It's my birthday week! My official birthday is tomorrow. I can't wait. I love birthdays. Mine. Yours. Anybody's. I have no prejudice when it comes to birthdays (or anything else, I hope!).
In celebration of my birthday, I am going to share with you a few of my favorite things this week. Since Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and my birthday week is almost always during the week of this great event, I will probably be posting some holiday festivities along the way.
But for starters, I love embroidery! It's definitely one of my favorite things.
I soon gave that up. I mean, high school, sports, friends...way more fun. And time consuming.
Only very recently did I re-channel that desire for hand embroidered goodness. It was actually on my study abroad trip to Costa Rica that I decided to pick up the needle and thread again. I begged my tica momma to take me into the city to a store that sold floss, aida cloth, embroidery hoops, needles and a guide book. Our communication over this matter was nothing less than a test of patience and linguistic skill. Let me not forget the ever important and universal hand gestures.
I don't think I have mentioned that throughout this journey of cross-stitch awareness, I never actually completed anything. At least not that I can remember. Also, let me say that the graphics that I chose to cross stitch (and that were readily available) were baby farm animals and puppies. Cute, but not really interesting. Needless to say, I think I became bored with it.
|The Queen of Embroidery|
|Day of the Dead Skull, a Jenny Hart design|
|Goofy Birds, a Jenny Hart design|
|The finished product has two eyes, but I didn't get a picture of that.|
Is anyone else making stockings this year for their families or friends? Do you prefer traditional Christmas colors/fabrics or are you more likely to go with something non-traditional?
I will admit that I love cross-stitch stockings with a primitive, country flair like these:
|A Bent Creek pattern|
|A Bent Creek pattern|
Needle N' Thread - for patterns, tutorials, everything you need to know
Rock Sea Embroidery - great pictures and tutorials for a variety of stitches, stitch dictionary
Carina's Craft Blog - frame your finished work
Carina's Craft Blog - paper transfer tutorial
Tada Creations - Heat Transfer Pencil Method
Don't be afraid, go to Pinterest and search "embroidery". Get inspired! It's my birthday week anything is possible!!