yes, the shocker was when I realize I already owned SIX embroidery hoops already (never used one before now)uh WHAT!?!
Am I a granny or something?
No, I'm not one yet, but funny enough, I thought it would be fun to try the "old fashioned" way, just to say I have and to cross it off my imaginary bucket list.
It turns out there is quite the art to it and all kinds of little special stitches. I got a lot better as I went along and I figured out my preferences. I realized I actually liked using "chunkier" floss (that's what hand embroidery people call THREAD...and in case you are wondering...they sell, said floss, in a special section at your craft store in all kinds of pretty colors).
On another side note....if you have never hand embroidered anything in your life before (like me), then you need special needles, too... they are called "EMBROIDERY NEEDLES". Duh!
I am only saying that, because I had to ask what kind I needed and the craft store people thought I was stupid or something!
They kind of remind me of Naomi and Cai... I ended up changing the pattern a bit. The boy had skull and crossbones over his hearts and he was kind of sad. I thought it was cute the way the pattern was, but I wanted him to be happy and in love... I used both the girl and boy patterns together and traced them where their hearts floated together.... sweet, right?
uh...no. I used my normal time that I would have read one of my books doing this instead. It took me two-ish days to complete this project, normal book accomplishment time, depending on the size of the book and it makes for a pretty good sit in front of the tv and catch up on your shows type of project, too.
Rachael has her HAND embroidery patterns for sale in her cute ETSY shop and is quite the fun blogger to follow! You should definitely check her stuff out!