I kept seeing embroidery projects all over the web the last few weeks (apparently, February is National Embroidery Month) and it got me thinking that learning to embroider might be the perfect companion craft to sewing. Since I’m a beginner sewer and tend to pick projects that don’t incorporate a lot of embellishment in the patterns themselves, I could add some cute embroidery to them to really finish off my projects.
So here’s my first attempt at embroidering. I found a simple shamrock clip art file online (after discovering that my drawing skills are so nonexistent that I can’t even freehand a shamrock) and printed it out with the word “Lucky” underneath in a simple font. Then I traced the design directly onto my fabric. I backstitched the entire pattern because it was the only stitch that I could figure out how to do by reading instructions I found online.
I think it turned out cute! I definitely need to keep practicing and working on making my stitches uniform and learning more stitching techniques – but I enjoyed the project (nice to have a “portable” craft) and I like the results. Since I’m a little addicted to buying picture frames, I’m planning on putting this in one of the cute frames I have at home that’s currently pictureless (that drives Alex crazy that I collect picture frames and don’t fill them right away, but I love the frames and I’m picky about what pictures I’ll put in them). I really like the way it turned out – a cute little reminder that I’m the lucky kind when I’m feeling down.