You know when you get a bee in your bonnet about a creative idea and it feel oh so urgent to fulfill but you push it to the back recesses of your mind as there are 101 other things going on? Then, when you eventually after many weeks of milling about get the materials together to satisfy that idea it becomes a new obsession? Please tell me I am not on my own with this madness!
Well, to cut a long story short, I have had this overwhelming URGE to hand stitch, embroider, cross stitch ... just STITCH. I love stitched words and there are plenty of beautiful projects, art works and ideas in blog land and Pinterest etc. to get your creative juices flowing.
A while back I was fortunate to have won this fabulous book and Alice and I were looking through it last week and this picture completely shot me into action in getting the hoops, threads and fabric together to do some stitching...
How pretty is that? Surely it can't be that difficult to stitch a little without any idea how to embroider? Well, that's just what we did and best of all my Alice really loved it and wouldn't put it down or go to sleep on Saturday night in view of the NEED to do her stitching! She went for a heart and stars design.
Made it all up herself and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Perfect for whiling a Winter in-doors Saturday afternoon away.
It's a little bit wonky but 'Wonky is good' I think and she has now hung up her little stitched creation in her room.
These embroidery hoops make great ready made frames and don't cost the earth either.
As for me, I played too and made a little lavender scented pouch for one of my colleagues who turned 50 yesterday. I loved stitching the words and have always admired Vanessa of Do you mind if I knit who makes the most beautiful sculptures and incorporates stitched works in these. Do have a look at her amazing makes if you have a moment.
It's not brilliant, a bit wonky too but for a first attempt I am kind of happy. The label on the wrapped gift is one of Vanessa's and can bought at her Etsy shop here.
Another bit of hoop embroidery inspiration came from the gorgeous Flora and Purl blog here. For a Pyrex collector it was and is the most fun thing ever on a hoop!
With the advent of Valentines day approaching, despite not really being someone who goes to town about V. day I decided it might be the perfect
Andy will be best surprised as I can be quite slothful about Valentines day and making an effort....
No doubt I shall share this with you next week...in the meantime, we are counting down to half term and Alice's Peter Pan production she is in and slowly watching all the ice melt away.
Enjoy the rest of your week xox
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