Ehrman flora and fauna
Inspired by my second cousin, I really wanted to make some beautiful tapestry cushions for our home. She has made it her life’s work to furnish her church with beautiful tapestry kneelers for each pew.
Her work is stunning. Sadly I don’t have pictures I can share with you. But needless to say, I wanted a little piece of the action.
A flying start
So the kits were unwrapped and a beautiful stitching frame ordered. Off I went with wool and needle in hand to create my own mini masterpieces.
Only I faltered and dawdled. Shilly shallied and procrastinated.
Time passed and very little was done.
I started with the sheep cushion and felt a huge sense of achievement if I completed one section. But each section took an age.
I set goals to try to motivate myself to get them done, but nothing worked.
A lightbulb moment
And then it dawned on me.
Whilst I love the finished pieces, I don’t actually enjoy the doing of tapestry.
It’s fiddly. And faffy. And the multitude of different yarns required are more difficult to manage than a basket of kittens.
You have to have really good clear lighting to be able to differentiate between the colours whilst stitching. In my corner of the world that is daytime only (mood lighting, dontcha know) and possibly every 3rd Wednesday if rain stops and the clouds lift.
The Room of Abandoned Hobbies
And so tapestry is going the way cross stitch did before it. Into the Room of Abandoned Hobbies, probably never to be brought out again.
I love to embroider and hand sew treats such as Luna Lapin. I don’t like managing 10 colours of wool or embroidery floss at a time. And whilst I love a good slow project, which is why I knit, the time it takes me to complete a tapestry or cross stitch project is ridiculous.
Mainly because I don’t find them fun!
I’m cool with that. Because I only have so much time in the day and when I do have time to be creative, I want to be working on something that makes me relaxed and happy.
Selective crafting is a thing. And I’m narrowing the field every time I try something and find it’s not the thing for me (lino printing and pottery on the wheel are also in the Room of Abandoned Hobbies).
The million dollar question
So I suppose that the only unanswered question is….if I find the stitching so uninspiring, who did complete these lovely Ehrman tapestries.
Ma came to the rescue. She kindly relieved me of the wools and canvases, and returned two beautifully stitched cushion fronts that I quickly turned into cushions that add a gentle pop of colour and warmth to our sitting room