So I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I wanted to learn embroidery and several of you reassured me that it was really easy, but after I sat down this weekend to learn a few stitches I wasn’t so sure.
Martha made the chain stitch look so simple but I found it impossible to replicate. Determined to press forward nonetheless, I printed a lowercase letter “t” in a handwritten script font (pacifico, which is free on dafont.com), then traced it onto some fabric with a pencil.
Then I used the simplest stitch I’d learned, the backstitch, to outline the letter. Bam.
It only took me about an hour from start to finish while watching TV after Jack was in bed Monday night. I knocked out another two last night, giving me confidence that I can sell these in my shop at a reasonable price (the thing that keeps me away from selling a lot of handmade products is that most of them are too time-consuming to be cost-effective). I’m still working on making my stitches a little neater but as is usually my way I think imperfection is part of the charm.
All of these practice rounds are going to friends and family, so if you know me personally and you want one let me know! I plan on selling/gifting them stretched in embroidery hoops, but since I wasn’t sure I’d stick with it initially I only bought one hoop. Any tips from you veteran embroiderers on keeping my stitches straight and even, besides practice and paying attention?