Embroidery


Ok, confession time. Its stresses me out to give birthday gifts. Really, it stresses me out to make some thing or get something for anyone. What if they don't like it? What if they actually really hate it or it insults them or they never get any use out of whatever I have spent so much time working on or looking for? So whenever I do make something for someone, it always comes with a "please be honest, if you don't like it I can make you something else, I want you to love it as much as I do". So I probably guilt people into using hats and scarves and whatever.


Yet surprisingly, I love making things for my loved ones. Odd little piece of conflicting trivia about me, I know. But thats how it is.

So when I realized that mid-April was sneaking up on me, it also meant the Season of Birthdays in beginning.
And I better work fast to find those gifts.
I decided I would be a crazy risk taker (not actually)  and make my first real embroidery project a biggie. Embroidered pocket squares.

So I did a little research, because what do I know about mens fashion, and learned that pocket squares are traditionally made of either silk, linen or cotton. Silk would be way to slippery and I would be afraid of it stretching out in my embroider hoop. So I got a polyester one (super cheap and not so classy, but hey, it was my very first try) and a linen one. And after a little practice on a scrap of cotton, I dived in.




They both ended up being given as birthday gifts anyway, and they were very appreciated.

Any good websites to learn more? I actually really enjoy embroidery. Its so relaxing.  :)

--Bee

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