I took a deep breath and took the plunge---into embroidery. I started out with a couple of super simple patterns from Bird Brain Designs. The one in the photo above was FREE! If you sign up for their newsletter, you will get free seasonal patterns, which are adorable. There was a super cute witch themed one a couple of weeks ago.
This is the other one I finished over the weekend.
I can tell you that it is easy and it is fun. I did the low tech method of transferring the designs onto my tea towels---tape the pattern to the window and tape the towel over it and trace. I kind of messed up the cross hatching on the top of the acorn, but as Grandma Higgins used to say, "A man going by on a bus would never notice".
One thing that is registering with me is that there is a heck of lot to learn about all the various threads that are available. DMC seems to rule, but there are other brands as well, such as Cosmo, which are very popular. I have been watching You Tube tutorials, and have been getting conflicting information on how many strands to use. Two seems most common, but lots of folks seem to favor three. I bought a bunch of spools of Perle cotton, which seems to be on the thick side. I don't mind that--the design shows up great.
If you are an embroiderer, what is your favorite stitch? The patterns I have favor the Back Stitch, but my new friend Christi (who generously sent me an entire goodie bag of embroidery related items last week) said that in a class she recently took, the instructor recommended her students use the Stem Stitch, as it is more forgiving. I'd love to hear from you experts out there what your preferences are!