I was wandering around a bookstore and came across this book by Aimee Ray. Its called "Doodle Stitching." The cover says it makes embroidery "fresh and fun" and, I don't know about you, but I'm all for fun that is fresh. So, I picked it up.
Now that's not the only reason I picked it up. I know this is going to sound lame, but the Little House books were a favorite of mine growing up. And I always wanted to try making beautiful embroidered things like the Ingalls girls did in the books. At least, I think they did... I know they made lace but I KNOW that will just end in frustration and thread tangles around my fingers while yelling at my boyfriend "WHY DID YOU LET ME TRY THIS!?"
My poor boyfriend :P
Below is my first attempt at embroidering. I wanted to practice the stitches before I tried doodling. Now, with three years of art school under my belt and hours and hours and hours of sketching, painting, and beading, you'd think I'd be able to sew along a line... well, I don't know if you can tell by blowing up the picture but I clearly have trouble :P
And my stem stitching (the wavy line of stitches on the right) isn't as close together as I'd like it to be. But, you know what? It's fun. I already have TONS of ideas on what to do with this new skill... well, once it becomes a skill. Ha. I'm far from calling it a "skill." Teehee.
ANYHOO! Before I leave you, here is a new necklace. And yes, that's a ceramic button. The clasp closes in front.
I'm hoping to get off my butt and post on etsy, but I'm also a bit distracted by the idea of embroidering. My boyfriend has joked that I'll one day ask him if we can move to a farm and such... well... my dad DID raise pigs in the Philippines while my mother DID have her own rice farm. I don't see why *I* couldn't make it work :P
Happy Wednesday, all! *hugs*