Mum was an embroidery teacher and produced many accomplished pieces like this canvaswork photoframe for her City and Guilds. She was always being asked 'Does your Margaret Sew?' to which the answer was
" No, but she loves fabric and is good with colour" ( I made batik as well as adding to Mum's stash by scouring jumble sales )
When I did eventually start sewing it was patchwork (that love of fabrics) and Mum taught me to hand quilt. I loved that - a simple stitch which altered the texture of the cloth and the gentle rhythm so soothing.
Which is why I've gone back to working on my 'travel project', to lose myself in some hand stitching while I brood on compositions and solutions to other projects on the go. Kathy Loomis has a thought-provoking post on the continual chase after new techniques to the detriment of sustained work which chimes with me. I would also add needless embellishment to that list- the quote
“No technique before need.” is one to treasure. Back to some plain sewing!