August Project of the Month – Embroidery, Knitting, Cross Stitch

For some curious reason this month has rekindled my desire to revisit some old crafting methods. I guess it started with seeing all the cute embroidery hoop art on Instagram and wanting to give it a try.

I started by ordering a kit on Etsy from SarahKBenning@etsy.com and making these cacti.  I highly recommend her kit. The instructions were just what I needed to refresh my memory and they were super easy to follow.

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Then I tried a couple on my own.

My last attempt was a pumpkin for a Halloween card.

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About that time I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on cross stitch cards. I ordered the die from Paper Smooches and when it arrived I CASed her rainbow card and did another pumpkin card.

I will definitely try more of the cross stitch cards but with the random color blocking and no designs. I think they are so much more effective and easier to do.

Lastly I got on a knitting kick. My mother has been making hats and mittens for generations of our family. She also donates dozens to different agencies around the country. So I have joined in. I’m not happy with my mittens and will have to wait to get together with her one on one for some lessons. But the hats are off and running.

Here is my first set.

Obviously I am a novice at all of these crafts and probably will never do another embroidery project. But how do you know what you like and what you’re good at until you try?

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