Stitching Outside the Box: 1st try at freestyle

Thanks to the wonders of the internet and all the beautiful embroidery on Pinterest, Etsy, etc., I’ve been itching to try freestyle hand embroidery for some time.  While I’ve cross-stitched since I was a child, I’ve never tried any other type of embroidery, and the idea of being able to stitch more free-form really appeals to me.  So I snagged a discount copy of “The Stitch Bible” by Kate Haxell at an after Christmas sale in January and started searching around for my first pattern to try.

While I love the idea of creating an original piece (as in, drawing a pattern, tracing it, choosing colors, etc.), I decided that for my first time out I wanted to try something a bit easier.  After drooling over patterns on Etsy for several days, I settled on a design by a lovely shop called Clementine Patterns and purchased an easy sampler called “Bless the Lord.”  Their patterns come already printed on a piece of cotton fabric (saving me a step for my first project), along with a guide which suggests what stitches you might use and some possible colors.  It all comes in a lovely little package with a color print of the model.

My first step was to choose colors.  I stuck fairly close to their model, but my colors tend more to jewel tones.  Here they are:

My colors for "Bless the Lord"

My colors for “Bless the Lord”

So far, I’ve really enjoyed myself.  It takes a bit more concentration that cross stitch in order to keep the stitches even, so I’m doing it in small doses.  Here’s what I have so far.



I also purchased a more difficult sampler at the same time.  If I make it through both of those, I’ll feel ready to take on a more complex project.  🙂


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