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A Change of Scenery . . . Of Sorts

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!


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Your hand stitching projects are lovely and small projects, perfect in this COVID time. Projects that are relaxing, enjoyable and able to have a finish in a timely fashion. Yup, fits the bill for me.


Oh, boy, these could be *very* addictive!! Especially loving the new kit on the right (probably b/c of the black background). And I loved your first stitching story! Oh, to have that skirt now!!


Love these stitching kits! They look very satisfying to work. I used to do a ton of counted cross stitch, and I've been thinking about getting it out again (but haven't done it yet because I worry I'll get distracted from my other leisure time pursuits).


As I have been decluttering I have rediscovered an embroidery kit and a sashimi kit so I hope to join you with some stitching posts soon.


I want to click on the Cozy Blue link, but I'm afraid I won't be able to resist! Maybe just one little kit won't hurt and it might even be that new and interesting thing I'm feeling a need for right now. I'm off to check it out ...


First of all I love your stitching story - sewing your piece to your skirt. So classic!! I do like the kits you've chosen - especially the moon phase one. So many are doing these cozy blue kits right now. They are just charming! I discovered some stamped pillowcases in my stash - I might just need to work on them a bit too in addition to my sampler.


Thank you for the inspiration and the link! I just ordered the autumn mandala kit (which seems more like winter to me, but the name doesn't matter).
*And Bonny, I waited two hours with it in my browser, and then I hit "cart"!


Embroidery is amazing. Thank you for showing such wonderful, modern- looking examples.


These are too cute! I love that moon phases stitching! (and I think the satin stitches looks lovely!)


I've had my eye on the two you have waiting in the wings. I like Blue Cozy kits very much. I've got a big AC project (which doesn't get much love) and a sweater (and sock) on the needles. I think stitching will go by the wayside for now. It is nice to know we have the "talents" to do any craft that strikes our fancy!

Kim Sheehan

Oh I love these! I have done all of these except the one with the words in the middle. I'm so happy you'[re doing it!


I’m another Reader who had the nerve to click the link and go down the rabbit hole. I didn’t bother to wait 2 hours to put one of those adorable kits in my cart and click “order.” Can’t wait to receive it and start stitching. Thanks Kym (I think).


I love that story about stitching your project to your dress! <3

Those kits are so cute. I still have one of my first embroidery projects... big colorful mushrooms on a piece of orange loose-weave something resembling burlap. (It was the '70s.) Satin Stitch looks like it should be the easiest thing ever, but it sure is a bugger, isn't it?


Those are great projects! I never did embroidery but I loved counted cross stitch, it was my craft of choice in the late 80s and early 90s.


The story of sewing your stitching onto your skirt is priceless and classic. I like your change of scenery. I pulled out some quilting scraps this summer and have been making small nine patch blocks and waiting for inspiration.

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