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