Inspired by Bea and the embroidered glasses case she gave me for Christmas, I dug out all my old embroidery gear yesterday: couple of my hoops, couple of my Nana's hoops, some embroidery thread, and a few books. Then I dug into the gi-GAN-tor bag of fabric scraps I scored a few months back on Freecycle, pulled out a teal scrap of neoprene that spoke to me, and set to doodling.
Even though it has been something in the neighborhood of 2.5 *decades* since I last picked up the needle and put it to fabric, it seemed to come right back. I enjoyed just playing with shapes and stitches, rather than following a pattern; I don't think I ever did that while embroidering before, but I've found such inspiration when I've knit and crocheted that way, I thought freeform was the way to go.
So after starting this wee sampler, I got sucked into trolling Etsy.com for vintage embroidery transfers for several hours. It's not like I have the funds to actually buy any right now, but it sure was fun to see what's out there. And I started to collect a mini-blogroll of embroidery sites. If you are an aficionado, and you haven't seen 'em already, check out Feeling Stitchy, Patternbee, Pimpstitch, Vintage Transfer Finds, and Sublime Stitching. There's also Flickr, with the Embroidered Stuff, Stitched by Hand, and Embroidered Art Group pools. SO much inspiration!
I wandered over to the thrift store next door today, and SCORE! I got a 10" wooden embroidery hoop for a buck ninety five, and Kim threw in a 12" vintage linen napkin in pristine condition. Gotta go plug in the iron, now, and cogitate on a design.
To round out the holiday weekend, here is a shot I took on Christmas that I forgot to post 'til today. There's another here, and one here, if you're still feeling the need to revel in Xmas-y goodness.
Do you think it's too early to start on Christmas '09 embroidery projects?