I love sewing--any form of needle and thread makes me happy.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Embroidering Again

After a long hiatus- several years- I decided to pick up surface embroidery again.  I've done several cross stitch pieces recently but no embroidery for at least 3 or 4 years and then only basic stitches to embellish a top.  I decided it was time to teach myself to stitch once again.  So, I got out an old tutorial of my mom's called "A Comprehensive corse in Crewel Embroidery" by Marion Nichols from 1971. This is actually the primer to a class that presumes you have the accompanying printed pattern which I didn't. So I just did a free form sampler of each of the stitches on some muslin as they were introduced in the book.  Once I felt comfortable with one stitch, I moved on to the next.  Soon I felt ready for a "real" piece to work on. 

I found a likely picture on the internet, site now unknown, and copied.  I touhgt it would work as a sampler of sorts for different stitches.

I've learned so many new stitches on this piece. It's not perfect but it was fun. I can't wait to finish it as a pillow for my youngest daughter who loves owls. 

Happy stitching.

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