I've decided to teach myself crewel work (surface embroidery in fine wool), so I've started a sampler. I'm working my way through the twelve stitches taught in Jane Rainbow's Beginner's Guide to Crewel Embroidery: From top to bottom:
- different tries at stem stitch
- chain stitch
- split stitch and satin stitch
- buttonhole stitch
- french knots
- first step of spider's web stitch
I've never done any embroidery before. I learned needlepoint last year -- this is much, much, MUCH harder because there's no guide for the stitch size and there are so many freaking stitches. I can see it's going to take mountains of practice, but that's cool. I do love learning new things, even if I totally suck at them :)My stem stitch, for instance. I just couldn't learn it from the book I was using -- didn't make any sense to me. Then I went looking for a video, and it made it all clear :) Thanks god for YouTube ...
Anyway, that's my thing for today.