There are a wide range of stitches used in embroidery and I learnt only a handful of them! I could already do running stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch (an impressive range I know?!) but by the end of the lesson I could do the gorgeous sheaf and fly stitches as well as a french knot! Now hand embroidery is something that I haven't really attempted before. I am a fan of speed, being very impatient, and so favour sewing by machine rather than hand but there was something so relaxing and calming about sitting with my embroidery hoop, like a Tudor lady, experimenting with the various stitches. I have to say, I quite enjoyed myself!
I also learnt about cross stitch and how the same stitch has to go at the back each time. I had a go at this as a child with very little success but am pleased to say that I cross stitched, for what seemed like an eternity, my very small heart and ABC!
|Not to scale! (It is much smaller in real life!)|
As for me? Hand embroidery is a craft I will be using as and when I need. I am, however, desperate to try my hand at machine embroidery.