I think summer is the ideal time to begin new hand-stitching projects. It’s too beautiful outside to be sitting at the sewing machine all day. Instead it’s time to sit on the porch, or in the grass, and soak up the sun. If you’re like me, though, you also need something creative to work on in order to be truly happy.
That’s where hand-stitching projects come in. Portable projects you can put into a bag and take with you wherever you go are the perfect little boost of creativity while you’re out enjoying the season.
The summer has just begun, but I’ve already got two hand-stitching projects going. I thought I’d share them with you, and maybe you can recommend some that you’re working on. Because I’m gonna need more, you know.
First up, is this little bird. You’ll recognize him, I’ll bet. He’s an Ann Wood signature bird. Ann told me in the podcast interview which aired on Monday that she’s made thousands of these “odd little birds” (that’s how she refers to them) and now, for the first time, we can make them, too. Ann’s beginning to release PDF patterns and the bird is her first.
There’s a tiny bit of machine stitching – just one seam – but the rest is all done by hand. You can easily stitch that seam while you’re cutting and prepping the fabric, then take the rest outside for hand-stitching fun. This guy was a joy to make.
And my other project is this Dropcloth embroidery sampler by Rebecca Rinquist. I ordered it the other day and started stitching as soon as it arrived. Rebecca sends you a pre-printed rectangle with the most lovely sampler drawn on it. Rebecca has a Creative Bug class on this very sampler where she demonstrates each stitch. So good. I’m excited to learn some new-to-me stitches while I work on this.
As a treat to myself, I got some Sublime Stitching floss to use, too. I heard an interview recently with Jenny Hart in which she described embroidery as “frosting a drawing.” Isn’t that perfect? It’s great to order things from really expert indie businesses from time to time because you get to see how they fashion the customer experience. I love this post-it note that came on with my Sublime Stitching order.
So that’s my menu of summer hand-work. I know there are other really good projects that would be perfect for porch sitting. Got one to recommend? What are you going to be working on this summer?