1 Year of Stitches

Saying Hello to ‘1 Year of Stitches’ 2021 and This Embroidered #CreatureCoat

Dog embroidery on a coat

Hel­lo! It’s been a while. I took an unin­tend­ed break for the past six weeks (or so) to work on some cus­tom embroi­dery orders for the hol­i­days. They all went out (and were received—whew!) on time, but after that much stitch­ing, I real­ly need­ed a break with as few oblig­a­tions as pos­si­ble. The first full week of the new year seems like a great time to return, so here I am. Let’s start 2021 with some 1 Year of Stitch­es talk. If you were read­ing last fall, you might’ve seen my arti­cles on par­tic­i­pat­ing in 1 Year of Stitch­es 2021.

Unfa­mil­iar with 1 Year of Stitch­es? It’s a year­long dai­ly embroi­dery project cre­at­ed by artist Han­nah Claire Som­merville. The premise is that you make at least a stitch a day (typ­i­cal­ly on the same piece of fab­ric) every day for a year. It’s sim­ple and fun. Learn more about it here.

You can tech­ni­cal­ly start 1 Year of Stitch­es any day of the year as long as you’re stitch­ing 365 con­sec­u­tive days. I like to start on Jan­u­ary 1 for a few rea­sons. First and fore­most, the dates are easy to keep track of. Sec­ond, I feel a renewed cre­ative out­look because it’s the new year. And third, this time of year is cold and dark so why not bright­en it with an embroi­dery project?

I’d been think­ing about my own 1 Year of Stitch­es for months; it began this sum­mer when I was brows­ing the Posh­mark app and saw a den­im jack­et on sale for very cheap. On an impulse, I bought it with the inten­tion of using it for embroi­dery… some­how. It lat­er occurred to me that this would be a great gar­ment to use in 1 Year of Stitch­es 2021.

Stitch­ing pet por­traits on cloth­ing is my spe­cial­ty, and I knew I want­ed to do some­thing that cen­tered around ani­mals. After all, 1 Year of Stitch­es is a great way to prac­tice a tech­nique or style of embroi­dery. So, my plan is to stitch a dif­fer­ent ani­mal por­trait (most like­ly a dog or a cat) every month for the entire year. If all goes accord­ing to plan, I should have a dozen crea­tures all over this jack­et. (I’m call­ing it the #crea­ture­coat this year.)

I spent my Christ­mas hol­i­day final­iz­ing the sketch for Jan­u­ary. It’s a por­trait of my par­en­t’s dog Mad­die, who sad­ly crossed the rain­bow bridge in late 2020. (She was the ring bear­er at my wed­ding!) You can fol­low my progress on Insta­gram, but here’s how the first few days have gone.

I look for­ward to shar­ing with you more through­out the year! If you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in 1 Year of Stitch­es, let me know through DM or email.

1 Year of Stitches daily embroidery project

Jan­u­ary 1, 2021

1 Year of Stitches pet embroidery on coat

Jan­u­ary 2, 2021

Dog embroidery on a coat

Jan­u­ary 3, 2021

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Dog embroidery on a coat