It only took me 4 years. Yup, f - o - u - r years to finally tackle this:That's how long ago my dear friend Heidi gave me this Stitch Sampler book.She knew I loved vintage embroidered items and after the little pumpkin was born, I developed a new love for hand embroidered vintage inspired boutique clothing.
So finally, this past Tuesday, I gave it a go! Armed with this great tutorial by my friend Angel, I dug through my stash of Aunt Martha's transfers and looked for the one that seemed the easiest to tackle...Saucy Suzy.I worked on it a little at a time over a couple of nights and here's what I came up with:Not too shabby for a first timer, right?
Her hair and dress were my favorite parts.
Her skin my least favorite.And those apples were pretty cute...even the "bruised" ones falling out of the basket...that's what I'm calling those with the wonky stitches. *wink*
This pattern made me think of going back to school to a little red one-room school from years long ago...hmmm... maybe I'll turn it into something for the little pumpkin for the new school year.And here's what I learned in the process:
1. Embroidery is A LOT easier than I thought.
2. It's kind of addicting...once you get going on a design you want to see it finished NOW.
3. Those little strands of embroidery floss can get tangled FAST...must figure out a better storage option.
4. French knots are NOT my friend! Yes, even with the glossy zoomed pictures in the book, mine were a big mess. Need more practice with fancy stitches.
5. I must work on getting my stitches closer together and my transfer pattern lighter.
Can't wait to tackle a new project involving this:and this:Isn't this vintage inspired goldi & the 3 bears fabric so sweet for little girls???!Yes, that pattern and that fabric were my motivation to tackle hand embroidery right now!
And a quick question for all of you hand embroidery gurus...do you flip back & forth between looking at the hoop from the front to the back side as you're stitching or do you blindly insert the needle from the back to the front and just happen to land in the right place from experience???
Hope you're having a great weekend!!