For me personally, February being National Embroidery Month is incredibly appropriate. There are a lot of things happening this month that I associate embroidery with. For example, when I was a kid, my parents watched the local team’s football game every weekend (I think they still do). My mom, who was perhaps a little less into football than my dad, often used the time to work on a cross stitch project. Because she only worked on it during the games, it was slow going — I think it took about eight years to finish!
As a result, when I took up cross stitch it seemed natural to me to do it while watching TV, though I didn’t limit it to sports. That’s how I do most of my hand work to this day — I cross stitch, embroider, knit and crochet in the evenings while watching TV.
With the big game on Sunday and the winter games coming up in less than a week, you may be looking for something to occupy you during the competition downtimes, commentary and commercials. May I suggest that, being February, embroidery would be an appropriate activity?
If you’re looking for inspiration, I’m currently loving Tula Pink Coloring With Thread. It features 17 of Tula’s designs from her bestselling fabric collections, rendered and primed for hand embroidery. It also has step-by-step instructions for 20 different stitches and color recommendations from Tula herself. Find it at shopsewitall.com — there’s a digital version, too, if you don’t want to wait for the physical copy to be delivered.
Shopsewitall.com also has a set of pretty designs from Jenny Hart that are available as hand embroidery patterns. Or check out Volumes 1, 2, 7 and 10 of Sew It All; they all contain projects that require hand embroidery.
Of course, you can design your own embroidery as well, or turn just about any line drawing into one. Just hold the drawing with the fabric over it to the light and trace the design onto the fabric with a removable fabric marker. Make sure it’s one that will last until you remove it (air-soluble markers aren’t great unless you’re a really fast embroiderer). For tutorials on different hand embroidery stitches, visit sewdaily.com.
What will you embroider this month?
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