The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman].
George Bernard Shaw

Free form Cross Stitching ATC

My favorite embroidery style is a loose, free form, anything-goes style. I like to bend the rules, or break up with them.

There are a lot of rules when it comes to stitching, especially cross stitching. Like consistent tension, no big thread jumps – and that all stitches face the same direction! That is fine if you’re following a pattern. But it is very fun to not obey those rules sometimes. To think “outside the box”.

I think you can apply the concept to anything, even cross stitching.

So I tried it, and I think it works.

Thinking outside the box…

Free form Cross Stitching ATC
Artist trading card in iHanna’s own free form cross stitching style.

Do you follow the rules in your creative work – or revolt against them? What are the unspoken rules about our creativity, and how can we challenge them even further?