Crafted By Colette

A place for me to ramble about my art and crafting exploits.

Picking Up Embroidery

I’ve been cross stitching for longer than I can remember.  Literally.  I don’t remember being taught.  I’ve just always been able to do it.  I’ve done some blackworking too, which I love…


One thing I’ve not really branched into is embroidery.  I’ve made attempts here and there.  I have this unfinished flower in my WIPs box…

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And I challenged myself to do Bad Ass Cross Stitch’s Year of Stitch last year, but I got four weeks in and had troubles with a stitch and have been putting it off since.  I’ll get back to it eventually.

The thing is, embroidery is something I WANT to do.  I’d love to be able to create wonderful pieces.  So when I saw this ridiculously easy piece, I thought… I can do that.

And I did do it…

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… but I learned a few things along the way.

First of all – don’t do it on stretch fabric.  Not as a first piece anyway.  That was a very silly mistake.  Secondly, while I have a habit of continuing cross stitch with a tiny knot in the thread, like this… (excuse blurry picture)…

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…you can’t embroider with those knots.  Thirdly, I need to work on my stitch consistency.  Fourthly, I probably used the wrong stitch anyway.  I glanced at the original image and assumed back stitch, but having done my version in back stitch I looked back at the original and I think it was probably something else.

I did learn some useful things though.  For instance – I learned one method of how to transfer an embroidery image on to fabric.  I know a few methods now actually.  I don’t think I’ll use this one next time; I had trouble getting the ink out afterwards.

I’m going attempt this bunny project again.  But first I’m going to do a few more weeks of Year of Stitch.  And I’m going to finish that flower too.

One response to “Picking Up Embroidery”

  1. […] other day I wrote about my first embroidery piece.  Since then I’ve been sorting through all my craft projects and I found this […]


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