A first go with embroidery

Embroidery is an art that I have always appreciated, always wanted to try, but just never really got in to it, until now, that is! At the start of student teaching, I was greeted by at least 100 third graders who knew all sorts of stitches and they were beyond thrilled to teach me what they knew. From their instruction, I mastered the lazy daisy, chain stitch, straight stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch, French knot, and the zig-zag stitch—a class favorite! Pretty impressive, right? Excitement is contagious because I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some embroidery floss and fabric. Isn’t it cool how inspiration can come from anyone anywhere if you’re open for it?

This is my first project. I bought a package of three plain camisoles which I felt were a manageable size for my first project, and they’ll be adorable on my four-year old! One of the hardest things about embroidery is choosing the colors—there are so many to choose from, and they’re so beautiful all together!

KoiFish-collage

The stitches I used for this project are mainly the scallop, split stitch, and french knot. Before starting I sketched out the designs in pencil, which is still visible in the images, but it will wash out.

I gathered inspiration a book titled Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray. This book is an excellent supplement to third-grader instruction.

17. April 2014 by schristian
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