I’ve had embroidery on the brain recently – which is odd since I don’t actually know how to DO any embroidery… It came up over Thanksgiving when we were talking about our family tree.
See, the tree has been growing for 4 generations – and we’ve just about run out of room.
So we’re discussing making some new trees, to carry on the tradition. But that’ll involve a LOT of embroidery.
I’ve been thinking about embroidery ever since. Then, one of my co-workers was embroidering some wee little fruits on kitchen towels for christmas gifts. I want to try that! Maybe not kitchen towels since ours tend to get ratty fast. Maybe handkerchiefs,* or pillowcases, or tiny christmas ornaments, or trim on a home-sewn skirt! The opportunities seem endless. But like I said, I don’t know how to DO any embroidery. Can you suggest a link? or a book? My co-worker suggested Urban Threads, and while they have some interesting designs they don’t really have any how-to instructions. I do know I want embroidery, not cross stitch – I don’t think I like cross stitch.
There seem to be plenty of embroidery/knitting crossovers. There’s the amazing purple knucks, a mention of crewel embroidery in cast on, Grumperina’s pillows, and even the french knots in Elijah’s eyes. Ok, I do know how to do french knots, as it turns out…
*don’t laugh, I actually USE plain handkerchiefs now. They’re way better then tissues. A) they’re reusable and B) no matter how bad a cold I may have I never get that raw feeling or the red-under-the-nose look. What the tissue companies don’t want you to know is that a nice, cloth handkerchief is better then ANY aloe-impregnated, soft-paper ever could be.