Have you ever thought you couldn’t do something and later found yourself doing the very thing you thought you couldn’t do?
If you have ever conquered your doubts about something, you know how empowering it can be.
I’ve had a fascination with hand embroidery for as long as I can remember. Last year I started stockpiling embroidery patterns.
I bought a couple of books on embroidery, embroidery floss, a hoop, and needles. The only problem was I didn’t know how to embroider! I even took a class last year, but left feeling like I didn’t know what I was doing. So I packed away everything.
Fast forward to this year’s neighborhood 4th of July picnic. I was talking to one of my neighbors and discovered that she is an embroidery master. I told her about my frustrations with embroidery. She suggested that I try a stitch that I had never heard of before – the outline stitch. I’m sure you embroidery pros know all about it, but to me it was news!
I went home and gave it a try. And it looked pretty good! After that success, I picked up Jenny Hart’s Embroidered Effects.
I love the way she explains the stitches in plain language. I was feeling pretty bold after the outlining success so I tried other stitches in her book. Here’s a peek at some of my doodling.
Then I got even bolder and tried one of the patterns that I’ve been swooning over for the last year. It is Summer Flowers by Sarah Jane Studios.
I’m enjoying seeing her come together stitch by stitch. Right now, I’m working on her curls. Each curl is a French knot. Filling in her hair could take a while!
I have no idea what I will do with this little girl once she is all stitched up. Maybe she’ll be part of a pillow? Or should I get her a nice wooden hoop to hang out in? What do you think I should do with her?
Either way, I feel like my newfound skill has opened up a world of possibilities for me. Perhaps I’ll even become bold enough to try hand quilting one day!
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