Thursday, February 19, 2015

being the bird


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.

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