Today’s project was not only fun, it was a stroll down ‘stitching’ memory lane.
My mom-in-law taught me to cross stitch when I was 15 (no she wasn’t my mom-in-law then, but Mike and I were going steady 🙂 ). She cross-stitched beautifully and was a wonderful teacher. I was hooked right away. My first project was actually a gift for my mom for Mother’s Day – a flowered heart, if I remember correctly. Not sure if my mom still has it, but that was my entry into the stitching world. I continued to work on pieces, collect patterns and DMC floss well into my late 20’s. After a while, I became busy with work and interested in other hobbies and cross-stitching kind of went by the wayside. I still have many patterns, fabric and floss.
For a number of years, though, I really enjoyed it and for one of my birthdays, Mike, in a wonderfully romantic gesture, drove down to the local craft store (Your Creations), grabbed a basket and proceeded to buy every skein of DMC floss they carried. There were more than a few ladies in the store that day that thought he was the sweetest guy ever. I spent the next week wrapping each skein around those cardboard floss organizers and tucking them into plastic storage bins.
I thought about all of these things while I stitched away at my pumpkin today. As you know, I like pumpkins, and when I saw this tutorial over at makeandtakes.com I had to dig out my floss and start stitching.
I love when hobbies overlap and as you’ll discover soon enough, I also really enjoy card making, so this project combined my card making love with my embroidery/stitching love. As you see I didn’t complete the card today, but I did finish stitching the pumpkin and will share the card in a few days.
Because I was stitching onto cardstock, I had to print out the pattern and then punch holes into the cardstock. I then stitched through the holes and voila, a stitched pumpkin! This technique works well with lined art and I’m considering a dog paw next. Stay tuned…
“Hey mom, Woody says you should stitch a dog bone on his Christmas stocking… ah, no I misunderstood. He tends to mumble. He said you should stick a dog bone in his Christmas stocking. Isn’t he just full of good ideas?”