The cherry blossoms in my neighborhood are beginning to loose petals in the gusty wind, and some days it looks like we're having a pink snowfall. The path under the canopy of trees in our little park is now a blanket of slippery pink blooms.
I've wanted to try my hand at a little embroidery and a while back I made this small piece. I discovered that it's just too fine and finicky for my taste. I'll use this somewhere, probably on an apron pocket. I need to erase the pencil marks though. I traced right through the fabric from a drawing I copied. Not the proper procedure, I know, but the transfer paper didn't work well. It just rubbed off in no time at all.
I know there's been some interest in crewel lately and I've also seen some beautiful crewel in a few stores as well. I don't know how many times I've said "I could do that!" especially when I'm not willing to pay for something I really can't afford. So, I traced the pattern from this little vase,
took the drawing to the photocopiers and enlarged it, then using parchment paper and a transfer pencil, the fabric and a hot iron, I got to this stage. Now I had a decent image that didn't smudge!
This is the stage I'm at now. I started off with an embroidery hoop but found I preferred not using one. The fabric is completely puckered. I imagine I pulled the stitches too tight. I don't even really mind the way it looks, but I am considering filling in the background to remedy the situation. Give me your opinion. I'm not sure how much I enjoy this craft, but I'm sure that now I've had a little practice I'll be more likely to use some sort of embroidered embellishment in the future.
I found this little bird I a long time ago in a thrift shop. The full image is at the beginning of this post. I know it's not fine work but I think it has charm and I wanted to post it because it's so similar to what I've been working on.
Cheers everyone and happy spring.