I have always loved embroidery, but I haven’t done much at all in the last several years. Since I love the meditative quality of hand stitching, I thought I’d start back at square one with some running stitches, back stitches, blanket stitches and couching. I was inspired by Rebecca Ringquit’s book, Embroidery Workshops. I’m moving on to Kazuko Aoki’s book, The Embroidered Garden. It’s a tutorial on embroidering delicate, beautiful flowers, butterflies and bees and I’m looking forward to trying my hand at this.
I always used the standard DMC #25 thread, using all 6 strands at once. I’ve learned that you can use this (without using all strands at the same time) and also #5 and #8, different yarns and metallic threads depending on what you’d like to accomplish. Ooooh, it’s going to be a fun couple of months experimenting with all of this.
The last picture I posted is a piece I started many years ago. I can’t believe how thick the stems on those flowers are. What was I thinking? Both of these books have been very inspiring and I’m loving every minute of moving my needle in and out of the fabric, calmly envisioning the possibilities of creative projects to come. The perfect way to spend a Spring afternoon.