Saturday, February 28, 2009
New Obsessions: Or, I Desire Sharper Needles
Because I do not have hobbies enough: here you see some recent additions to the canary library re: crafty happiness.
I did my "research" and picked out two well-reviewed guides. The top one you see here is by Aimee Ray, titled "Doodle-Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners."
Being an impatient being I immediately plunked myself down on the couch after this book's arrival and whipped out the ol' embroidery floss and sewing basket. In a few easy-to-follow steps I began stitching like a crazy woman, and completed a cutesy bookmark in an evening (subsequently gifted to the mère for Card-and-Chocolate Day on the 14th).
The second book pictured here is slightly different, and I can't wait to use it! It's "Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To" by Jenny Hart. Included are even more stitch step-by-step instructions, as well as a significant compendium of reusable iron-on transfers to follow for your own embroidery experimentations! I'm particularly enamoured by the wee pies and other foods that I'm sure will make their way on to a very unfortunate apron very soon.
And certainly, it never hurts to add some cursin' fun to your otherwise outwardly conventional & conservative crafting. "Subversive Cross Stitch: 35 designs for your surly side" has some rather hilariously juxtaposed sentiments. You can check out some of the designs featured in the book here, along with some other, rather delightful, additions.