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Hand Embroidery Ideas I’m Moving To The Front Burner

I’ve been kicking around some hand embroidery ideas lately. I used to do a lot of it back in the day and lately I keep seeing customers with embroidery floss in their basket and, well, you know me… All that colorful floss has been giving me the itch to try it again.

I didn’t want to start with a huge project, though. It’s been a long time since I picked up a needle and floss. I’m not sure I remember many of the stitches and I’m not sure I have the eye-sight or dexterity for a long project.

On a side note, I’ve also been thinking about felt projects lately. I used to make a lot of Christmas ornaments out of felt and I’d like to get back into that, too. (So much to do!)

So, I went on the hunt for some quick hand embroidery ideas on felt (yes sometimes I’m picky like that!) and, as usual, my first place for inspiration was Pinterest.

Kicking Around Some Hand Embroidery Ideas and Projects with Felt

Next Stop: Joann!

Now, I’m really itching to get started but there’s one teeny, weeny little problem: I’m not sure I remember many embroidery stitches. In fact, I’m pretty sure I only remember two or three, like a chain stitch, satin stitch, and French knots.

So… to Joann for a peek at the books! And here’s what I found:

So, what do you think?

I’m thinking that July would be the perfect month to work on some small embroidery/felt projects. Small projects can be easily transported so you can work on them anywhere – the beach, the park, your sunporch or deck, grandma’s house, or wherever you go for vacation.

And speaking of vacation… If you’re like me your summers are packed with activity. We certainly want to create during July but who has the time for a long-term project when there are so many other things to do, like amusement parks, the beach, the fair, and that vacation to Disney World!

Small projects are also lightweight. Who wants to have a big, crocheted blanket in their lap this time of year? Or a hefty quilt? A needle, a few skeins of floss, and a piece of felt won’t make your temperature rise.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to take on a few small embroidery projects and learn along with me?

Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat! (Just please don't ask her about lightbulbs!)

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