I love embroidery. I love the history of it, and the design aspect. The Monet/8 bit pointillism of it. But the assigning it to and dismissal of it as a 'female' pursuit will always rankle. And it's part of that down-playing that I think led to my thoughts on this. If I learn a new skill, my first impulse is often to shrink it, so I've decided to go the opposite way. Enbiggening time.
Using yarn that I've re-plied on the spinning wheel I've been able to get a good range of colours in affordable yarn, and I'm pretty damn good with a drill, so scaling the whole thing up felt like the right way forward.
Have to confess, I hadn't expected the hole-drilling to be so arduous, but a combination of a well-placed flowerpot and a garden table is possibly not the ideal set-up for drilling this many holes. But I love how it's turned out - I love the boldness of it, and seeing it from a distance gives me a very happy warm feeling, and running my hands over the over-sized stitches had me squealing with glee.
I have plans for more designs, that I'll post on here in due course. In terms of sharing these, I think they might work well as kits, which would suit me as I imagine after several of the same design it would get a little dull, but I'll see how they pan out. I can imagine huge versions as wall-art! Watch this space.