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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidered Sampler Book Cover Progress



This embroidery project started out as something to kill time on a road trip, but as I keep stitching, it becomes more and more addicting! My plan is to turn the whole thing into a large needle / sewing book, with space for scissors, a magnet strip, threads, and, of course, plenty of needles! I thought I’d show you my progress on the front cover…

… and eventually, I’ll share the back cover, too, which will be entirely hand-embroidered in crazy patterns as well.

Basically, as I explained earlier, my plan was just to stitch whatever stitches came to mind, using whatever threads I happened to pull out of my stash. I modified the plan only a little bit, by attempting to balance some of the colors in the larger areas. I also picked out a line I didn’t like (the puffy couching) and replaced it with a running stitch whipped with ribbon. You can see the puffy couching in this post, where I gave my last update.

Here’s a photo of the front cover, finished. You can click on the image for a close up.

So that’s what I’ve been occupying my evenings with while on vacation, although I have managed to finish and mail one embroidered Christmas present, and, in the next three days (working mostly in the wee hours, so I don’t get caught red-handed!), I have high hopes of starting and finishing a little bird as another gift. I might even be able to get it framed before Christmas! We’ll see! I’ll be sure to snap some photos before I give it away.

Back to the needle ‘n thread…


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