A few weeks ago I sat down on the cozy couch with my stash of scraps and started piecing together little tiny squares. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, I just wanted to work on something small. As the night progressed I decided on a bookmark. It's a bit wonky because I was not putting too much effort into cutting every square prefect, but after all the bits were in place I thought it would make a funky little embroidery sampler. I have been wanting to practice my embroidery stitches... as you can see from my silly stitches I need the practice.
My go-to book for anything needlework related is the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. I have had it for years and always refer to it first for questions related to knitting, crochet, applique, quilting... well, just about anything with needle and thread.
So for a few weeks now it has come along with me so I can refer to it for all kinds of fun embroidery stitches, sneaking in a few stitches here and there while I wait for the kiddos to finish up an activity or sitting with the chickens in the backyard.
Silly stitches and all I love the way it turned out. I love batik fabric and really... how can you go wrong when you include pretty little bits of batik?
Needing something new to work on after I completed the bookmark I moved on to one of my crazy quilt squares. What will it become when it's finished? Who knows... ideas are rolling around in this brain of mine. I let you now what rolls out.
The library has turned up some inspiration as well.. Currently drooling over the stitches and projects in Embroidered Treasures for Children.
Fun online sources of inspiration can be found at Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials and Yumiko Higuchi... The Naturalist especially loved this Rooster Pouch and the bees. I am lovin' the Autumn Embroidery. So beautifully natural...
Have you been creating lately? What are you making?