Hello and happy Wednesday!
So all of my sewing stuff has been packed up and is ready for the move. I experienced a moment of weakness when I took stuff out to make a shirt…and then promptly realized I couldn’t find the fabric I wanted and I had sold my chair. Sewing on the floor is not fun and not really an option with how much of a mess my apartment is right now. So, I decided to head to my nearest Walmart (it was around 10 pm when I went, I wasn’t about to wait for things to be delivered) and pick up a few embroidery supplies.
DMC cotton floss in the colors I wanted to use for the patterns (shown below)
Embroidery needles, sizes 3-9
2 pack of blank kitchen towels, 100% cotton
An assortment of iron on patterns
An ugly neon green 6″ hoop (they had limited colors/sizes, I hate neon colors)
A super sweet, if not ugly colored, travel bag!
After a couple days I have to say…I love embroidery! Getting my stitch length down and even is tough but I have already looked up a couple tricks to help with that so I’ll be implementing those soon. For now I’m just enjoying playing around with a new creative process and experimenting with stitches, textures, all that good stuff.
I think what’s really awesome too is these will make great gifts. An embroidered towel or something will be a much easier gift than something sewn and will be much better received. My family is thankfully very awesome that way. They like handmade gifts, so I don’t have to worry about putting in the effort only to have it be less-than-enthusiastically accepted. My mother and grandmother especially will adore whatever I do, which also encourages me to do something fun and different. I’ve always loved embroidery hoops for decoration. I need to learn how to do that framing technique but I have time.
I’m also glad I enjoy this because the idea behind picking embroidery rather than knitting (also a cool hobby) was to encourage me to do more hand stitching with my sewing projects. I know the stitches are not the same and all but just enjoying the act of sitting down and stitching is a great place for me to start. Before, I hated hand stitching because I thought it was boring. Now I know that it’s actually quite a nice alternative and the results are amazing. I can also add embroidery to future projects to add an extra special touch. Embroidery art is also very special and I’d like to try it out, see how I like it.
So far I’ve only tried back stitch, satin stitch, and french knots. Soon I’ll try others, some of the more decorative ones. I want to get a little book for a guide and everything. I know I can look it all up online, but who doesn’t like a book to hold on to?
Using an iron on pattern was actually incredibly easy and I highly recommend them for beginners. Mine were cheap (1 or 2 dollars for multiple designs that are multi use) and are cute patterns to start with for my first few projects. There is also a huge assortment so there is something for everyone. Like sewing though, make sure you wash whatever you’re going to embroider and
Here are pics of what I have so far, and of course follow me on Instagram @costumesandfashionbybethany to see more updates as they come!
Until next time,