Friday, January 29, 2016

First Embroidery Project

When I first started getting in to this project, I had my reservations. Just like the start of any other hobby, it is exciting to learn something new. But I think I always have an affinity for any project requiring a good deal of time and patience.  I have to say, though, that I have fallen in love with this pastime. I did the majority of this project while our dog was recovering from a neck injury and needed constant attention (they can not be left unattended,unless in a kennel, because any wrong move could cause further damage.) So it was nice to work on a creative pursuit from the comfort of my own couch ('cause, 'Murica). Can I say that I liked this idea so much that it made me pick up my knitting needles again?-But, that is a story for a different post.-

I bought Jessica Marquez's Craftsy class, Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery, last fall. Let me just say, it is one of my favorite class purchases so far (and believe me, I'm probably one of Craftsy's biggest customers!). Jessica has a beautiful design aesthetic and just a really easy way of presenting all of the technical content involved.

The pattern is by Amy Sinibaldi, of NanaCompany, and can be bought on Etsy. I so admire Amy and her work. Like her, I hope to incorporate more hand embroidery into my quilting projects.

The background fabric is designed by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics and is from her Wanderer collection.

I'm not really sure what I will use this finished piece for. I'm leaning towards just keeping it in the hoop, encasing the back, and putting it on my mantle as part of my fall decorations. You can watch my blog/Instagram account because I will be sure to add the stylized photo to both places :)

I already have two more embroidery projects rolling around in my head and hope to start on another one soon.

Here are some other projects I have been working on:

I started this quilt back in 2014. It is of my own design and I am naming this one, Galaxy. Obviously, because of the stars and because my latest nerdy love has, of course, been Star Wars!

My current knitting project, Stephen West's Chadwick shawl. This will probably be my  next finish-I am in a knitting frenzy! Also pictured, my current read because I am OBSESSED with the Bronte sisters. I read Jane Eyre last summer. I just finished Villette and began Wuthering Heights this past week.