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August 23, 2009

Eye spy ... something I want to try

I am playing along with Bug and Pop's "Eye Spy" meme each Sunday. This week's theme is from the gorgeous Melanie of Kimono Reincarnate: Eye spy ... something I want to try.

A-ha! How timely.

After some shambolic, hack stitching this weekend (a rather dodgy blanket stitch on some applique) I would really like to try embroidery.

Proper embroidery. The real deal. Even stitching; recognisable stitches with proper names. Less snags and tangles and more knots (French ones, that is).

Thank you to Cindy for hosting Eye Spy and to Melanie for the theme. To discover what other people would like to try, head over here


  1. Me too! I brought some blue and white stripped tea towels from Freedom the other day in order to put a bit of embroidery on them and thus complete the check list and comply with Nana requirements.

    Crochet - check.
    Quilting - check.
    Knitting - checkish...
    Embroidered teatowels - soon!

    :) Good luck. Please share any hints!

  2. Oh, french knots always have me in a kerfuffle!

  3. Great minds think a like (yes, WE have great minds!!). Off I headed to the library yesterday to borrow the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches.... and I am so glad I did! It is fan-tas-tic! It has a million stitches with info on how & why they are used, and great steps and diagrams on how to do the stitches.

    Good luck to you and I highly recommend a little book to accompany you on your endeavours... might save your "more knots" desire from being somewhere you end up!

  4. I can't wait to see what you will embroider! I just started embroidery (or something that would qualify as a first try) yesterday. Is there embroidery in the stars?

    I would recommend using a book also. I had a (Dutch) book from the seventies next to me, with in there all the stitches (that a good woman should learn, as the book stated), so I could look them up if I didn't know what to do. That helped indeed. Now I only have to learn to stitch as neat as they tell me to in that book...

  5. Oh yeah - this would be one to try. I'd have to get someone to show me ... a bit intimidating and all that. :)

  6. I'd love to try 'proper' embroidery one day too. I've been seeing some great stuff around the bloggy traps which has been getting me inspired to try it too. Sounds like there's a few people out there who feel the same way. Maybe we should have a little online 'learn to embroider'?? What's the Japanese embroidery? That's something I'd really love to try.

    Make sure you post your progress... I'd love to see how you go. :o)

  7. Good luck! It is a lot of fun to do and has so many uses. I sometimes end up embroidering the hems on my jeans to make them more unique :)

  8. Oh me too! It's funny, just the other day I was looking at embroidery photos on Flickr for motivation :)

    Good luck!

  9. Good Luck! I think I'm a way off trying that one - way out of my league. But you never know if you don't try do you and that's what this week's theme is all about!

  10. I tried Latch Hook when I was a kid, does that help?

    Seriously though - that is also on my little, er - big list of wanting to try. From the red-work you're currently doing me-thinks you won't have any dramas!

  11. It strikes me that embroidery is the new crochet in blogland! It's lovely, but as usual I'm sticking with the 'non-proper' embroidery end of the spectrum at the moment, and doing easy stuff. Which is also very satisfying. Try some sashiko...


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