hand embroidery

#27: Try Hand Embroidery

A couple weeks ago, I woke up feeling a little meh, like I haven’t done enough or become enough so far in my life.  I found myself browsing online, searching very melodramatically for ‘how do you find a hobby’ and ‘how do you find your passion in life’.  It seemed a little silly, but the number of responses online clearly suggests that there are tons of us out there looking for something.

So in my searching, I found a suggestion to use the Day Zero Website and make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I immediately visited the website and loved the idea of creating a list of things to try within a certain time period.  I signed up right away, only to find that I had already created an account.  I had made a list of 89 things in 2011 that I wanted to learn to do.  Many of them were goofy and I rolled my eyes at my younger self (I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do the splits!) but of those 89 things, I’d inadvertently completed almost 40 of those goals.  I have no interest in doing many of the rest, but I really enjoyed taking a look at goals, long forgotten, and seeing that I had, in fact, accomplished something.

So I made a new list on February 14, 2017 and that list currently has 43 things on it.  So far, I’ve accomplished three. I think that’s a pretty good start.

img_8745This post is about #27 on my list, trying hand embroidery.  I had done some hand sewing before, in learning how to sew using English Paper Piecing. As I was sewing together a pile of hexagons, I started thinking about how cute it would be to embroider some of the solid color hexagons.  And so that little idea has been hanging out somewhere in the depths of my mind.  It was in making that list that I started looking for local classes.  I came across a local business, Needle, Ink & Thread, and saw that they offer a ton of classes– one of them being hand embroidery.  I signed up immediately and I am so so glad I did.

I learned lots of basic stitches– running stitch, back stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, french knots and lazy daisy stitches.  And in leaving the class, I knew I could put those new skills into practice.  One thing I loved about the class is that we weren’t doing old lady embroidery (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).  I learned these stitches using a sushi pattern!  How fun!

I found some great next steps as well and I am signing up for a subscription from Dropcloth Samplers on Etsy so I can learn more stitches and see where this new skill takes me.

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