With chain stitch, the lines are thick enough for big letters to define the lines. Depending on how many strands you use, you can alter the thickness – I have thought about using more strands for the word I want to emphasize more.

If the outline letters don’t work as great as you think, it’s so simple to just fill the letters with chain stitch completely.

Chain stitch is so versatile! In the embroidery stitch lexicon, there are already 27 variations of chain stitches – 27! I like to call it the Weasley family of the embroidery stitch families because it’s the one with the most stitches in it.

Of course, this picture focuses on the one chain stitch that is not flat and in line with the rest XD a hint it is where the thread ends. I have discovered a better way to join up the chain stitch now which avoids this bump. You can read the full tutorial on my chain stitch tricks here.

Close-ups of stitching tend to show off even the tiniest flaws that no one would even notice in the real piece. Same is for cat hair that miraculously appears on a photo even though you double checked the fabric during the shoot. I’m so happy retouch is so easy these days and I don’t have to redo everything every time something is in the picture that should not be there (in my case it is ALWAYS cat hair!).

PS: If you have not yet watched Neil Gaiman do this famous commencement speech, here it is:

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