I love that phrase from Monty Python, "and now for something entirely different". That's what I did yesterday, something entirely different. My friend Janet is offering a SAL on her blog (janetbrandt.com) of one of her drawings. What fun! Janet is the most creative person I know. You should see her workroom, it is a dream come true. I would love to spend the day with her and just make stuff. This is the next best thing. I downloaded the design then got out my handy-dandy freezer paper and some muslin. I ironed the freezer paper onto the muslin and cut it to 8 1/2 inches by 11inches to fit in my printer. Then I printed it out. Wow, it turned out beautifully.
Then I tried it in a smaller size.
I put it in a hoop. On her blog Janet started with the biggest bird. So I grab some floss that was close by and decided to give it a try. I'm much better at cross stitch than embroidery. But this has a folk art feel to it and whatever I do is just fine.
I thought I would try stitching a stem or two, in stem stitch of course. Then I got brave and started a heart. It didn't turn out quite like I imagined but it is okay.
Then I wanted to try satin stitch. I thought I would try it the wrong way and see what happened. Yep, it looked sloppy. So then I thought I would try it the right way with split stitch around the edge first and satin stitch with one thread over that. Much better. Then I went back and couched some thread on the first one and it looked a lot better. I'm kind of goofing around.
I still didn't finish the flap on the Quaker Bag but I had fun. Check out Janet's blog and give it a try.