I have never been big on embroidery because one thing I love about cross stitch, I know exactly where to stick the needle, I know that if I come up in this hole and go down in that one(hmmm, sounds a bit like, ahem) my stitch will be perfect(we won't get into that whole railroading/laying tool thing right now) but embroidery, well, you have to pay attention. You have to kind of know what you're doing or your stitches will be all over the place, different sizes, not straight, etc. That doesn't stop me from trying though. One of my treasures is a shirt my Mamaw embroidered me when I was 12 or 14, I can't remember exactly but I still have it and can't let it go. She didn't embroider much, so it makes that shirt even more special.
I love the look of embroidered linens and I have a dresser scarf my great grandmother embroidered. My Mamaw always said Mrs. Gibson and I would have loved each other because that woman loved her some embroidery.
The other day I was browsing the feeling stitchy blog and ran across this:
katie.cupcake: embroidery--scroll down a little. Her embroidery inspired me to stitch this:
Yes my picture is craptastic, but you can click on it to enlarge it and maybe it will be better.
Here's the indoor shot. I know I need to read some book or something about product placement, lighting, aperture(is that the right word?). I was going for the "bored student doodling in class or maybe what Ally Sheedy(the Basketcase in The Breakfast Club might have doodled in detention)
The notebook paper--all I did was flip over a piece of regular old notebook paper and trace over it with a heat transfer pencil. The tattoo is a Jenny Hart design from her Stitch It Kit. I've had that forever and never make time to embroider but I'm always inspired to do some embroidery after I browse Florasita's blog, things I've made: Finished! This link doesn't take you to her main page but to a project she recently finished.
Another item I'd like to share with you all are these:
I first saw these on the feeling stitchy blog and decided to order them for myself.
Yes you have to print and cut them out yourself but it's pretty easy with a pair of detail scissors like for scrapbooking, Martha Stewart's are $10 at Walmart and I know there are cheaper ones you can find at AC Moore or JoAnn's.
I printed out my first sheet of each on 110 lb card stock. I'd like something a little sturdier so I'm going to see if I can track down some 140 lb cardstock. It seems to be hard to find, but these on the 110 cardstock don't seem to be any flimsier than the inexpensive bobbins you can buy and I've used those for years. These are pretty sweet and really glam up the boring old floss bobbin. But I do think sturdier cardstock would make them just about perfect.
Since I mentioned The Breakfast Club, I'd like to say R.I.P. John Hughes. What a genius. He really captured the feel of a generation with his movies. He gave us the Brat Pack. We quote from his movies all the time around here and my 13 yr old loves The Breakfast Club.