A couple of posts ago I told you about my crafty sister, Cassie. All her handmade things are awesome but her embroidery, as you can see from this beautiful Koi fish, is especially amazing.
She made that square to contribute to Kootoyoo’s Red Quilt Project last year.
Here’s what she made for Olive’s 1st birthday.
On the front is an embroidered list of all our nicknames for Olive. As you can see she has about 300 of them and, yes, they do include “Op Shop”, “Obstetrician” and “Opportunity Knocks”. What? Don’t all kids have nicknames like that?
And this is on the back. Can you bear it? I nearly can’t.
Another lovely thing to do with embroidery is use it to preserve your kids’ special drawings. Sophia did this drawing of an orangutan in the rain and Cassie immortalised it for me in thread and we framed and hung it in a wooden embroidery frame.
Of course, you can also use these lovely hoops just to frame fabric which looks very sweet. This is an idea that has been floating around the crafty blogosphere for years and I’m not entirely sure where it started but I send big love to whoever did come up with it. It’s a simple, cheap and beautiful way to decorate a wall.
I made this set for Sophia about 12 months ago and they hang above her bed. I particularly like the fact that they’re light as a feather so I don’t have to worry about them doing any harm if they fall off. (Don’t you love the way they follow that crack in the wall? Note to self – paint over crack. In the wall.)
I enjoy the quiet, repetitive nature of embroidery enormously. It’s one of those things, like hand sewing, knitting or kneading bread that can be comfortingly meditative. If you’ve never done it before but would like to have a try, I highly recommend Sublime Stitching as a starting reference. It is clear and comprehensive and also includes loads of cute templates, including very useful alphabets.
I hope maybe this has inspired you to go and get your broids on.
I’ll leave you with one final piece of inspiration from Cassie. She copied this from the first ever picture Sophia drew of me. I think you’ll agree it’s an uncanny likeness. Except for that eye which makes it look a little like I’ve walked into a door.
Ah broids. Is there anything you can’t depict?