I’ve never really tried embroidery before. I did a bit of cross stitch when I was a kid, but I got fickle and probably switched back to my rock collection in a week’s time, as children are wont to do. In an effort to have some cooler summertime crafts (temperature wise, of course) and to give my hands a rest from the knitting needles, I got myself a Sashiko embroidery sampler, needles, thread, and a thimble – all for the price of a skein of Malabrigo. I like the fact that I could get started and didn’t really need to learn much – there are no complicated stitches and no embroidery hoop necessary. With a little help from The Purl Bee and an awesome tutorial on making quilter’s knots from Heather Bailey, I was out of the gate!
Sashiko sampler progress
Stitching these flowing, symmetrical lines is actually quite relaxing… until you stab yourself in the fingertip with a sharp needle. I’m not sure what the final product will be once I’ve completed the sampler – either I’ll mat and frame it for the wall or sew it into a cushion for my sofa. What would you do?
I also just finished up my Daybreak following a bit of a knitting disaster that I’ll explain later. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the squishy soft striped goodness.
What’s on your needles for the weekend? Do you have any plans for International Knit in Public Day on June 11?