Monday, August 23, 2010

Made By You Monday - Embroidered Pillow


I still remember the summer I spent with my grandparents, aunts and uncles in Mississippi. For one thing, it was extremely hot and I was from Florida. But I remember my aunts teaching me how to cross-stitch. All of the cross stiching they had done over the years seemed so intricate and beautiful. So they gave me some supplies and taught me. It wasn't a pretty start. The diagram alone made my brain hurt and the back looked atrocious.  I never really took it up again.

This year in my nesting research and adventures, I found Sublime Stitching. I loved their modern patterns and different approach to embroidery in general. I knew I had to try it again. However, I tried some different embroidery stitches and this time it just seemed to make sense. It was also a perfect activity to do while on the couch, watching baseball in the summer, since it's way too hot for knitting.

One of the quotes I read from Jenny Hart, the founder of Sublime Stiching, in favor of embroidery, was that it was relaxing and soothing. I completely agree. With the little hours that I have in the day its nice to relax on the couch and also create something instead of feeling guilty of just relaxing. The first project I decided on was a pillow for a friend that is getting married. I wanted to make a pillow with love birds until I found a beautiful transfer from Sublime Stiching with two peacocks. It was perfect.



It's my first finished embroidered project and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I even added some sequins to the feathers of the peacocks for a little something extra. I cannot wait to start on my next project and hopefully the warm weather holds out a little longer so I can continue embroidering before knitting projects start calling my name.

There really aren't enough hours in the day...Patience. 

5 comments:

  1. Your first project? Wow -that's some skill. Love this. Embroidery can be as addictive as knitting! Check out the Raggedy Anne I'm almost done on my blog! (Found you from Made by You Mondays, BTW)

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  2. Looks great. My grandmother taught me how to embroider when I was very young, and I just began doing it again a few months ago. I love it! I have been trying to figure out how to add it to my scarves. The only thing I havne't totally solved is that somethings the wrong side of the stiching isn't that pretty.

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  3. I love this! You are such a talented and creative daugter-in-law.We are very proud of you!

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  4. That turned out really nice! Love it! Keep up the beautiful work!

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