I didn't sew for many years as I was so busy working full time and keeping up with the kids. I decided that I should learn to knit. At the time, knitting had re surged as a very in vogue hobby and many celebrities were doing it.
It was credited as being relaxing, so I thought I would learn to knit. After all I did many crochet blankets for my Barbies when I was young. I surely could knit a straight stitch and create some beautiful handmade gifts in the process.
I tried to knit a scarf and it was probably one of the longest knitting projects in history. I didn't find it at all relaxing and actually it felt like the opposite. I realize I do not like to do anything with my hands when I use them all day long. I completed my horrible scarf and swore off any further knitting, hand stitching, crocheting etc.
Now that I just work filling in, I have embraced sewing again and with that comes occasional handwork. I am enjoying hand stiching hems and other finishing techniques on my garments.My stitches are finally looking pretty and I find I get into a sort of rhythm .
I actually have done some embroidery adding simple flowers to slips. and nightgowns. I have a few vintage embroidery patterns that I picked up on Etsy together in a lot. I love all the instructions and suggestions on vintage items.
|Pretty for adding to lingerie|
|Guest Towels or other linens|
Have you seen the very cool embroidery patterns at Sublime Stitching ?
They have really fun patterns and cute tool kits plus a book which can take you through all the stitched you need to complete these projects. She regularly has sales and free shipping on her patterns. Some of my favorites are.
|Camp Out from Sublime Stitching|
As far as knitting I see all these fabulous hand knit creations from Lauren from LLadybird
Peggy Sue Sweater
Red Cashmerino Cowlneck
It makes me want to give it another try. I have a very dear friend who knits often and very well she is offering to teach me this fall. Hopefully the second go will be better. Do you enjoy doing hand work?
I will have the completed Playsuit to reveal soon...just some small finishing details to complete.