Embroidery is something I've dabbled in since the age of 10, but it's not something I ever consistently worked on or stuck with. So when I saw a slow stitch sew along on Instagram hosted by Jill Wignall, I decided to join in. My hoop is filled with muslin and will become a sampler of all the new stitches we learn. Monday started off the first week with the running stitch.
I then remembered a kit I purchased last summer while in Leesburg, VA.
It's a stamped dropcloth sampler kit so I figured this was a good time to dig it out and finally work on it, using a running stitch and whatever else I felt like doing.
I'm happy to say I finished it yesterday.
I know a lot of people who say that handstitching is very relaxing for them. I really love the look of Indian Kantha and Japanese Boro stitching and that may be something I could enjoy. I think the reason I've never really done embroidery is because of all the fancy stitches and feeling like they have to be done just right. I prefer to just play around and not necessarily follow any rules or feel like things have to be perfect.
The striped material above reminds me of ticking. It used to be a button-up shirt for my husband, but after a big gaping hole developed in the sleeve, it became material for me. So today I played with threads and stitched a little plant scene just for fun.
Speaking of plants, I'm very, very happy that for the first time I've had success with growing plants from avocado pits.
And not just one, but four.
Wishing you a wonderful day,