Thursday, May 20, 2010

Artful Thursday ~ Week 19

Sorry I'm running a little late :0)

This week's Artful Thursday Project was so much fun! I have found a new hobby to add to my repertoire!

I have cross stitched for most of my life and for some reason, never attempted embroidery. Until now. I have been seeing some beautiful things being made, so I thought I would start as a beginner and see what happens. Well, I now have a new love ♥!

After searching for something simple to start with, a found a wonderful place that offers free embroidery patterns. So, I picked one & printed it out. Then came the fabric part. Since all I have is cross stitch, I found an old white dress shirt from Charlie (see, I told you Hubby's were good for something! JK) and cut out a piece of fabric big enough to cover the design. Now, let me state right here that I never NEVER learned how to cross stitch using a hoop. So, I did this piece without one too. And unless I did something wrong, it worked fine for me. I still might pick some up, as I go along.

I basted the fabric to the paper.

And started stitching. There are lots of different kinds of stitches, and I referred here quite often!

I think there are a total of 6 lessons, so make sure you look at all of them. It's very helpful.

Then came the part I was worried about. Removing the paper pattern from the fabric. I would highly recommend having a good pair of tweezers handy! Overall it came out fine, but I did have a few French Knots pull out. I just waited until I was finished and went back with my thread and reworked them.

I did play around with a few different techniques.

I love the two lovebirds!!

I've hooked now! I will be getting some better fabric to work with and can't wait to get started on my next embroidery piece!!!


1 comment:

  1. Kristal, for a beginner you did a fantastic job. I hadn't tried embroidery for almost 35 yrs & I just picked up a needle & some floss when I came across Amy Powers 'inch' projects & just love it!! Check out several of her blogs under ..... inspireco ..... Some of her followers will give you tons of inspiration.
    Best Wishes, Nancy
    p.s. Please try a hoop, you will find it sooooo much easier!