Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gettin' Stitchy

I'm fairly certain I do not need another hobby, but I just started embroidery,
and am LOVING it!

What am I embroidering?  Cute little hoop art like this...

{My very first embroidery!  I have since stitched the forgotten doorknob...doh!!}

The pattern I used is from Sublime Stitching,
which has many cute and fun patterns to choose from.

I'm totally hooked and am fast at work on more!

I have pondered embroidery before, but honestly thought it would be really hard
and/or drive me nuts!!

{Sublime Stitching}

I was completely wrong!  Embroidery is actually very easy to learn and I find it relaxing, if you can believe that.  I just sit in a comfy chair and listen to music or watch a TV show and stitch away.  I can even carry on a conversation while doing it!
I definitely cannot do that while sewing!!

I'm mostly interested in making more hoop art, but may embroider other items at some point.  I really want to get some patterns from Sarah Jane and Wee Wonderfuls too...

 {Sarah Jane Studios}

 {Sarah Jane Studios}

 {Wee Wonderfuls}

 {Wee Wonderfuls}

 {Wee Wonderfuls}

Aren't they adorable?!

I also think I need some cute embroidery scissors...

{Photo via Sarah Jane Studios}

I stocked up on some supplies, but no cute scissors...

{My swag}

I love, love, love the Doodle Stitching book!

So, this is what I've been up to as of late...besides Christmas decorating (coming soon!),
What about you?  What's new?  Do you embroider?


P.S.  For lovely photos and a re-cap of last week's Urban Farmgirl shop opening co {HERE}!


Holly @ Life as a Thrifter said...

This is ADORABLE! I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Now THAT is just too cute for words! I want to learn...sign me up! :)

Dawn said...

Your stitchery project is just adorable. Love the little travel trailer. I just started crocheting again (I feel the same way, do I really need another hobby) I have about the same post as you that will be up on Friday. LOL

Dawn said...

Forgot to mention, I love your new header.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Oh my! Your project turned out great and I love the patterns you chose. OK. Now I am inspired to get out all the embroidery floss and my hoops from my last go round with stitching! It is fun, isn't it? I love the fresh colors and whimsy!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

As I already told you on facebook- you did a great job on your little camper! I didn't know it was your first piece. So cute! And these other patterns you showed? *So adorable!*

I embroidered in my girl hood and want to pick it up again some day. I cross sticted when I was in my 20s but I would obsess about it and my wrists became inflamed! Ha! So if I do embroider again, I'll have to behave! (And that's so hard!)

My Vintage Mending said...

Some of my favorite...did lots of little stitching for Christmas this year....and Sarah Jane is amazing...smiles...Renee

NanaDiana said...

You did a wonderful job-especially for a first go at it! WOW! I love all the sweet pieces you showed here.

I am so glad to see embroidery making a kind of comeback. I did so much of it in the 60's and 70's when I was a girl. I really love the sweet old pieces from my mother's generation, too.

Nancy Carr said...

These are so cute. Where do I find pink scissors like those? Love your blog. Nancy nancythedove@aol.com

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Stacey,
These are so adorable. I love them all. Very cute. I love that you enjoy making these too. That makes them even more special. Hope Maggie is doing good. We really need to get together soon.

Amy said...

Really, really adorable. I think hand embroidery is wonderfully relaxing too. Thank you. ~Amy

chateau chic said...

These patterns are so cute! I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch on linen when my eyes were much sharper! I loved it.
Mary Alice

Cozy Little House said...

I bet you would love crazy quilting. It's just fancy embroidery stitches over the seams. I have some on my Pinterest if you want to check it out. Fun to add beads and lace and doilies and all kinds of things.

traci said...

stacey....this is so cute!!! you did a great job. i can't wait to see some of your others. i saw a farm in the pile!!

Debby said...

Hurry if you want to order from Sarah Jane. I think she has a sale and is not going to be having the patterns anymore. I loved her parade pattern and I made that one. I want to check out the others you listed. Love the camper.

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Oh, oh, oh!! LOVE your little holiday trailer stitching! It is wonderful on the vintage floral fabric. I started embroidery in middle school and have done it off and on since. I had to pick it up again when I found the MAKE IT DO pattern (the same one you've featured). It is such a fun pastime. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you cook up! TFS!! :)

Robin said...

Good for you! Your first project looks amazing. I have been wanting to do some stiching for months. Even went so far as to find a pattern but that is as far as I got. I'm hoping by January things will slow done and I can get to it. By then you'll be a pro and I'll be ordering patterns from you! LOL.

michele said...

omg so adorable.


Bethany said...

I do some embroidery, but have also recently been inspired to try some new projects with it. I like the projects that combine fun fabrics with stitchery. I've done some sketching and plan to work on some things over the winter.

Vintage Junky said...

it is so super cute!!! Love it! it is relaxing and a little addictive :)

Elyse said...

hey cutes!

i was doing a little bit of embroidery a few years (!) ago with a blog stitch-along and enjoyed it but could not get that pesky french knot down!

those scissors!!!

hope all is happy in your sweet home for the holidays!


Erin said...

Ahhh, SO SO cute, Stacey! I hear you on the needing/not needing another hobby, but at least this is the kind of thing that you can pick up and set down as you want.

I've only done two embroidery projects so far, both hoop art, and it is rather fun. Still need to master the lazy daisy and improve my stem stitch. :) Your post makes me want to break out the embroidery floss again. But I've been messing around with crochet the last few weeks--the chain stitch was easy to learn, but it took awhile to graduate to the single crochet. I managed to make a coaster the other day out of single crochets, so now it's time to move onto double crochets so I can start making granny squares for a blanket!


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your hoop art is adorable! I've stitched up a few kitchen towels, and now that I've seen the cute gnome towels, I'd like to order the patterns for those. Thanks for sharing!

Jen Kershner said...

I love embroidery too and need to pick mine back up. There is something so calming and creative about it! I love what you made.

Tattered Tiques said...

So cute! I actually embroider too...although, it isn't something I announce too often. When I first met my husband he found out I embroidered(I was 22) and he thought I was the biggest nerd!! Luckily these days the patterns out there are so damn cute and cheery. I love Sublime stitching. I'll have to look up Sarah Jane...looks so cute!


Nora said...

I've been doing embroidery since I was 6, thanks to my great gramma. I'm now *cough* and still LOVE the feel of a needle & fabric in my hands. I keep a ziploc baggie in my purse with a small project, some bobbins of floss, & scissors so if I have to sit & wait, I have something to do! *LOL* I'll stitch just about anything from coloring book images to vintage embroidery transfer designs that I pick up in thrift stores or off the web.

Have fun with your new hobby &....welcome to the addiction! *grin*