Embroidery for cheaters, I mean beginners!!
I must admit I’m a fickle crafter!
Some crafts I seem to stick with, sewing seems to be keeping me hooked. Some I just I like the idea of and never actually get round to doing; scrap booking. Others I just fall head over heels in lust with, embroidery!
For my latest craft crush, embroidery, I blame Pinterest. I’ve seen some amazingly gorgeous creations which make my heart go all pita patter over the colourful flossy eye candy!
Seriously, grab a cuppa, and then type embroidery into Pinterest and swoon away, but first check out my little attempt at embroidery.
I mentioned to my mummy that I was looking for embroidery hoops, and the little poppit didn’t let me down. She got me 4 different sized hoops! Look at the size of that big hoop, who knew they even came that big?!
Anyway, I must admit that all the embroidery goodness was a little intimidating, so as I pondered as to what to do I remembered that I still had a few collections of the S.W.A.L.K stamps, volumes 1 and 2.
These stamps are un-mounted, so to use them I applied some EZ Mount to backs for ease of use.
I then secured my fabric in the embroidery hoop, and placed a pad of fabric underneath for some stability.
I placed my chosen stamp onto my square ruler (couldn't find the stamp block!) Added some ink, not too much!
And then I pressed the stamp onto the fabric. I made sure to press down all over the stamp without smudging any ink. After I removed the stamp I had the image stamped on to the fabric.
Now the fun part starts in choosing which floss colours to use. I used to do a bit of cross stitching, so have a little collection of floss, plenty to get me started with, if you are wondering, I use Anchor threads, so pretty!
Once I had made my choices, I began to embroider.
I don’t have much experience so I used mostly back stitch, a few French Knots and even a few lazy daisy stitches for the flowers.
Here it is hung on the wall, I must say, for my first go, I’m secretly really pleased.
I’m so pleased that it didn’t turn out absolutely poop, hopefully the more I do the better they will turn out.
Oh, and I got the best seal of approval, Ahren was sat with me whilst I was working on this and said ‘Mummy, your picture is wonderful!’. Isn't he a cutie!
This is a nice way to start the New Year, learning a new craft which I’m actually really enjoying. Are you learning a new craft, which one.
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