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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


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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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  1. Mary Corbett’s Bird Needlecase. I took an embroidery class. Before finishing the class ended due to Covid 19. I’m uncertain which stitch was used around the wing. With wool thread, would It be best to use a single or double thread thickness.

    Your help is appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Sharren – I’m not exactly sure what your question is? I haven’t recently offered any classes, the bird needle case that I taught years ago hasn’t been available since then, and I certainly haven’t cancelled any in-progress class due to Covid-19. I’m afraid I don’t know what project you’re talking about, or what it looks like, or anything else. (I live in Kansas, by the way, in case that helps clarify that I wasn’t the teacher / designer for the class you were in.) My advice would be to track down the designer and ask that person. If you can’t remember the instructor’s name, contact whoever organized the class, if it was a group or guild. They’ll be help you. Hope that helps!

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