At the beginning of a year I always feel a bit conflicted, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Of course I’m slightly relieved, what with all the stress and emotional burden (sounds rather ominous, right?) suddenly gone and me being able to breathe freely again. At this point I feel rather optimistic, as if I would want to build skyscrapers and climb on top of mountains. A fresh start! Unlimited opportunities! Upcoming vacations! So much to see!
And then well, I think about how it always is with ending years and starting new ones; everything you work for in a year sort of culminates in this festive time, like a celebration of the past year, a reminiscence of all the ups and downs you had to face. Then after two weeks it’s over and you have this huge mountain in front of you called ‘2016’. It’s scary. It’s thrilling. I don’t know.
So inside my head I normally feel a chaotic mess in the first days of a new year, and oh, I do not like anything chaotic anywhere near me (ask my boyfriend, he’ll tell you). So I try to plan as much as possible, and typically life tells me to go fuck myself when I try to do that. But like Adobe persistently keeps reminding me to update my flash player I keep trying to organize, and in this case, what’s better than a calendar? So here we go:
- Embroidery floss in four different colours
- A paperback notebook
- Letter stamps
- Ink pad (black)
- Black marker
- Embroidery needle
Think about the design you want to embroider on your front page, so either draw one of your own ideas or look on the Internet for some inspiration. Keep in mind that it has to be simple enough! With the pencil draw the design on the front page, but leave out some space for the year. With the small needle punch holes into every drawn angle (everywhere the lines change direction).
Start embroidering as you would normally do on fabric; thread the floss on the large needle and take the darkest colour, embroidering the bottom row of the design and parts of the next row (so that the colours sort of flow into each other). Continue with the second darkest colour and fill in the blanks left by the former colour (as seen on the picture). Leave out the space for the year!
Continue like this until you have used every colour. I chose to leave out the top of the front page due to the design in my head, but you can embroider the whole page if you like.
Time to fill the pages! With a black marker, divide the pages into four or five sections depending on whether a weekend occurs or not. Now use the letter stamps to name the days, and with the marker draw the numbers. I like the contrast of hand-drawn numbers and the printed letters, but if you have number stamps that’s even better. Continue!
That was a fun and rather exhausting project, but the outcome looks real nice! I would go into production with that if it wouldn’t take so long to embroider everything. Other than that, it was really nice to craft something different for a change, and something so very useful at the same time. Of course you can change the colour scheme, but I really fell in love with this combination. What do you think? Hope you are inspired!