I love creating things, whether it be crocheting, sewing, painting, scrapbooking... the list goes on. I've always been interested in embroidery but had never given it a try. Recently, I was scrolling along through Pinterest and saw this
and immediately fell in love with it and had to figure out how to make it.
I found the blog post with the pattern here
. Everything was so clear and seemed easy enough that I felt I could give it a try. So I ran to Joann's (any excuse will get me there) and grabbed what I needed to do this project.
Once I got everything sorted out I then had to learn
embroidery. I noticed on the pattern that there were seven different stitches I had to learn. Eek! SEVEN!! I was determined though. I headed over to YouTube, found a few videos, but they were confusing or poor quality, or I just plain couldn't learn anything from them. Then I found Wendi Gratz
. I don't know what I would have done had I not found her. Her videos are SO good! Thank you, Wendi! :)
Two days later I was finished with my project. I worked on it here and there over the weekend. I was actually sad when I was finished and didn't have anything left to embroider, so now I have to find a new project. Embroidery is definitely something I will continue to do.
My notes regarding the pattern:
I obviously traced the pattern of the girl, but I wanted my granddaughter's name at the bottom instead of "thread," so I freehanded that. Some of the colors I used are different than the pattern. I will list the colors I used below. My granddaughter has dark brown hair with auburn highlights, so I used one strand of E898 to put those in there. I combined colors for the headband instead of using just one color. And for the word "lily" I added one strand of the next color I was putting into the gradient, and would then go to two strands of one color, then add in one strand of the next color (4 purples) until I got to the beginning with the lightest color. I hope that made sense! I used split stitch instead of back stitch throughout.
Colors I used:
Hair: 3371 with E898 highlights
Headband: Combination of 961 and 3713
Mouth: Combination of 221 and 961
Tights: 894 and 414
LILY: 550, 414, 209, 210
My Instagrams as I was going along...
Now I just have to decide what I want to do with the finished project. I haven't decided if I want to frame it, make it into a pillow, etc. I'll have to figure it out before Christmas though, as I want to give this to my granddaughter.
Until next time...
Lady by the Bay