Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My first embroidery project!!

Let me start by saying I am the biggest procrastinator in the world. This project I stared back in March and just completed it recently.

I love to make hand made gifts for my friends. So I thought it would be cool to embroider a pillowcase for my best friends b-day. Okay, so her b-day was back in April...but hey, better late than never right? This is my first embroidery project...except for the smiley face I embroidered on my jeans when I was 9 (it didn't turn out so well).

I am super happy with how it turned out!! Actually I can't believe how well it turned out. There are a few mistakes, but my philosophy on crafting is that its not supposed to be perfect.

I started off with the monkey. The hardest thing about him was the satin stitch...I always seem to go outside of the line. The pillow was supposed to be monkey theme but I couldn't find enough monkeys that I liked.

I did find Needlecrafter. It is full of video tutorials and vintage patterns. I learned most of the stitches I used on this pillow there. The video tutorials are awesome...I am a visual learner and watching someone do the stitches is better than looking at a diagram of how the stitch is done.

Anyway, I found the birds and the to belle ladys there. I had the most fun with them. They started out as two different patterns and I combined them. I made them to represent me and my friend. The hardest part of them is the lazy daises they never look even all the way around. Maybe I should have drawn them better when I transfered the pattern. I'll know that next time.

My friend loved it! I was a little concerned that she wouldn't. I never know if someone will like my hand made gifts or just think I am crazy!

I can't wait to start my next project. I think I am going to embroider tea towels for my grandmother.

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