I love hand embroidery. One of the main attractions for me is that it does not have to be perfect to turn out beautiful – here is one of my favorite embroidery projects – do you see what I mean? If you like it, too, check out these embroidery designs for every season: they mix quilting and hand stitching.
[Edited: June 18, 2020]
The embroidery designs in Changing Seasons transform one-block patchwork wall hangings from “quick and done” to “quick and lovely and done” stitched with colorful vignettes of daily life, framed or hung and displayed around the house (or your friend’s house) as reminders that, yes, we do sometimes slow down and take time to put needle to fabric.
I love the interchangeable banners for the seasons and major holidays. We can easily replace one banner with the other as the season or celebration approaches, infusing our home with the joy of anticipation, the warmth of preparation, and the whimsy of the handmade greeting.
My stitches are imperfect even though I have been embroidering for a while. Yet, I still make Gail’s projects (as you can see here) because her creativity tempts me to try, to learn, to venture, and accomplish! Changing Seasons is filled with eye-candy for the practiced, yet it would make a fun gift for a novice embroiderer and quilter who is itching to join our club. The General Instructions section at the back of the book has a diagram for the nine stitches she uses throughout the book, as well as information on how to finish the projects.
Today I am driving my mom and sister back to Las Vegas where they will catch a plane back to Sao Paulo, Brazil. We will be talking about our two weeks together and will plan our embroidery fun, as my sister saw Gail Pan’s book and is now totally hooked. How about you? Is embroidery and patchwork in your plans for the weekend? If not, what does the weekend look like for you?
Leave a comment below. One of you will be chosen to win a copy of Changing Seasons generously donated by Martingale. Be sure to write your email on your comment (like: soandsoatinternetdotcom so you won’t be spammed) and I will have a way to contact you. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 23 so you have until Sunday night to enter.
If you live in the US you will get a hard copy; if you live anywhere else in the world you will get the eVersion.
It is time to get on the road! Have a fantastic weekend,