Thursday, March 11, 2010

Stitching Freestyle

Oh . . . my . . . goodness, am I ever LOVING this freestyle embroidery. Have I mentioned to you the "e-zine" that Teresa McFayden has put out? Oh, yes, I guess I have. Maybe . . . like . . . three times.

(By the way . . . don't know why some of the pictures show a bluish cast to portions of the linen. Must be something with the lighting.)

Okay, well, I'm ready to show you the results of the first lesson. Yes, Teresa is on Lesson 10. I am on Lesson 1. But at least I'm further along than the first letter of the first word! You've gotta give me that!

I accomplished what you see here while waiting.

Waiting until the kids' Co-op lets out. Waiting during a golf lesson. Waiting after basketball practice. Waiting at the doctor's office. Waiting in the orthodontist's office. Never knew I did so much waiting! Now I have something to show for it!!

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this embroidery. My mind is used to churning, whirling, spinning, and there was something mind-numbing about the endless up and down of the needle. But once my hyperactive brain got slowed down and used to the pace, I started to find the creativity and simplicity refreshing and soothing.

And now, I can't stop!! I'm loving this. I love the freestyle nature of it. I love how I can put my own spin on it.

This is just the beginning!! There's a lot more to come as I make it through all 10 lessons and fill up this sampler. Can't wait to show you!


  1. I LOVE it. Stitch up some more, send it to me and I'll sell it in my store. (if you'd like. pretty please.)

  2. Your sampler is looking great so far -- I may have to try one myself. I have always loved the look of embroidery and I even like doing it, but could never find just the right thing to do in something that was already printed on the fabric or if I did start something I got tired of the design before I finished and there was all these blue lines left telling me I didn't finish. The neat thing about what you are doing is that you choose the design and you can choose when it is done -- I think I am loving this idea. Can you let me know where you got your lessons? Looking forward to seeing more of your work as you go along : )

  3. You're past the "B", I'm so proud of you! Isn't this fun? I'll look forward to seeing your progress {did you catch that subtle accountability threat, I mean request?!}. Happy stitching why you wait...!

  4. Cute! Love the "bloom" word - it looks awesome (and really tough :)

  5. Yeah, I think the freestyle idea looks fun! I like mindless projects! They don't hurt so bad... :)
    I love the "bloom" ...really sweet.

  6. wonderful sticthing-
    you make ME want to take out my threads and try some. I checked out Teresa's ezine...very inspiring, but I love what you have started here.