Here is a calico square I've embroidered for a quilt project a friend is organising.
I did this while watching a movie yesterday.
A simple design of some straight stitch flowers, a stem stitch outlined butterfly, and some french knots in different colours and it was done.
Embroidery is easy...really easy.
I literally drew the butterfly freehand and so too, the circles for the straight stitch flowers. I used an eraseable/washable dressmakers marker, and hand washed and pressed the finished square for presentation.
Hand embroidered projects are a very welcome gift...one only has to look at Etsy to see the explosion of hand embroidered giftlines to see that. And anyone can embroider. If you can thread a needle and follow instructions, you can too.
I have a great book, gifted to me by a work colleague a few years ago that makes most stitches easy to comprehend.
It's this one....
For the price of the book, some needles and a couple of skeins of embroidery floss, you too could be stitching pretty gifts for everyone.
Go...have a go. It's a beautiful pastime worth ressurecting.
What's on your Tray of Bliss today?