One of my big resolutions for the year was to spend less time staring idly at my phone. Well, what I realized is – when I get home, I spend a couple hours every evening with the time on the couch balancing my tv watching and social media stalking. Needless to say, this is the perfect time to cut down on the phone time. Needlepoint, or hand embroidery, is something that I love and would love to get better at! New evening activity found. So follow along as I try my hand at hand embroidery.
My first couple small works were just me getting comfortable working on the hoop with the muslin and aida fabrics. I’ve always liked sewing by hand, so this creative extension feels pretty comfortable.
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with these little cuties, but I’ve loved the gratification of being able to finish a project in an evening or two.
After a couple goes at it, I realized I needed to work on my foundational stitches. This little one is after a couple tries, the chain stitch took me a couple attempts, but once I got it, I love it!
Pop culture + hand embroidery, what could be better?
I can’t wait to move onto larger projects! My goal is to start working on big pieces that I can use as artwork in my home. Iw would be great to fill up a couple walls with cute phrases and imagery.
Tips when getting started:
- Don’t get too attached to the projects – your first works are not going to be perfect, embrace the exploration.
- Try out different materials, it will take a little time to find the fabrics, threads, and needles you like.
- Practice your stitches. I started out thinking I could just start stitching like a pro, but I quickly realized there are some fundamental stitches that make life easier, and your work better.
- Get used to working with your floss. You’ll soon understand the necessity to separate stands depending on the size you want your stitch to be.