Anyway, so fast forward a couple more years (like, now), and I started reading Allison's blog (she's going to think I'm a stalker because I mention her on here so much - I'm not! I promise!!!), and looking at needlework on Pinterest (wanna see my "needlework" board?), and realizing that it's not all just Precious Moments and fruit baskets and horse heads anymore. There is a lot of really cool, modern designs out there. And I figured, hey, my kids are old enough now, they know not to try to eat the needles...maybe I'll try this again!
So I thought I'd try embroidery - I didn't feel like messing with a cross stitch pattern just now. Here are some things I've been doing over the last few weeks.
|After playing around a bit on some scrap fabric, I moved on to this. Better, right? :)|
|Check out the French Knottage...not too shabby!|
|The curved orange line is done in stem stitch - can you tell a difference from my teapot? Ha ha!|
So at this point I've got all kinds of confidence. And I think, I've got this. So I ordered an iron-on transfer pattern from Etsy. And I realize that my sense of confidence may be a little...well, inflated.
I learned a new stitch or two. That's in my brain now. Which means something had to go, to make room for this new knowledge. The fact that PLASTIC MELTS WHEN UNDER A HOT IRON was, as I found out, the bit of info that drew the short straw and got tossed overboard.
|Why yes, that unsightly blob IS permanently melted-on USPS packing tape. Why do you ask?|
|Can you even imagine my IRE at this point? No, you can't.|