One of the things I like about the dead winter (and there aren't many!) is the stretches of time you find yourself with. You can try out ideas that have been pushed to the back of your brain during more hectic months and you can explore new mediums and tools without feeling guilty about having other more pressing matters that you 'should be' tending to. I am trying to take advantage of that as much as I can in these dark weeks and one new thing that has come out of it are these new embroidered monograms.
These are made to fit in a five inch round hoop and have a happy mix of reverse applique and hand embroidery. They actually have a bot more of an art deco-y feel than I anticipated. I honestly didn't even realize it until I stepped back from them when they were complete.
These also gave me a chance to use one of my favorite fabrics: corduroy! I am really happy with the extra texture it gives these and the softness it adds as well. I think a lovely printed cotton - or even solid cotton - would work too so hopefully I will have a chance to try that out as well.
Aside from those there has been a lot of sketching, some really hideous pendant necklace designs - nearly all of which ended up in the trash can, some playtime with paperclay, and even a wee bit of sewing!
What have you been exploring this winter? (Or summer depending on where you are).