When I first started stitching I was lucky enough to have coffee with Miki Karson. She specializes in dense, vibrant embroideries that sell for thousands of dollars in galleries.
I asked her about her process. She said there wasn’t one. A picture showed up in her head and she would make it. I asked how she knew which ideas were worthwhile and which ones she should scrap. She said if she wasn’t excited about something, she didn’t make it. I asked her how to get over my fear of color (I have a terrible time worrying over what colors should be in a piece together) and lamented that I was only making single color pieces at the time because of it. She told me that if I love the things I’m making and how I go about making them, then there was nothing to worry about. Other people might do things differently, but that doesn’t make them right - or wrong. Just make things that make you happy. The end.
One of the technical things I asked her was how she organized her floss. She didn’t. She kept all her floss in a huge drawer. Expensive silks next to cheap cotton next to linen next to rayon. When she started a new project she would reach in, and the first thing she picked up would be what she would start with.
This post made me think of that conversation. I just thought it would be nice to share it. :)