Another interesting consideration when looking back over my work in the last fifteen years or so is just how 'stuck' I have been on monochrome non-counted embroidery - particularly the Elizabethan style. I love it so much, but I do think I need to work a bit more on exploring other techniques. I'm going to challenge myself to try it. New skills will enhance existing ones, and it can only enrich my experience. Obviously (as embroidery takes so long,) this will be a long term project, but it is one which I am looking forward to. It might give me confidence to try some of the bigger 'dream' projects I have been thinking about for years.
This thought-thread made me think that I should go back and review some of my very early work so that down the track I can compare it to where I am now. A lot of the pieces were done pre-digital camera, so there are no photos (or at least no good photos) but it will be nice to do a review in a year or two and see how far I have got with the challenge. I've also noted that I haven't taken pictures of things that are not finished, and there are a lot of those.
(These headings are the categories that the Worshipful of Company of Broiderers of Lochac cover.)
Couching, Laid work
Metal thread work, Purl work
Canvas work, including Slips
Cross stitch, including Voided work (Assisi)
Counted Thread work
Raised work, Padded work
Whitework (not Hardanger)
Non-counted thread embroidery
Coptic embroidery and pre 1000 AD work.
Woolwork e.g. Bayeux Tapestry
Or Nue, Lazurtechnik
German counted work
Canvas work, Table carpets, Slips
Polychrome Elizabethan Embroidery
Embroidery for Household Linens
Sooo very many napkins! I won't show them all
Embroidery for Regalia