Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Baby steps back into embroidery & welovefrenchknots

Somewhere around a year ago, I began to notice embroidery making a serious "comeback" as sewing becomes more and more popular and mainstream again. I saw patterns for skirts, or children's clothes, embellished with some small amounts of embroidery. Then there were quilt patterns with embroidery on them. And then, full on embroidery patterns seemed to be everywhere all of a sudden.

Then my friend Bari texted me about a great new idea she had for a new blog, guess what...all about embroidery! That was it, I decided I had to give it a try. The cool thing is, I had done a ton of stitchwork of various kids as a kid. I LOVED cross stitch, and for years worked on project after project. Like so many things, when I became a teenager, it wasn't "cool" enough, so I stopped.

I was a bit intimidated, but I got some gorgeous floss from Bari's shop, some cloth, a cheap hoop, and some needles at Joann (ack!) and then I hunted around for something easy to start with. Here's what I chose.

I found some great, easy, BASIC, but cute iron on patterns at SewMamaSew, and chose this Aunt Martha's to start with.

The directions were clear, and the transfer worked super well. It was easy and took maybe a total of 5 minutes, including heating up my iron!

Here it first "project" on the second stage of my embroidery life. I used only a split stitch, but by the time I was done I was feeling much more comfortable and confident enough to try other stitches.

Here's the back of my work. Not great, but not horribly messy. Again, I'm sure this will improve with practice.

One universal recommendation was to get this book. I got mine on Amazon here. I am so looking forward to my next project!

To see more about my friend Bari's new endeavor, head over to She's got videos up already and it looks to be a super fun and exciting blog.


BRT said...

Ohhhhhh that cherry pattern is one of the fruits my mom and I stitched on onesies for my firstborn when she was born (which was exactly 17yrs ago today!) . It brings back such wonderful memories!!! Aunt Martha is one of my faves!! Thanks for sharing!!

Mauby said...

Beautiful Cherries! I did a lot of stitch work as a kid too. I've been enjoying bits and pieces of embroidery in my work lately as well...

Love Bari's new site as well and enjoying all the hoopla about embroidery coming back!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking the same thing. Embroidery may just be the new black... I remember that campy crewel stitching we did with yarn eons ago and thought I should stay far away until some of the cuteness I've seen on Pinterest. Digging out the needle and floss. I'm sure I have a hoop around here somewhere.


Anonymous said...

It looks great! Can't wait to see more. XO,

Belinda said...

I've been wanting to just like you!!
My story sounds like your story, I used to cross-stitch till all wee hours of the night! But do I start learning to do something else??? Thanks for the links, I have earmarked your post!!