Crafts


I’ve been enjoying embroidery so much I’ve decided to launch a website dedicated to just that. If you enjoyed my craft posts here, you’ll probably enjoy the new blog. And I promise, no diet or crossfit posts on the new site!

Follow my embroidery at: bklynembroidery.com

Paul says this is my best work yet. I was thinking it was sort of boring as I only did the basic back stitch. But I did manage to keep my stitches a consistent width, especially around the race car. I think it’s time to start expanding my stitch vocabulary. The perfect way to do this would be with a stitching group that could give me advice about what to use and when and how to mix it up to make the piece more interesting. Give me a shout if you know of such a group, online or in they NYC area.

Race car and flame patterns from Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart.

For a boy, I was inspired by the alien in spaceship pattern by Jenny Hart in my Sublime Stitching book. I thought a little rocket on the side would be a cute addition too. Black makes the thread stand out really nice, but is very hard to work with. Getting the pattern from the iron on (black ink) onto the shirt was a challenge. The thing that ended up working best was the white transfer paper I bought from Sublime Stitching. I do worry that tracing the iron-on patterns may have ruined them for future ironing though. Only time will tell. I also used the t-shirt stabilizer from Sublime Stitching. I think this helped, but tearing it off at the end was very nerve-wracking. I ended up leaving some of it on the shirt because I didn’t want to hurt my stitches. I figure it will fall off on its own over time.


I just completed my first “real” embroidery project. An apron for my niece’s 7th birthday. I chose the butterfly pattern from my Sublime Stitching book by Jenny Hart because of all the cool colors it enabled me to use. I’m really pleased with how the butterfly turned out. However, I had wanted to do her name above the butterfly, but I just couldn’t get the pattern letters to iron on and couldn’t draw them on centered myself, so I went with the flowers instead. I like how the 2 color petals turned out in the flowers, I just made that up as I was doing it.



I decided that I wanted to start some kind of hand stitching/sewing hobby.  Something to keep my hands busy, that wasn’t knitting, and didn’t take up too much space in the apartment.  Oh, and something that might actually be useful for gifts or decorating.  I looked around and found needlepoint, but I was shocked at the price of the patterns, some cost more than $100.  Cross Stitch seemed like something I might enjoy, but would take a lot of focus, and I just wanted something more mindless.  Finally I came across Jenny Hart’s book Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To.  In 5 simple chapters she explains all you need to get started doing simple embroidery.  The rest of the book provides hundreds of iron on patterns designed by Hart for use in your projects.  I decided to kick things off with the “Stitch Lesson” pattern which provides the opportunity to try each of the 15 stitch types that are taught in the book.  Considering this was my first ever embroidery and I learned everything I know from a book, I think it turned out pretty well.

The ironed on pattern

The ironed on pattern

The final result

The final result