Speaking of birds and trying new things and seeing them through... I have also vowed this year to make more things. I am throwing myself whole-heartedly into makerdom. So far I have made a patchwork cushion, a fleece coat for my pooch, and this little fatty. My first real embroidery project. I'll admit it, I'm pretty fond of him.
Check out the close-up...
I have no idea what he's destined for, but for now, he's just being a bird. Pretty appropriate don't you think? (I swear, I hadn't even seen the video when I made this!)
If you want to try your hand at this but have never attempted such a thing, have no fear. I had no idea what I was doing either. Get yourself a hoop, some embroidery floss and a needle, and google something like "blue bird" (yes, that is literally what I did). Find an image you like or if you are feeling wild go from your imagination, sketch it out on your fabric and dive right in! If you need a little extra boost, I wholeheartedly recommend these resources:
Craftsy's hand embroidery class - very basic, but a quick and easy watch. I learned a great tip for threading multi-strand floss and some solid beginner stitches. Which, really, is all you need.
Trish Burr's digital class on needle painting - a great tutorial for the long & short stitch worked in multiple colors.
Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread blog - an amazing resource for different stitches, materials and there are some tutorials as well. Plus, this one's free.
Hey, I said be fearless, try something new, and just dive in. But I didn't say you couldn't have any help!
Trying your hand at anything new lately? Tell me all about it.