Embroidery as Repair

Since I run in to the problem of “what to do with what I art,” using embroidery as repair is one of my favorite ways to practice this craft.


Embroidery & yarn, what?!

upload_mediumThe Edinburgh Yarn Fest had the coolest swag bags this year. Not that I went. ūüė¶ It’s a bit of a hike from Santa Barbara.


Still, their bags were so cool that they were posted all over on-line! They had a yarn ball done up like an embroidery sampler!

A cool example here from Irene:


& here from Emma:


And my little knock-off version in progress.





Sorry for the delay in updating! I really do try for a once a week update, but life, and well, a new hobby, have gotten in the way. On top of illness around the house, I’ve taken up embroidery for real!

I used some birthday money to purchase myself a kit from Lilipopo¬†and it’s the cutest thing. I’m loving seeing it coming along. It’s very soothing. Although I’ve now hit the french knots and they are taking more work than I expected. But the backstitch is good. I’m focusing on making my stitch lengths a little more even.

I also have been doing a bit more reading. I’ve been coming across a few more really enticing books to review over at YA YA YA. The “Paper Magician,” pictured above, really captivated me for several days.

Slow Fashion October

Fringe Association is hosting Slow Fashion October

.With the notion of “mend and make-do” and repairing your own clothes, I pulled out my darning needle and some embroidery thread to repair some new and growing holes and threadbare spots on my favorite jeans. I also realized I need a small loop for next time.

Thanks to Maggie Chug & Georgie Pug for their modelling skills of my handiwork.

Embroidery, Mr. Robot


Way back in March I reviewed a few books from the library. Specifically, I looked at the Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Embroidery. After thinking about it, checking it¬†out, thinking, needing to reference it, I finally bought it from Amazon.

And usually after I do that the books sit on the shelf untouched. Not this one!


First I referenced it to add an embellishment to the required class project in my 3 week sewing course. Day one was mostly listening plus starting this bag, identical to everyone else’s. My little trio of flowers should help distinguish my finished project. Plus, so cute!


Then, because every knitter feels a compulsion in their DNA to clothe babies, I had to make a baby beanie for a blogging acquaintance. After frogging a baby hat knit on the wrong yarn, I knit up a simple grey beanie. And after searching Pinterest for line drawings, referring to my new favorite book, and pulling out the floss РTa Da! Adorable baby boy gift.