Learning Stitches

This weekend I stumbled upon a great website Needle N Thread. It’s a great resource for people who are learning embroidery. I finally found out why I wasn’t able to get my stem stitch to look the way it did in the pictures of my books.

This is my attempt at stem stitch after watching the video tutorial.

This is my attempt at stem stitch after watching the video tutorial.

Books are a great way to learn many things, but sometimes it’s better to have someone there to watch you attempt what you are learning to give you pointers. When you live where I live (the middle of nowhere) it’s hard to find people who know how to embroider and have the time to teach you. That’s where video tutorials come in handy. There are so many valuable videos that walk you through the steps of the stitch and give pointers for correction when you are struggling. There are many places to find these tutorials such as, YouTube, and sites like the one I mentioned above.

Carrying on with last weeks post, this weeks challenge is to learn and practice two different stitches; the stem stitch, and the lattice stitch. I’ll post pictures in my next post to show everyone how well it went this week!


“The Goal is NOT perfection…” Amy Fackrell

The start of every New Year brings about a lot of self-examination and reflection. Often we look for things we could have or should have done better last year and vow to do better this year. We get so caught up in what we did wrong that very few people really take stock of the things that went right and vow to do those things again.

My older sister is my best friend and she is very wise although she is hardly older than I myself am. While struggling with the things I wanted to do better, she simply told me “The goal is not perfection, it is to go longer and longer between mistakes.” This simple thought hit me very hard. It shook something loose in me and I have decided to take it as my personal motto for this year.

My older sister Amy and two fo the reasons I'm too busy to quilt!

My older sister Amy and two of the reasons I’m too busy to quilt!

Going to school and trying to be creative has been a challenge for me over the past few years. Trying to find time to sit down and quilt or sew is hard when you are taking 15 credit hours each semester. I also have a family that seem to think they need to do things like eat, have some attention, and wear clean clothes. I mean really? Do they really need to do all those things? This is how I was thinking prior to talking to my sister. Focusing on all the things that were taking up my time. After talking to her I realized that maybe right now my focus needs to be on things other than my quilting. There are many other creative things I can do now, like embroidery, and hand sewing/ quilting. There is also designing. So instead of focusing on all the things I don’t have time to do I’m going to focus on the creative things I can do! This year I want to do more embroidery, and would love to have a go at hand sewing a quilt. I’m going to try to accomplish a weekly challenge to help me with this goal.  I hope that you’ll come along for the journey and help encourage me “to go longer and longer between mistakes!”