Last night I finished up my first ever pattern test! What fun! Rachael asked a few of her blogging friends if they were interested in testing her first embroidery pattern. Her drawings are always so adorable that I knew the pattern would be too, so I said yes.
I should mention a few things...I am by all means a novice embroiderer. I did not follow the pattern exactly, but that was mostly because I saw some pictures of the other pattern testers' superheros in Rachael's flikr group and it gave me some ideas. I changed the colors and a few of the stitches. But, that is why I like this pattern, it gives you many different ways to change things up depending on your ability level and aesthetic desire.
For some reason I had a really difficult time transferring the hair onto my fabric for the girl. I have no explanation really, other than maybe I was in a rush and that my fabric was fairly thick. I also found it difficult to stitch the girl's hair I think because I didn't transfer it well and I wish I had a different color brown to work with (truth be told, I like the way the blonde looks the best, but Violet is a brunette so...). All in all, my boy turned out much cuter than my girl, but, again that is me, not the pattern, trust me check out the others on flikr, at Imagine Gnats, or at Wambler's Whimsies!! I think I rushed her a bit and I think I chose the wrong colors for the fabric I was using (cotton toweling). But, I still think she is adorable...and although her little smile is a bit off and scrunched up, it makes me giggle because that is exactly how my little girl super hero looks when she is off to save the world!
So, what did I decide to do with my little embroidery super heroes?...
His and hers Valentine's hand towels.
Remember this little hand towel? Well, sometimes it is in the laundry and then what do you suppose happens?...I find the other hand towel on the floor. So, now we have back ups! I haven't decided which way I am going to hang them yet. The plan was to have them next to each other
Oh, one last thing!! You can find the patterns here and here at Rachael's etsy shop! They are so cute and really you can whip one or two up so quickly and in time for Valentine's day (even if you are a novice)!
Now that's two little embroidery projects under my belt. I'm no expert, but I do like it. I feel like it is calming, meditative sort of craft, much what I assume knitting feels like (someday I will try to learn to knit...). I have a hankering to see if I can try to turn this platter from Ikea into a long term embroidery project...
Hmmm, we shall see!