I mean why start small. I’ve been interested in embroidery for a while; I have seen so many amazing jackets and dresses covered in it, and I think it’s having something of a fashion moment. So I went through some of the various stitches on a little sampler and it seemed OK. I did have a look at some suggested starter designs to work on, but I couldn’t see anything very inspiring, and I find it hard to work on something which I’m not excited about.
So I decided to make my own design, and settled on a portrait of my sister Eden. What are sisters for if not to calmly accept it when you say you are embroidering their face. Many people would be alarmed, but not Eden.
I have managed a pretty good likeness! The hair is probably the best bit, it’s long and short stitches shaded in 3 different colours, and differences in stitch direction to mark out the different pieces of hair. I ended up using a much lighter thread than I’d planned to mark out the shape of the face, nose, etc. - I tried it in a dark brown to start with but it looked too bold and stark.
Really pleased with it - I don’t think the actual stitches are difficult, it’s more keeping the length / direction consistent that is tricky. Every time I thought I could get away with not marking out something beforehand, it proved to be an error. You don’t notice when you are going a little wonky until you stop and look and it, you can’t really tell in the middle of it.
It needs a bit more of an iron in the middle to look its best, but I’m worried about messing up how the threads are sitting. Must research the best way to do that!
My next embroidery project will probably be something a BIT smaller.