trying a little something different … hand embroidery + a linky party

One major side effect of being a crafty person
is the over abundance of craft ideas floating in your head.
and something that makes this worse
is a little thing called pinterest

I find myself using pinterest all the time 
I think it’s a perfect visual bookmark
instead of a forever list that takes forever to scroll through! 

anyway, now I lost my train of thought…

hmm pinterest, bookmarks, side effects, oh yeah

I was on pinterest the other day 

and came across some friends “pinning” hand embroidery.
I got a smokin’ deal at Goodwill a few weeks back on hoops
but still had no plan for them. 

I have a hard time just filling them with pretty fabric and displaying that on my wall. 
all though I think if I used scraps I could be okay with it…

I needed a little something special to go with it. 
I thought what if I mix just fabric and fabric / with personalization
I saw this idea…

and this…

So of course I had to learn this new skill
no big deal I thought…
I came across this tutorial
full of different kinds of stitches

okay not quite as easy as I thought. I ended watching tons of videos and reading lots of websites..
 here is another tutorial I found helpful…

after much reading and listening I thought I was ready to try this out.
I decided to go with a stem stitch because they say it’s good for curves.
my finished product turned out okay
not good but okay
but next time will be better
I will also use fun fabric and pick something sweet to write in it…
here is mine:
Have you tried this? do you have pictures, tips, suggestions to share?
have you used your hoops for a fun project? 
Link up with any craft project you want to share! 
all links will be featured next week!

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  1. So simple! I love it. Your inspiration pictures are awesome too! I think I might have to try my hand at this too! Thanks for linking up to Lemon Tree!

  2. Hi Chrissy,

    I’m inspired to try some embroidery now! Isn’t Pinterest amazing?

    I gave you the “One Lovely Blog” Award! Go see what that means here:

    Have a lovely day!

    Amanda @

  3. I came across your blog today! I’m obsessed with pinterest toooo!! keep up the blogging!

  4. You know you are after my own {heart} with this post! LOVE what you did. It’s so simple and cute and clean. So are you totally addicted to it now?
    So of course I’m gonna like up but I will keep it to 2. 1 embroidery and 1 fabric in the hoops. yay for parties…and you YOU!

  5. Looks GREAT for a first try! This is definitely something that takes some practice, especially just to get used to the technique.

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not seeing the linky party…

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