With all my fabric and sewing supplies still packed away in boxes, I was impatient to get to work on something to keep my hands busy during naps or the odd free moment. I chanced upon the answer while glancing through boxes in preparation for sorting and getting rid of stuff. My embroidery floss, needles, and hoops were easily visible in one box and a large bundle of fabric scraps was nearby. I grabbed a piece of neutral, flower-print fabric, put it in a small hoop, and threaded three strands of green floss. A moment of thought about what to stitch and then I got to work. I knew I wanted to freehand something (especially since I didn't have any designs to transfer), and I've wanted to work on improving my handwriting for some time. The simple word "spring" sprang to mind and I let it flow through through my needle and onto the fabric. Considering that this was my first try, I think it turned out quite well. I thought about hanging it on the wall as a decoration, until I realized that the fabric is almost the exact same color as the walls. It doesn't exactly liven up the space. Perhaps I should have taken that into account when choosing fabric. Oh, well. Live and learn, as they say. Even though it doesn't look good on the wall, I noticed that it looks perfect next to some scraps from cutting the pages on my next fabric memory book for my son (you can see the full range of spring-inspired fabrics here). Perhaps all it needs is a decorative ruffle or something to set it off properly and bring out the green. And it needs some flowers or something embroidered on the bottom, and maybe some vines. Hmmm, so much for a quick, simple stitching project. What "quick" projects are you working on right now? Have you tried freehanding a design before?
Hi. My name is Carley. I love to sew, craft, and create. As a Jane-of all-crafts so to speak, I enjoy sewing, writing, cooking, drawing, photographing. But the constant thread (if you'll excuse the pun) throughout my weeks is needle arts.