Friday, July 18, 2008

Simple Embroidery


Like I said in my last post, I am enjoying embroidering some dishtowels for my home right now. I also look forward to adding some small touches to pillowcases and t-shirts, and I always receive much appreciation when I cross-stitch a simple baby gift for a friend (usually a bib or burp cloth with the baby's name). I gather and keep my current project's supplies in a round basket that I can carry around the home with me...by my bed, on the coffee table, out on the front porch, or in the hammock. It's also something I grab when we are going on the trip to do as we talk in the car.

Why embroidering?

I have always found any kind of handwork to add a softness, warmth and detail to a home. It evokes in me a sense of nurture and tenderness. It communicates a love for the home, for family, and for comfort. It just seems gentle...which is the kind of woman I long to be. When I have needle and floss in hand, I become calmer, more reflective/contemplative, and slow down. I am able to listen better to the children because I am less distracted. And I have been finding that I instruct them and teach them more about the Lord and life when I am sitting and working with my hands.

It's simple and easy to learn. It's easy to pick up when you have a few free moments and then set it down again as other needs arise. It doesn't take much time or energy to learn a few basic stitches that you can use to outline just about anything. I bought this book and it taught me the split stitch, stem stitch, and backstitch which I use for just about everything. It's a wonderful beginner's primer and I refer to it constantly. I also found this awesome reference book at a yard sale for $1 and encourage you to keep your eye out for it. It has inspired me to learn even more forms of needlework! And this book is on my wish list right now, and I just can't wait to get my hands on it.

It's inexpensive. Most crafty hobbies today can put a serious strain on the budget. That's another reason for my stitching addiction right now...I can afford it! A simple 6 inch wooden hoop cost $1. Floss is about 30 cents a color. My flour sack towels are $2.50 each and if they are on sale (which is frequent) they are even less. A bib or burp cloth costs about $6. Embroidery needles are under $2. Hot Iron Transfers are about $1. I did splurge and buy Gingher embroidery scissors and I love them. Well worth the investment (and you'll have them forever).

So there you have my advertisement for adding embroidery to your life. It's seems to me to be just about the perfect hobby for those that love simple living, an unhurried lifestyle, mindfulness, care, frugality, and the need for daily creativity. And it's really cute too :)

Happy Stitching!

8 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I love embroidery. I was sat thinking the other night as I was stitching, it was like going back in time. And I find my son and I have some lovely conversations as we sit and stitch together

Deanna said...

I have been a lurker forever but I had to mention something when you posted about embroidery. I am just beginning to homeschool our girls...I read something about having them to small crafts and that it is important that it is a task that means something. Not just work. That's when we started embroidery. We love it. We have the same exact "Days of the Week" that you are working on. I would love to see some of your projects when finished. I am not much of a sewer (time and space to set up the machine), but we are preparing to serve in Missions overseas and I am excited to take lots of embroidery along for the girls and I to do. Thanks for your post. I loved some of your book ideas!

laurel said...

Alright, that is IT!!!! I am picking it up again. How can I not, after reading this post? :)

AIMEE said...

HA HA HA Laurel!!! I was hoping I would rope you back in :)

stacey said...

I have found myself drawn to embroidery as of late. I used to cross-sttch all the time, and crochet takes up much of my time now, but you have made a lot of excellent points. I actually just recently bookmarked the Doodle Stitching book that you linked.

Susan L said...
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Susan L said...

You almost have this decidedly non-crafty woman convinced to give it a try! :-) I've been wanting to pick up some handwork...

Thanks,
Susan :-)

Lelia said...

Okay, I love all the reasons you listed, so I must investigate this for myself. I'd probably love it. I like needlework and feel so contented when I'm doing it and have completed a project. Thanks for being so inspirational, FRIEND, as you always are for me. :)