Squizzing around the craft, embroidery, and art blogs – not to mention a few favorite cooking websites – I counted no less than 41 Valentine-related projects, ideas, patterns, or recipes. Wow. People really get into Valentine’s Day.
Just so I wouldn’t seem too entirely cold-hearted, I decided to get into the spirit and make up a tiny little simple heart pattern for hand embroidery that I could set up for my eight-year-old niece, who is needling me to embroider with her. So, here’s the little design we’re going to use (she’s going to use!), and I thought I’d pass it on to you, if you want it.
And here it is in a PDF: Little Heart Design for Hand Embroidery
It’s not super-complicated. For an eight year old, it will be well worked in back stitch, French knots, and daisy stitches. You could dress it up a bit – making the scallops half buttonhole wheels so they show up better, or what-have-you. Emma’s going to work hers on a red cloth napkin, in white. I’ll show it to you if she ever actually finishes! And, who knows, maybe I’ll stitch one along with her, to keep her going.
If you do decide to go with a red towel or cloth napkin or something of that sort, make sure you pre-wash the fabric first! (Several times, even, if necessary!) I like to rinse darker colored fabrics (like the red cloth napkins we’ll be using) with either vinegar, or with salt if I don’t have vinegar on hand. This is something my sister does when she buys fabric to make children’s clothes. She says it fixes the color, and I believe her. I’ve never actually tested the theory by doing any comparisons, but maybe some day I will…
I wrote a Valentine’s poem, once upon a time and as a bit of a jest, for a fellow I worked with a while ago – and all this heartsy stuff just makes me feel like sharing it with you. (It actually surprises me that I do things like this, and still come back to face you the next day!)
Will You Be Mine?
I thought I’d ask
If you’d be mine,
Could you be
There’s no one else,
This much is true…
So I’ll have to settle,
And just take you.
I want no hearts,
I don’t eat candy,
But flowers are nice,
And jewelry’s dandy.
You have no money?
You can’t buy flowers?
No jewelry either?
My heart sours.
On second thought,
If you don’t mind,
To be your sweety,
Yes, it’s true. I’m sorry. I tend to be a bit of a cynic sometimes.
Well, I hope the pattern comes in handy, anyway!
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