Can you guess what it is? Embroidery!
Last week I visited a quilting event where there were numerous vendors. One of the booths where I found myself lingering was called Bird Brain Designs. (Love that name). Bird Brain is about all things embroidery and stitching related. Robin Kingsley is the bird brain (couldn't resist) behind this company, and she has come up with what I think are some of the best embroidery designs out there. Most stitchery patterns are way too juvenile or "cutesy" for me, but Bird Brain Designs are more whimsical. Robin also has a blog, which is really fun to check out. The online store is definitely worth investigating, as there are free patterns provided. One of the most recent ones, "Beware, the Witch is Coming" is adorable.
So, as often happens, I got a bit carried away. I started to chat with one of the ladies at the booth, who helpfully led me around and showed me all the cute pattern designs the company offers, plus what all I would need to get started with my own embroidery projects. Before I knew it...
I had a stack of tea towels to embroider, some seriously cute patterns, Perle cotton in a gazillion colors and all of this stuff:
I think the thing that is absolutely irresistible to me is the thread. All those colors. Oh my. So pretty.
So, now I have myself some new projects to work on. My first step is to get the cute stitching designs transferred onto the tea towels. I bought a pack of something called Transfer-Eze, which you put through your printer and copy the embroidery design onto. I forget exactly how it gets put on the tea towel--maybe I iron it on? Of course I could always go buy a $50 light box and trace the designs myself. Or, there always is the tape-your-pattern-to-the-window-and-trace method.
My question today is directed to all you embroidery ladies. How do you transfer your designs onto the surface to be embroidered? Do you have a favorite pattern company? Do I need a class to get started, or can anyone with basic (but rusty) embroidery skills just plunge right in?