It seems where ever you look someone is talking about some stitchery they have completed. There are several designers out there with beautiful patterns...Leanne Beasley, Cinderberry Stitches and Moore Patchwork and Quilting...just to name a few. Then there is all the talent on blogs...Our own British Anne has been working on a beautiful quilt (scroll down to the bottom of the post) and there's Rose in Australia that has been working on some beautiful blocks for her quilt.
So what's a girl to do when she sees all the inspiration...but to dive in and have a go.
I have to admit that I dove in kicking and screaming. Can you remember the gingerbread men quilt? Well I struggled and cursed my way through stitching the eyes and mouths...hated every minute of it and vowed that I couldn't do embroidery.
This is so typical of me...I will fight and refuse to try new things and normally the things I fight against most are the things I ended up trying and liking! I did this with hand quilting, appliqué and driving a car!! LOL and now stitchery...
Well I guess what made all the difference was some encouraging words...you know who you are and realizing that you stitch with 2 strands of floss not 6 (like I did on the gingerbread!!) and that the trick to nice straight lines is the backstitch (not the stem stitch) and that if you go through the same hole you've made from the previous stitch you get nice straight lines without gaps.
I found a bit of clipart I thought would translate nicely into stitchery, enlarged it slightly and used a light pencil to draw the design on my fabric..(is that what everyone else does?) and then got started. I've got a couple more I'm going try as they seem to stitch up quick...so watch this space...(oh what have I started!!!)
Thanks for all the inspiration folks!!