4 years ago
Thursday, June 10, 2010
artful thursday - stitching
ok. so this is my little "stitching-on-the-go" kit. like stitch at the park while the kids are playing, stitch at tennis lessons, stitch in the car...you get the idea.
earlier this spring, i participated in teresa's stitching ezine. i learned a lot, and i most definitely enjoyed the free style stitching compared to following a pattern and counting squares like i did in junior high. here's my final sampler. i am a complete novice embroiderer, and so like other things that are new or awkward, i didn't totally love the project...BUT...
it is always a good idea to stretch yourself. or so i've heard.
so for those of you (like me) who prefer paper, this is a tiny little stitching project that will take you no time at all!
first of all, gather your fabrics and embroidery thread. i used some natural linen fabric, but you can really use about anything that is a medium-ish weight. stitch a heart about the size of a half dollar. i used white thread and just a basic back stitch.
add a zig-zag pattern around the heart, again with just a basic back stitch. i used an old fashioned pink color for this. okay. if you are unsure about these stitches, check out this site...because they are big time professionals.
then...use the lazy daisy stitch to create these pretty little tear drops exploding from the zig zags.
i added black x and o's...
and stitched a larger heart around the smaller one, stuffed it with filling, added a ribbon and button for embellishments, and voila!
i plan to use these on pretty packages or as small gifts to sweet friends.