Have you ever looked at an embroidery kit, and liked the idea of it, but didn’t like the finished product shown on the front of the kit? Have you ever seen a kit and thought, “If I were going to embroidery something like that, I’d do it differently”? You aren’t alone!
A reader recently sent me two photos of embroidery – one is a photo of the cover of a kit, and the other is a photo of her rendition of the embroidery after she completed the kit.
Gaze in wonder at the difference between these two photos:
This is the photo on the front of the kit. It’s what the finished piece is supposed to look like, after you’ve worked the kit. It’s “cute,” but it’s really blocky and paint-by-number looking. The overall idea of the kit is great, though – I like pansies, and I like embroidered flowers. An embroidered pansy kit would probably be something I’d consider purchasing. But the recommended outcome isn’t exactly my style, so I would pass this up!
When Margaret stitched the kit, she put into practice her knowledge of shading techniques and improved the finished look 100-fold! If I saw a kit with this picture on the front of it, I’d be inclined to get it. The flower is simply more beautiful. It looks like a flower. She did such a pretty and perfect job!
So the moral of the story is, when you see a kit you “kind of” like, look beyond the recommended finished product! You’re the one who is going to work it – who says you have to slavishly follow the absolute directions? If you think you can produce a better finished product, go for it! It will make what was a “mass-market” product more uniquely your own.
Speaking of kits, what do you think about them? Do you use kits? Do you prefer kits? Or do you avoid kits? Do you think using a kit indicates something about the embroiderer? Do you react differently towards a piece of needlework when you find out it was worked from a kit? I’d love to hear what readers think about embroidery kits – if you use them and why, if you don’t and why not, and if you alter them, etc…