I had to take my sewing machine in to be serviced. It gets this really pesky squeak that I just can't take care of on my own. Anyway, the sewing machine repair shop does a great job and when I get it back it sews like buttah- so I don't mind. What I did mind was having nothing to do. Believe it or not, I actually work both a full-time and a part-time job and still have time to make. I am just one of those people who cannot and will not, sit idly and watch- my- TV life away. So when I wake up in the morning I generally sew or whatever for 45 minutes and I get another 45 minutes in at night before I go to sleep.
So I picked up a little embroidery while I awaited my machine's make-over. I have had Jenny Hart's book Sublime Stitching for several months staring longingly at the pages. See I originally tried a little embroidery when I first got the book, but I had a hard time with it. I think my trouble was that I had chosen too big of a needle for the weave of my fabric.
I got that all sorted out and now had the time to practice. The first thing that I ever embroidered was this cute little owl (all of these are from Jenny Hart's book Sublime Stitching). He is so feisty. His stitches are a little rough, but that seems to suit his character. Then I did the little lemon- how delicious. I think I may add some embroidered touches to the back of the lemony quilt that I am making for my mom for Christmas.
The most recent thing that I completed was the little spaceship an aliens. I did this while waiting for my boyfriend to get up one morning. I'm thinking of making a pillow or maybe small quilt of spaceships and stuff for the little nephew. I now totally love embroidery. It is so rewarding for a quilter because I am so used to things taking weeks. These all took under 30 minutes and my stitching definitely improved fast.
I think I may pick up some new transfers also at Jenny's Site. I like the El Diablo ones. I also found this website that has free downloads and tons of really good tips. Lastly, I really found this blog called Primrose Design, really excellent. She has a Stitching School with great informative posts that are easy to follow.