Recently, one of my sewing groups challenged us to hand sew a project of our choice. Since I’ve been wanting to improve my embroidery skills (not practiced since childhood), I decided that an embroidered tea cloth would be a great sampler.
I really wanted a tea-themed elaborate design (because why do anything simply?!) of stacked teacups and steam from the pot curling around in a fanciful design of sailing ships and caravans (you know, the exotic spice and tea trade?)… Yeah, I’m insane.
I had a few small sample swatches of really pretty upholstery fabrics, so I made them into fabric appliques and then used a combination of machine embroidery and hand stitching to secure them to a cheap-but-nice cotton towel I picked up at IKEA. I then added French knots and a variety of stitches to accent the fabric print design.
Overall, I’m quite pleased and I learned to my surprise that I quite enjoy some hand work. It gave me hope that I could actually start one of those massive hand-work projects I’ve always wanted to try but was too afraid to….
What have you challenged yourself with lately?