My daughter and I enjoy counted cross stitch. Here are a few things we've made over the years that I have at my house;
my daughter made this snowman picture . . .
There's more, but I'll spare you the pictures!!
Ashley and I also have holiday pictures and we've given several projects to family.
I quit cross stitch because there's only so much wall space available for these things but I still miss doing handwork in the evenings while watching TV with my husband.
Lately I've been inspired by the different embroidery projects I've seen on some folks blogs. It really got me thinking about trying embroidery. Once upon a time I did embroidery, but I was rarely satisfied with my work. Then I discovered counted cross stitch and knew I had found my handwork calling.....those neat, perfect, precise x's suited me to a "t"!!
So when I saw this embroidery project I thought perfect, some hand work for me to enjoy at night, and something that I don't have to find an empty space for on the wall or have framed.
It's Hocuspocusville, by Crab Apple Hill.
It's part quilting and part embroidery.
So this is what a pattern looks like. This is to be traced on to material, then stitched. I picked number two because I thought it looked easier than number one.
The tracing could not have gone any better. Here it is, all ready for my stitches....
And here's my stitches, this is my 3rd try. This is why I gave up embroidery, this just isn't my medium. I loved making the stitches they just don't look as good as I would like. I'm done.
Working on this project reminded me how much I enjoy needlework, but not Hocuspocusville. So I'll be looking for something else, what I just don't know yet!!
While I was piddling with the embroidery I cleaned out my needlework tub. I'm planning a giveaway for Wednesday, March 31st, 6 am central time. I have a few kits and patterns that could use a new home so check them out. The first person to leave a comment for an item owns it. I'll mail it to you, wherever you are!!
So come back Wednesday if you're interested, I plan to give away that Hocuspocusville pattern too.