because i need a new craft like i need another hole in my head.
while i was on vacation, i hadn't taken anything with me to work on. i was flying and didn't want to check any bags, and i was worried about my crafts getting confiscated. instead, i planned to wait until i got to where i was going and then pick up something to do. doing nothing is not a valid alternative. i start to go stir-crazy if i don't have something to do with my hands.
my stepmother has quite a collection of crafting books. i was browsing through her stash when i found the Doodle Stitching book. there were a lot of really cute designs and i wanted to try something new. i went to joann's and picked up a 6" hoop, some needles, various colors of DMC floss, and a package of burp cloths to work on.
these were my first attempts. i used pencil to copy the patterns basically freehand. the burp cloths are a double layer, so i can't see through the fabric and i had no transfer tools. i've used backstitch and running stitch before, but my french knots and satin stitch definitely need work. it was pretty fun, so when i got back home, i bought some more floss and searched for cute patterns on the web.
i did this one last night. the pattern is from wild olive. this time around, i used tracing paper that i have for sewing but i couldn't see the lines very well, so i ended up drawing over them with a disappearing ink marker. i haven't washed it yet, so the lines are still visible. i love how adorable this pattern is. i might use another cupcake for the last burp cloth.
i don't know that i'll embroider a lot, but it's a nice change of pace for when i'm tired of everything else.
today's stash picture is the purples. i did not have much purple in my stash, but now i do. the two on the left are feedsack reproduction prints that i got at Dollar Saver. the ombre in the middle goes from purple to red to yellow. i thought it might make an interesting quilt back. i picked up some sugar pop, central park, and amy butler love as well. some of this might end up as a bag pretty soon.