Bits and pieces of this and that … sometimes that’s what my growing pile of samples looks like. I’ve never been too happy with my TSTC samples in the plastic sleeves notebook. So this year the samples are stacking up around me. Or more specifically they are piling up on the ironing board.
Previous years reside in old pillow cases until I decide I want to rifle through them for something special. So when Deepa‘s question about how I document and store my samples came up on the blog, it was a timely remind that I need to do something to organize my samples.
Deepa kindly gave me some good thoughts when I emailed her to thank her for the question. “On my part, I would say that if I were in your place, I would first divide them into two – the best ones which’ll be worth keeping and of course the not so good ones or the ones you don’t care about much. Let the second group remain in the pillowcases. The best ones need to be documented, because after some days if your memory is as bad as mine, you’ll be wondering what stitch was that.”
Many thanks to Deepa for the question and these good ideas. If you aren’t familiar with Deepa’s blog please do take some time to visit. Whether she’s working with her young daughter on a special project or documenting some of her own work, I always enjoy reading her blog. If you have anything to add to these thoughts, please leave a comment. Thanks very much.
Here are some samples of work from yesterday using a camera! Much better than the scanner in most cases. And yes, by the way, I did update the last two post with photographs for a side by side comparison. Here and here if you’re interested in a better second look.
Sorbello and Pekinese with beads
Two rows of sorbellos on either side of the herringbone ladder band.
Eskimo stitches on top of overlapping sorbellos