Back in the end of June, we were getting ready to head up to the family lake home in Northern Minnesota for a week. This vacation is always very low key- we sleep, read, fish and eat…not much more than that! A few days before we hit the road I was shopping at Aldi (bless you Aldi, you rule!) and you know how they have that 1 aisle that just had the most random selection of non-food stuff? Like blankets and socks and toys and it’s different every time you go? Well, let me tell you, that is where, for $8, I found a embroidery for beginners kit! It had instructions, embroidery floss, iron on patterns, cloth and 2 hoops..for $8!! Perfect for vacay! I made sure to iron on the patterns before we left, and then threw everything into my sewing box and stashed it in the back seat.
One overcast afternoon I pulled everything out and starting reading instructions. It seemed fairly simple, with the book giving written directions, and color picture diagrams for each type of stitch. So I was off, I choose an H monogram, with roses, following the instructions fairly closely. Not too shabby actually! And I finished it about a day and a half, maybe putting in 4 hours total
Next up was this cute bird! This pattern was also included in the kit, but it didn’t have play-by-play instructions to go with it, the idea being that you take what you learned from the other patterns and apply it to this one. So I had a lot more creative freedom, ya know..to make mistakes! but I think its cute!
A few days went by and I decided that I LOVED doing this, and wouldn’t you know it, there was a friends birthday coming up and I had the most perfect idea for a gift! Both of these patterns were pieced together using the Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack by Aimee Ray, on Amazon
Spoiler Alert: She LOVED it!!
Honestly, I was hooked from the start! It takes some concentration, but not so much that you can’t join in on conversations. Its takes almost no space, just wherever you are sitting. And the creative possibilities are endless. I still don’t know what to actually DO with the finished pieces, I guess I could attach them to a pillow or tote bag or something. I have plans for some placemats eventually. I just really like that after a few hours (or days depending on how complicated the design is) I have a completed piece of art, something to be proud of and that I can call mine. We are up at the lake house again now, take a peek at this work in progress: