I’ve had this idea – a cats and laser pointer embroidery, based on my three cats – floating around in my brain for a while, and this weekend I was finally able to get it out of my head and into the real world.
My first attempt was…meh.
I love the laser pointer dot. On the very first go-round it was a French knot, and it just didn’t look right. The satin stitch, though, is exactly what I wanted it to look like.
The outlines were too chunky for me, and my stem stitch was all over the place. Plus Roo’s tail (cat on the left) was just…no. Not right at all. Looks like he’s waving hello with his back leg. I also didn’t really like the color I had picked out for Beckham.
So I ripped it all out (except for my beloved dot, of course) and started again – this time with one strand of black floss and ditching the stem stitch.
I’m much, much happier with this one.
I don’t consider myself to be artistic at all (in terms of drawing), but I’m very proud of this, since it was based on a sketch that I did. It’s not perfect, but it’s nice to step outside my comfort zone once in a while and challenge my own ideas of what I can and can’t do. Drawing is a skill like anything else – it’ll only get better with practice!
I’m intrigued by what can be done with simple outlines. Cats are so expressive and have such great lines – when they stretch and their spine curves up, or they’re curled up tightly, tail to nose, or sprawled on the floor, belly up, looking as undignified as a cat can possibly look. I have roughly 1.5 billion photos of my own cats to use as a reference, so you’ll probably see more pieces like this in the future.
The fluffy one is my favorite. Of course. He’s fun to stitch!