Monday, November 24, 2008

Learning Embroidery -- pink flowers, blue jeans

So Saturday morning, I wandered over to my LYS (Knitting Workshop) and took an embroidery class.  It turned out to be entirely focused on embroidering with yarn, and only covered about half the stitches in my Doodle Stitch book, but it was still useful, I think, just to see someone else making the stitches, especially the lazy daisy, which I think would have taken a while for me to figure out on my own.  The rest of them went pretty fast; it probably helped that I've done a bit of sewing in the past.

Then I came home for a craft day with some friends (Lori and Sean and Anne).  We taught Sean some basic crochet; Lori made good progress on her third crocheted scarf, and Anne worked on a very ambitious quilt.  Anne clearly has mad craft skillz, and I plan to be hitting her up for knitting lessons sometime soon.  I made good progress on my luxurious alpaca scarf, but then ran out of yarn just a few rows from the end.  Argh!  I thought about shortening it, but decided I couldn't bear to do it, so I'm going to have to stop by Nina today for another $15 skein of yarn.  Oof.  Oh well.  But then I borrowed a bit of Anne's embroidery thread and set to work on a plain pair of Kavi's jeans.  An hour or so later, my first embroidery project.  I so proud.

Detail of flowers:  lazy daisy, stem stitch, and a bit of satin stitch.  In retrospect, wish I'd just stuck to stem stitch throughout for the leaves, as I like that look better than the bit of satin stitching (on the leftmost leaf of the flower with two leaves.  Oh well -- will know for next time:

On model (she's reading Franklin's knitting cartoon book):


Blogger kshotz said...

Kavi is so adorable! Love the embroidery! My grandmother sat and taught me some of those stitches when I was a's been a long time since I tried it, but you make me want to give it a go again!

Kim in IA

4:53 PM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

I was inspired by Franklin's post on his embroidered baby sweater: It really is so much easier than it looks!

9:33 AM  

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