In my defense, I have been a little busy:
My entry back to the world of upright life/crafting was in the form of knitting baby hats for several of my friends who had babies (3 babies in February alone!). For me, knitting baby hats is chicken soup for my soul, soothing and in an odd way a bit healing.
With a few hats under my belt and my crafting legs feeling a bit sturdier, my crafting interests took a turn. I was luck enough to receive a copy of Baby Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo. If you haven’t checked this book out, I highly recommend it---its filled with wonderful, cute, sweet projects. One of the projects that caught my eye was a selection of really cute items to embroider. (For some reason, babies are heavily on my mind. Go figure.) Now, I will readily admit that my needlepoint work is not that great, however, the animals are so cute that the end product still comes out really nicely (even if I do say so myself). These sweet little nothings were a lot of fun to stitch up! Even at my snail’s pace, I could knock one out in about an hour in front of the TV (well, non-Olympic TV). For those of you who really enjoy instant crafting gratification, this is a great project for you.
All three of the animals in the top photos are from Baby Stuff, as is the bunny in the image below. The cloud design is from Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners (another great book for those who want to learn how to embroider). The bottom monster was a Baby Gap rip-off that K kindly sketched up for me.
For the most part, I used just the standard DMC floss---three strands as recommended by Baby Stuff. The fabric I used was Kona cotton that happened to be in my stash. I really love the way the white fabric looks, however, if you are not very careful and neat on the wrong side (sorry, that is a knitting term, but you get my drift), the thread will show through.
Now, I am no embroidery expert (and if you are, maybe you can weigh in on the “correct way” in the comments section), so I just used some Misty Fuse on the back of the embroideries, turned the edges under and then stitched down the sides. The Misty Fuse might be overkill, but I thought tacking down some of the stitching wouldn’t be the worst thing.