One of the activities I want to spend more time on this month is embroidery. I love embroidery, it was my passion before knitting took over. Now my older eyes can't cope with sewing for too long, and then only in very good daylight, but if I can manage little and often I shall be happy.
Last month I completed an embroidered tablecloth.
I bought the cloth in a charity shop in Chester, many many years ago. As you can see, the previous owner had made a start.
Every year I would promise myself that I would finish it, I'd sew a bit then it would be put away again.
This year, thankfully, I have fulfilled my promise. And I'm very happy with the finished cloth. Especially as now I can start a new embroidery project.
I'm very excited about this new project. Inspiration came from Pinterest (as always). I'm going to embroider little squares and then join them together to make a wall hanging. I will make 54 squares in total - one for each year of my life - and I've already decided the subject for each square.
To make it more interesting, I making it into a lucky dip, so that a subject is picked at random.
Some of the subjects are open to any interpretation, so it gives me freedom to play around with ideas.
I don't expect to get this project finished in a hurry - embroidery has a very leisurely pace - I will embroider when the mood takes me. I have completed my first square. The subject picked out of the jar was "insect". So I couldn't resist embroidering some bees.
I'm happy I've made a start and looking forward to the next square.
Today I'm going to start planning some sewing projects, I've set up my sewing machine and I'm itching to get started. I think this is going to be a very productive month.