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Hooked on Embroidery

This weekend was William’s birthday, and since it was raining most of the time, we didn’t really get to go out and do anything. Well, I don’t know about you, but I think rainy days are the perfect excuse to learn something new! So I decided I was going to learn how to hand embroider. (You know, for Wil’s birthday. Because I’m so thoughtful like that lolz)

I’ve been eyeing all of the fantastically amazing embroidery patterns by Sublime Stitching for months and months now. In fact, I think those patterns are really what got me interested in learning. Yeah, they’re that cool! I ended up buying the PDF’s for Tattoo Your Towels, Ryan Berkley Animals, and Spaced Out.

After a quick trip to Joann’s for the necessary supplies (I told Wil his birthday present was he didn’t have to go in with me haha!), and a view of this super helpful video, I was ready to get started!

If you follow me on instagram you’ve already seen these, but Lucille totally loves embroidery. …for obvious reasons.

I went with the super awesome robot for my first ever attempt. Easy enough right?
No seriously, Lucille thinks I should quit sewing. She can’t sit on my lap when I sew. She pretty much hates everything I do unless she can be in my lap while I do it. Soooo for instance, showering is another thing she hates that I do…

But anyways, here’s the finished product!!

Not bad huh? I’m really proud of myself! You can totally tell I started with the legs haha! But once I got the hang of it, it was pretty easy! AND super fun! I’m hooked!

I started another one already.
Fancy birds wear red tuxedos, right?

Now I have SO many ideas for hand embroidered details on all of my sewing projects!! Like this beautiful example from Oasis that I just pinned:
Well, obviously I’m not getting that fancy anytime soon, but I LOVE the white on blue to add interest to a plain neckline.

Have you seen Liz’s gorgeous hand embroidery on her 40’s inspired dress? Stunning! Lauren’s embroidered Ceylon dress is totally amazing too! (Awesome work, Ladies! I’m totally inspired!)

Don’t be surprised if you see a bunch of amateur embroidery on all of my sewing projects from now on 😉

Are you into embroidery? What are your favorite patterns?

Have a great week!

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  • Chantal

    Hi there! I love your blog and your post on embroidery made me want to comment! I’m sure you’ve heard of the Flickr group for vintage embroidery transfers called Hoop Love. If not, here’s the link: Also, check out this amazing design… LOVE it:

    • No I hadn’t heard of them! Thank you so much for introducing me 🙂 GREAT stuff in that flickr group, and the flower design is indeed amazing!

  • Love it – can’t wait to see how gentleman bird turns out!

    Penny Dreadful Vintage 

  • Your embroidery looks amazing!  I’m inspired!

  • Awesome! Thanks for the links, I’m definitely going to check them out 🙂 

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    So cute!

    You need to check out my friends blog:
    She is an amazing and talented and she made this for Luke for Christmas:

    • That’s SO awesome! Definitely adding her blog to my bloglovin’ roll 🙂

  • That robot embroidery is so wonderful! So cute! 

    • Thanks! Sublime stitching has super cool patterns 🙂 

  • sallieforrer

    Oh! This makes me want to run out and teach myself how to embroider! Looks like fun!

    • It’s way fun!! I was so surprised how easy it is to get started. I only know the back stitch and the french knot, but that’s pretty much all you need for simple projects! 

  • Really cute!  I haven’t tried embroidery since I was a kid and my mom tried to make me embroider dresser scarves… the half-finished ones are probably still hanging around somewhere!  The pugs feel the same way about sitting-down projects– they greatly prefer me knitting to sewing!  🙂

    • Thanks! You should definitely get into embroider again. I’m sure the pugs will agree 😉

  • Claire

    Yay! I did some embroidering last summer and started with Sublime Stitching too. I also like SewLovelyEmbroidery’s patterns on Etsy (pin up girls!) and the Stitcher’s Revolution patterns that you can find at Hobby Lobby. And I realllly love this lady’s work: And this lady revealed to me that you don’t even need a pattern – you can embroider anything you doodle:

  • I love that dress! And I like the idea of embroidery, I might follow you down that path! 🙂 Also, you are all adorable and happy birthday Wil 🙂

    • Isn’t the dress super pretty?! I’m totally going to make a navy blue dress with white embroidery on it now. Wil says thank you 😉