Pass it on....

I recently hit 5000 followers on Instagram and I'm so excited! To have so many new people discover my work and actually love it, is a real thrill. But an even bigger thrill is the messages that I've been getting from new stitchers and embroiderers who are starting out on their new journey. I tell them that there are so many resources out there and often recommend various artists who work in fabric and thread. I realised that the world of embroidery and cross stitch, freehand machine embroidery, fabric and textiles is a huge community of people joined by their love of their craft. I have only seen kindness and love, a building up of others, support and boosting of confidence. It made me think of a daisy chain stretching across counties, states and countries. I am followed (and follow) people from Australia, India, South Africa, Scotland, Ukraine, practically everywhere in the world. We are a network of stitchers. A daisy chain of support, love and friendship. 

So I wanted to start something that would enable us to find even more artists to follow and become friends with. A much nicer version of a chain letter.....

I initially thought that this project would be about embroidering some daisies on a chain and passing it to another embroiderer or stitcher to add their daisy. But then I realised that at some point that fabric might be lost or forgotten about. I then thought about having people send me their daisies to fix together. But then all of the people involved would be melded together. And also, maybe no one would be interested and it would be a sad little chain of two flowers...

I'm also someone who suffers from a condition called CBA - 'Can't Be Arsed' and when that strikes, nothing gets done. But this way, I can set the needle free and see where it takes us...
 

I've added a template you can use but I'd much rather you design your own daisy chain. You can embroider it, cross-stitch it, bead it, paint it, stamp it, weave it. You can use any medium or technique that you like! 

You can do one daisy or many. I'm starting with two and adding to them when I 'CanBeArsed' LOL! You can add a bee or a butterfly or a bird. But there has to be a daisy or two! 

When you have done your daisy, Instagram it or Facebook it, that way we can find new artists to follow. I'm going to use the hashtags #daisychains and #stitchadaisy and #jointhedaisies so we can find each other - and I'd really like to then add a photo of your daisy to this page, with your Instagram name so that when people visit my page, they might see your work too! But only with your permission! If you'd like your photo added, then please email me using the contact form on this site! As you can see, there are already some beautiful daisies on display!

Amanda x