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embroidery basics

Embroidery Basics
Embroidery Basics Inside

I didn't exactly need this embroidery basics book since I have the amazingly thorough elegant stitches, but I am a serious sucker for japanese simplicity. I love the sparse and easy to understand illustrations throughout this little book. It's charming.

Lavendarfelt
Lavenderfelt2
Lavenderfelt Design

I've just started another piece as well. Since the sashiko is tedious I find that I need to have a few projects going at once and then decide each time which I feel like picking up. I started this one using the stabilizer method but decided to freehand embroider it once I realized that again some of the elements and line lengths I chose were too small or short for the fuzzy thick felt. I'm actually enjoying free hand more than following and stitching over a pattern. In this case the elements are organic so I think it'll work out nicely. I also adore this earthy lavender color of felt, I'll have to try to figure out where I purchased it or if I can replicate the color. I'm bad about keeping track of these types of things and I've purchased many little amounts from various vendors — oh Etsy!

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