After doing a little embroidery as a child and in my teens, I picked up a needle again a few weeks ago. I finished a couple of little cross stitch kits first, to get used to working with needles and floss, then moved on to making our stock of tea towels a little more interesting.
Both these designs are on the one towel, although they're completely different patterns and don't really go well together- I just wanted to practice some different stitches. We'll use it in our kitchen, so it'll get beaten up
First up, a kitty and parasol, which is a free Knitting-and pattern from here: http://knitting-and.com/embroidery/kitties55.htm
I probably should have chosen a more distinct colour for the whiskers, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Here's a close up of her face.
I think she looks content, or perhaps pleased with herself- the cat that got the cream
I stitched the cat in stem stitch, back stich, satin stitch and long stitch.
Second, I stitched this fairy from the free Elves and Fairies pattern on Pattern Bee here: http://www.patternbee.com/FAIRIES.html
Here's the whole design. I'm really happy with it overall, it worked out a lot better than I'd thought it would
I'm not totally happy with the wings, chain stitch didn't really work out how I'd hoped for this part, and the face doesn't look right, but overall, I think it worked out okay.
Here's her face. The eyes look a bit crazy, but I'm really happy with the hair- all in French knots, which I could never master in my younger attempts. Hooray for online video tutorials!
Finally, her shoes-- who doesn't love a good pair of red shoes?
I used a bunch of stitches for the whole pattern- stem, split, chain, satin, long and back stitches, along with French knots.
(Apologies for the sketchy lighting- it's well after 11pm here, and I didn't want to wait until the weekend to take pictures!)