Thanks for the embroidery links! The only thing preventing me from buying a kit* from the internet RIGHT NOW is knowing that my mom will bring me embroidery supplies from her basement this weekend – aren’t parents great?
But I’ve also been thinking back to the ONE embroidery project I ever did. My freshman year in college (long before I had a blog, or even knew how to knit) I was going a little stir crazy without my sewing machine. So I decided to make up a hand sewing project – a prettily embroidered hip bag to go with my renaissance faire costumes seemed like just the thing. I’d never been a fan of sewing seams by hand, but doing a little seaming and a lot of decorating seemed like a good compromise.
I remember some bits of the project better then others. I was blown away by the fabric shop I found in Boston. I don’t remember the name, but it was in a fancy brownstone part of the city. And it was tightly packed with gorgeous garment fabrics. Having done most of my fabric shopping at a jo-ann’s before then I was more then a little impressed. Think about your first trip to a big LYS, and just replace yarn with fabric to see what I mean. They had a remnants basket and I picked a lovely black suit wool and a jewel colored, nubbly silk for the lining. I had wanted a cobalt blue, but this peacock shade of green caught my eye instead:
And they had thistle buttons. Since I have scottish heritage, and had already decided this needed to be celtic themed, the button was perfect.
I made the pattern myself. A thistle for scotland,
a mountain in flames – the Grant family emblem.
I wanted celtic knots around everything.**
I don’t remember picking embroidery floss. I do remember I was making it up as I went along, and that I didn’t have a hoop. Now that I’ve read some embroidery tutorials I can tell you I did some version of satin stitch for the whole project. Maybe that wasn’t the best choice – but it certainly seems to have worked:
*I would get the petite kit, because I like the idea of a wooden hoop and silver scissors better then the plastic hoop and pink scissors. Also, the forest friends set of patterns. Not that I’ve seriously considered it or anything…
**and I’ve clearly been designing celtic cables since LONG before I knew how to knit them.