Saturday, July 19, 2014

Embroidery Sampler

For a long, long time now I have wanted to do some embroidery. I love embroidered clothes, I like the embroidery hoop movement, and just pretty much all things embroidered. But it has always been on the back-burner; always off my radar because I have so many other things going on. 
Until one fateful day...
I was getting a wood-working book for my husband at the library and came across the book Hoop-La! 

SO CUTE! I went crazy. Most of it is not actually embroidery but just really cute ideas for embroidery hoop art. Well, I loved it and immediately started a pinterest board.

I decided to not wait any longer to try out embroidery.
I had embroidery floss already because my daughter likes to make friendship bracelets (OK, OK, and so do I, so we have quite a lot).
I had quite a lot of scrap fabric I could use.
But, I did not have any embroidery hoops, so I went to my local thrift shops and bought quite a few old embroidery hoops.

Now I was ready to go.
I decided that doing a sampler of lots of different stitches would be a great way to start--that way I could practice all sorts of different stitches for fun.
Feeling inspired by a modern sampler on Comfort Stitching, I decided to go with a lot of different stitches at right angles to each other in no particular organization or plan. This also helped in making the project fun--just do whatever stitch I felt like.

I went with a warm color scheme: reds, oranges, pinks and yellows because I *think* I might be decorating our almost-finished basement playroom in these bright, playful colors.

It was so fun to just google image search "embroidery stitches" and see what kind of pretty patterns came up. I'd do the stitch for as long as I felt then find a different one to give a whirl. 

I REALLY like how embroidery is SO easy to put down and pick back up. Truly, it is perfect for a mother of young children. I've been trying to learn how to spin wool also, but that is more of an endevour that requires me to block out some serious time. Embroidery, on the other hand, five minutes here and there is easy to accomplish.

Look at all these fun stitches! So, so many.

Now I need another project, because I'm thinking that embroidery is here to stay. :)

1 comment:

  1. Looks cool! That book looks to have a lot of cool ideas, love the pinterest board! I haven't done any embroidery for a while...must get out my last cross-stitch picture and get that finished, sigh!


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