Gettin’ Down With Embroidery

Embroidery Floss

Okay, first, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had a really good (and random) NYE.  I always love when I can hang out with a group of my faves together.  Well, and I witnessed a late 50’s/early 60’s guy doing karaoke to Snow’s “Informer”, so obviously that was pretty incredible.

Unfortunately, I also woke up sick on NYE, so I’m trying to take it easy over here.  I’ve pretty much spent the entire day today watching a Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon and trying to learn about embroidery.  I lead a pretty glamorous life, so yeah.  I also discovered a place nearby that sells deep fried macaroni & cheese, so that was pretty wonderful.

Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, today’s project was embroidery.  I haven’t previously dabbled in embroidery and I always thought it was a pretty granny thing to do.  However, I’ve come across a lot of really fun stuff while perusing Etsy and Pinterest, so I decided to try it out.  I’m a huge perfectionist, so my first attempt isn’t really anywhere near where I’d like it to be, but I think it’s a decent start and I’m excited to learn and practice more.

I love, love, love feline friends, so when I found a bunch of cute cat stencils that didn’t look too intricate I knew I needed to use one for my first project (check out the stencils at thepinksamurai.com).

Embroidery

I also checked out Urban Threads to learn a bit about embroidery stitches.  I did this piece using the “backstitch”, and I think I need to work on making the stitches more uniform, but I have the feeling that will come with practice.

I bought all of my supplies at Michaels, which included tracing paper and a heat transfer pencil.  However, I had some trouble with the heat transfer and ended up tracing the stencil directly onto my fabric.  I think I’ll probably try using a carbon transfer for my next project – from what I’ve read, it seems like it might be a better solution.

I have a bunch of fun ideas that I’m excited to try out, so stay tuned for them!

Cat Lady Embroidery

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