Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Beginning Stitchery Basics...
I have been following a wonderful blog named elefantz written and shared by the very talented Jenny. Jenny has begun 2015 as "A Year of Gentle Domesticity" and this really spoke to me. In my quest of enjoying every day to the fullest I am joining Jenny in her monthly stitchery subscription and swap. Well...hesitantly I must say as my embroidery skills are very rusty and I left them back in the 70's with flowers and peace signs and the "hippy" movement. Back then I stitched on everything...shirts, jeans, blouses, hankies...nothing was spared.
I found my light box and got busy. Did I have the "right" pen...no but that didn't stop me. I traced one of Jenny's patterns I received in my monthly Stitchery program subscription. What a treat!
Here I have completed my tracing and I do believe it looks rather like the pattern. Good news.
Then I ironed on the stabilizer in preparation for stitching with needle and thread. What? Really? How could I do that? "Did I do that?" (I can hear Urkel saying it to this day!)
Drat! I immediately tried to pull off the warm stabilizer. No such luck. I had ironed it onto the front side of my pattern instead of the backside. How did I do that? No saving this piece. Seems I need to pay much better attention to what I am doing.
Okay here I am tracing the pattern once again. This time I now have a much smarter pen to use. It has a finer line.
Here it is all ready to iron on the stabilizer to the BACKside.
Success! I finally have needle and thread bringing this to life. I will share the finished project at a later time. Do you embroider? Do you have any hints or tips for me? I am definitely ready for any updates since the 1970's Flower Power stitching days.
We are having glorious weather. Sunshine and mid 50's F during the days and nights with lots of damp moisture. We still desperately need rain. Now the ski resorts are having to close for lack of snow. This is really sad news for not only economic purposes but truly for our watertables.
I spent Sunday at my local Chamber hostessing the Visitor Center. When I signed up many weeks ago I didn't realize this past weekend was our annual Film Festival. Boy was I busy with visitors. I had families from as far away as New York and Hungary. Amazing how our little historic town draws people. I have added the link if you want to check it out and make plans to visit in 2016.
I am hoping you are enjoying your Creative Bliss...I am doing just that. Being creative makes me so happy. My sewing machine is humming along. My paper and punches and glue and ribbons are happily creating Valentines. What are you creating? I'll be sharing some things soon. Blessings and safety to all in icy conditions...