NO BOUNDARIES! Philosophy
No Rules – No Mistakes – No Judging – No Boundaries!
NO BOUNDARIES! is a unique and totally different concept from other traditional styles of needlepoint expression. In traditional needlepoint, teachers and stitchers highly value regularity and strive for perfection within each stitch: if there is an irregular pattern or a twist in the thread, it is considered a “mistake” or “flaw”. NO BOUNDARIES!, on the other hand, puts much more importance on free expression and experimentation than on perfecting stitches.
When experimenting with the NO BOUNDARIES! approach to needlepoint, try to keep in mind these five basic tenets:
- Appreciate the gifts of serendipity.
- Embrace the concept that your finished piece is handmade and is not meant to look machine made.
- Be bold and adventurous – always.
- Allow your inner self to shine through and do not be concerned about what others would think about your “imperfect” work.
- Inspire and encourage others to create beyond their comfort level.
Serendipity / Serendipitous
- Noun: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
- Adjective: occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
- Synonyms: chance, accidental, coincidental; lucky, fluky, fortuitous; unexpected, unforseen
“that color combination was purely serendipitous”
- Word Origin: coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the heroes possess this gift.
The cornerstone to this creative approach is the word “serendipity or serendipitous”. When a stitcher concentrates on the perfection of the execution of a needlepoint stitch, then that exercise leaves no room for experimentation and happy accidents.
Note that the origin of the word is described as a “gift”. This gift is one that you give yourself when you allow it to happen, and one that is appreciated by others as being “organic” and approachable. So, as a stitcher, NO BOUNDARIES! encourages you to be bold and adventurous so that your creativity becomes a gift you give yourself and one that your share with others.
The Japanese people have traditionally admired “beauty with lack of intention” in nature and have adopted a philosophy of purposely allowing serendipity to enter it into their art forms such as weaving, ceramics and painting. They intentionally leave “flaws” in their artwork and admire irregular patterns, which mimics the irregularities of nature. It’s what makes a piece of art “organic”, touchable, and admired by many.
Hand Painted Threads
Now that I had given myself the gift of freedom of expression, I also found that I needed threads of colors and textures not found in manufactured colors, that expressed my passion for creating works that were unexpected. So “Color Stories” hand painted threads was born out of desperation for my need to create needlepoint with colors and textures that I could only find if I created them myself. Like an artist with paint, I craved colors that could be mixed to create new colors!.