I have been doing cross stitch for many years and have decided to jump into embroidering. The first thing I am going to tackle is lettering as that will be a nice stepping stone to incorporate into cross stitch. Then if all goes well I can transition into some more complicated or fancy embroidering.
First things first is to get the equipment. I already have
the needles, thread, hoop and fabric, but I need a design. The
quickest and simplest methods seem to be the ones that use tracing
paper which allows you use any design you want*. I traced
letters (I have zero drawing ability) with a sharpie and then put a
scrap piece of white cotton over it and traced once again the pencil
This was the result:
I was rather proud of it for a first attempt. The letters aren't
quite straight but that I will blame on different size letters.
I thought I was on a roll, and decided to try something new. I
used the satin stitch to make an leaf:
Still not too bad, all things considered for a first attempt **.
I wanted to try bigger and better things:
A classic example of you should quit while you are ahead. I'll be
doing some practicing.
*The more complicated methods involve bananas, shouting, and
** If my wife has a fault other than Being British, it's that
she's overly critical of herself. She could dive out a 2nd floor
window, save a baby falling from a helicopter, bake a delicious cake
for thirty people, and be upset that she couldn't whip up a proper
butter cream frosting*** while she was at it.
***Butter cream frosting is the finest of all the frostings.