Regular readers will know that I am a quilter ( never! I hear you chorus) and not an embroiderer... but I might well be going over to the other side. Not leaving quilting of course (never, no never...) but I have been wanting to broaden my skills base in stitching for some time. I am due to meet with StitchBusiness in Durham in February with a view to starting the City and Guilds certificate in Embroidery with them. But, with my usual inability to wait, I have been tempted to start a band sampler by the amazing sampler that Sharon Boggon has been chronicling on her blog.
I am going to work through all the stitches in a book I bought called The Embroiderers Stitch Bible and Sharon's own Stitch bible which is on her site for free. The band above is the first two sets of stitches in the book - running stitch and Holbein stitch which is (um, double running stitch.) Look, I have to start somewhere! I did this band up at Mum's last night and having done it presented it for general viewing saying ( only half in jest) "Look, its neat and has no knots. Praise me." (It's the photo that makes it look wonky, honest!) Mum sighed and said, " I think you were doing that in junior school." Well, that's as maybe but I surely was not doing it with with variegated hand-dyed silk.
I do have a dilemma though. I know that the majority of readers are quilters. Will it bore you if I start showing what progress I might make on this. I'd like to blog it but can start a separate blog for it for those who would read it if a lot of you prefer not to have regular posts on it. Opinions pur-lease. ( Take it as given I shall attempt better photos! I think I need a new camera).
Question: What's the capital of Iceland?
Answer: About £3.50