I don’t know about you, but I rarely jump into something at the deep end. I may not talk much about it, but I research it to death. I read copious amounts of print and online material. I watch YouTube videos. I take notes in my everyday notebook or a designated journal. I subscribe to relevant newsletters and join Facebook groups. I spend time on Amazon, searching for book, tools, and supplies and put them in my cart. After a couple of weeks or months, I edit my Amazon cart – assigning the not-absolutely-necessary items to the Save For Later section, and ordering those that are necessary to begin. That’s how it was when I wanted to take up art and photography, and begin crocheting again after I abandoned it for about twenty years.
Art is my favourite. I don’t draw every day, except when I go on a 2-week art binge. It’s as if the spring bubbles up and overflows – taking me on a sweet creative ride. Then the wave settles down and I set it aside for a while. I crocheted every day for a couple of months and only stopped to make time for Christmas. While I continue with these three activities, I’ve added embroidery to the mix.
Embroidery had been on my want-to-do list for years. My mother introduced me to knitting and embroidery when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I found the knitting a bit difficult. I loved embroidery but, well, you know how it goes – life. Since I retired in 2006, my mission has been to revive hobbies I once loved and embark on creative adventures I had long dreamed of pursuing. Late last year, I finally began my obsessive research. Would you believe that I’ve had a 6 inch hoop for over twenty-five years? After I purchased needles and thread, I went searching in my “miscellaneous basket” for fabric, only to discover that I had thread and needles, which most likely, I had purchased a few years back, when I thought I’d give it ago but didn’t.
An old shoe box is my tool/supply box until I find more suitable storage (maybe a lined basket with a cover). I have several embroidery e-books in my Kindle app, a dozen or so designs in a folder on Dropbox and a print book with even more designs on the way. I found this bit of fabric in my stash and I’ll use it to practice on until I buy more fabric in a week or so.
Here’s a stitch tutorial I found on Amazon. It’s a handy-dandy accordion booklet that’s laden (front and back) with basic to complex stitches. It’s laminated, so good. I love the design on the front cover – so pretty.