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Hand Embroidery 101

I bought Doodle Stitching - Fresh and Fun Embroidery for beginners last week from Amazon. I read it on the train and the went and bought some embroidery thread to try it out. I wanted to add it to the denim belt.

So all said and done, I got the floss out, cut the denim pieces and then started embroidering. I copied (freestyle) partial designs from the book. What I can say is that hand embroidery is fun! It was great to just do this and let my mind wander. However, it does need practice to get things even. My embroidery isn't even. Yet :) My stitching lines weren't straight either when I started sewing.

At the end, I had 4 designs on the belt piece: three are from the book and one started as something from the book but evolved into something else.

First, I did this circle thing, which was one of the last designs in the book. I removed one of the circles because I didn't think there would be enough room for it:
Flower-acorn thing

I thought this looked great after I did it, but at some point I realized the belt would be worn the other way around I removed the stem.

Then, I did one of the initial pieces from the book, a tiny bird-thing. I didn't actually draw this one, just kinda went along. It didn't turn up very well. It will mostly be hidden away by the belt buckle:

Singing bird, with branch. I left the musical note out.

Then, I did a leaf. This was from one of the middle designs in the book. It was pretty straight forward. I just wish my stitches were more even:

Simple leaf

And last, a tiny flower. This started as a pieces of one of the book designs but I thought it was too "empty" so I added more:

This was a simple flower in the book. It's abstract non-art now :)

It was a pretty cool afternoon. Belt writeup coming up soon too.

As a side note, I'm not very happy with how my pictures are turning out. I have to ask Mr T to teach me how to do it properly.


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