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« on: March 08, 2009 10:52:38 AM »

Here are my very first embroidery attempts. My hatred of tying knots has kept me from trying for many years. I must admit, I'm in love. Instant gratification and everything you need is under $20? My quilting and knitting habits are jealously sitting in the corner, sulking.

I'm looking to buy my first house, so I've been working on a hope chest of sorts. I'm calling it Operation Domestication. Of course, embroidered towels are a necessity. My only concern is, since this was my first project, I bought the cheapest, thinnest towels ever made. I doubt they'll hold up very long. I do have some more hardy ones for the next couple.


I did two more towels last night after I shot this photo. The transfers are from http://www.SublimeStitching.com. Best site every.

Once I actually find THE HOUSE, I'll start in on curtains and rugs and fun stuff like that. I'll try to post it all up here.
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009 11:09:06 AM »

you did a great job. nice neat stitches. my first attempts are hideous!
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009 11:23:22 AM »

Terrific start.
I love the skull!
Look forward to seeing more in the future!
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009 11:36:39 AM »

Terrific start.
I love the skull!
Look forward to seeing more in the future!

Thanks. I really wish I had done the skull on a better quality towel. It took a while, and I really like the result. It's a shame that it was done with such poor quality materials.

chalk it up under "live and learn"
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009 11:57:36 AM »

Great job! My first attempt was with the sugar skull pattern to. I bought the pattern collection loving the art, I got tired of just looking at it one day and jumped right in!
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009 12:09:50 PM »

Great job! My first attempt was with the sugar skull pattern to. I bought the pattern collection loving the art, I got tired of just looking at it one day and jumped right in!

I wonder if your like me - I've been visiting the Sublime Stitching website regularly for over a year going - "Hmm, embroidery...". It took me forever to take the leap!
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009 03:19:44 PM »

Great job! My first attempt was with the sugar skull pattern to. I bought the pattern collection loving the art, I got tired of just looking at it one day and jumped right in!

I wonder if your like me - I've been visiting the Sublime Stitching website regularly for over a year going - "Hmm, embroidery...". It took me forever to take the leap!

I know, right? I am not ashamed to say that embroidery intimidates the hell out of me. I am dying to try it, though. My mother used to embroidery when I was really little. I still remember the rollerball paint tubes that she used for pattern drawing.

I need to just suck it up and try. These were too cute.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009 04:38:30 PM »

Those look awesome!

I definitely know what you mean by instant gratification. My crochet has gone by the wayside since discovering that I can complete embroidery projects in just a few hours.

SORRY AFGHAN THAT TOOK A SOLID YEAR BECAUSE I KEEP GETTING SICK OF YOU.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009 07:30:28 PM »

these are great!  i love the blue eyes on the lemon....

as far as towels go, i use the 28x28 cotton "flour sacks" from www.colonialpatterns.com  I love them, I always pre-wash and dry them first before stitching on them.  I usually buy them at Hobby Lobby and I've seen them sold at Hancock Fabrics as well. 

I also know (and have seen them for sale) that Wal-Mart, Target, K-mart (Martha Stewart brand), and Bed, Bath & Beyond sell "flour sack" towels too.  I haven't stitched on them so I can't comment whether they wash and dry well or how they stitch up. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2009 04:48:02 AM »

They're brilliant!!  I wouldn't have guessed it was your 1st attempt.

I only just started embroidering this week and posted my 1st finished project the other day, I've also become slighthly obsessed.

When you get the house I'm sure it's gonna look fantastic, the skull is so cute.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what else you do.
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