Back in June, I stopped by Crafty Planet in Minneapolis, MN and found a crewel embroidery kit made by Wool & Hoop. It was called "Love Loops" and the kit featured a way to make a greeting card, which I thought was really nifty. But I had no embroidery skills under my belt. I have lots of projects in mind and I've purchased a few of those Sublime Stitching packets, but have never really been motivated to actually sit down and embroider something. However, when I turned the Wool & Hoop kit over, I discovered that the company is based out of Marfa, TX. Marfa! I was there for a wedding about a year ago this month. Hmmmm... first year anniversary... paper... card... Sounds like a good idea to commemorate the wedding with a kit from the actual wedding site! So I picked up the kit and it sat on the shelf since June, until this past Sunday, when I realized that the actual anniversary was coming up over the Columbus Day weekend. Uh oh! So I got started and you can see the results of my hand stitching above. I forgot to take a picture of the finished card, because I was so excited to have it done and ready to send off. Instead, you can check out the examples at the Wool & Hoop site to get an idea of what it looked like.
I had a lot of fun doing this little bit of embroidery. The kit only called for two stitches: the satin stitch and the split stitch, but I know there are a lot of different little techniques out there. And as it turns out, just looking at the satin stitch directions (yes, now, after completing the project!), I have noticed that I did it completely wrong! Oh well, we all know my problem with following sewing pattern directions, so why should this surprise us? Anyway, this is why I have signed up to take a three-part embroidery class. They'll teach me all the stitches and I'll be more inspired to finish all these hand sewage projects I have waiting in the wings.