Posts Tagged ‘cupcake’

Stitchy stitchy…

January 7, 2009

My newest obsession (which I’m sure will last about another week, as it seems I can only sustain a hobby for about 2 weeks at a time) is hand embroidery.

I guess I first learned how to stitch when I was a kid from my friend’s mom.  She was this awesome June Cleaver-style mom who made all kinds of crafts and sewed clothes for her kids.  And me.  Well, I got one T-Shirt dress that was splatter painted with neon pink and blue.  And let me tell you, I wanted that dress so badly.  And once I got it, I WORKED. IT.

No round little girl worked neon like I worked neon.

So I vaguely remember her teaching us the easy stitches, and I vaguely remember not really ever figuring out anything but a running stitch.  But look at me now.

In case you all don’t know, you can basically learn anything online, and I learned pretty much every stitch I used on these web sites (and the fact that I just taught myself the other day online is why my pieces look pretty messy. Meh, oh well)  :

http://www.needlenthread.com/

http://www.sublimestitching.com/          <–and various forums associated with Sublime Stitching

http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/stitches/free_embroidery_stitches.html

http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

All of these are awesome resources for know how and inspiration of what embroidery can be.  Meaning; it can be more than those daily chore kitten tea towels your mom had.  Not that those aren’t actually adorable.

They are.

At least my Mom’s are.

So here’s what I’m working on:

These are both tea towels I’m making as a hostess gift for a friend’s friend who is letting us crash at her house when we go to Disneyland (leavingtomorrowYAY!)

Side note: Disneyland makes me so excited it’s all I can do to keep myself from peeing.

Here’s a cupcake towel…

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and a towel about pie…

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And can I ask all you out there how do you keep the back of the tea towel from looking like the embroidery floss aisle vomited on your work?  Am I the only who doesn’t know how to plan ahead well enough?  Is there some secret trick?  Do they all look like this?

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I mean, that looks like the evil demon soul of the cupcake and pie.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.