My knitting is in a rather dull spot at the moment, so I'll show you something else that has caught my fancy these days . . .
I have always loved hand-stitching, and especially embroidery. After all, it was my "first craft." My great grandmother taught me simple embroidery when I was very young. My first project? She wrote my name on a piece of muslin, threaded my needle with blue embroidery floss, taught me the backstitch . . . and I successfully stitched the whole thing right onto the skirt I was wearing! We had to cut if off and begin again. (My first experience of "so shall you sew, so shall you rip"!)
Anyway, I used to do quite a lot of embroidery. Lately, though? Not so much. Hand-stitching has been pretty limited to my Alabama Chanin projects.
But I've been following several embroiderers on Instagram for a while, and decided to just pick up my "tiny needle" and jump back in.
I started with this little kit from Cozy Blue Handmade. (The photo uptop is also a Cozy Blue kit.) Her kits are all-inclusive and ready for immediate stitching. (They include the stamped fabric, embroidery floss, a needle, the wooden hoop frame, and basic instruction).
(I have always struggled with satin stitch. I try all the tricks -- I outline the area first, for example and fill it in with seed stitch before doing the satin stitch. Still, it's uneven . . . but I'm working at letting my perfection "flow" right out the window. So there you go.)
I'm really having fun with these little projects right now. In fact, I have a couple more in my line-up!
A change of scenery is good for the soul!
How about you? What are you working on?
Make sure to stop over at Kat's today to see what everyone else is "unraveling" this week!
Also . . . don't forget to check out the Wild Game book discussion happening this week. Find the discussions questions here, here, and here. Be sure to comment for a chance at our book-lover's prize package.