Wednesday WIP: Learning to Embroider

I keep seeing all these wonderful cute little handmade things on blogs hosted by super creative women. Pretty by Hand, Nana Company, Lovely Little Handmades, A Little Sweetness and Heather’s post on the Hen House….just to name a few.

However, they’re not keeping their tips to themselves. All of them are know to have tutorials on their remarkable talents from time to time. And Tasha Noel Horsley from A Little Sweetness hosted this tutorial and I after seeing it, I just KNEW I could do it. :)


She makes it look so simple.

So I found this sweet little pattern online (posted it in my pinterest page too!)


And then last week Casey Herringshaw gave a challenge (Okay, a Pinterest WAR CALL) to her blog readers to post a project they had done from something they’d seen on Pinterest. This is mine. A big shout out to Casey!! :)

I gave it a whirl.

Here’s my first attempt at Embroidery. :)

Sheri Salatin | Embroidery

I have not decided how I want to finish this out yet, but thinking about making it into either a mug rug or a small pillow. Perhaps even a pin cushion, but I don’t know if I could let myself put holes into it. Hmm…it’s a dilemma.


What do you think?


So now to report on the actual process of embroidery.

Tasha Noel was right. It it easy. I was surprised at HOW EASY. Now I’m wondering why I’ve never tried this before. I think it probably helped that many moons ago, I used to cross-stitch, but this is pretty much the same thing, just no holes to guide you. I did trace a pattern onto the cloth, so that helped to.

What I would really like to do is use this skill to label my quilts. I’ve never done that and the more I get into making quilts, the more I realize that I really should be labeling them.

So help me out, my dear friends. What shall I do with this?

A Mug Rug?

Source: viaSheri on Pinterest

A Pillow?

Source: viaSheri on Pinterest

Or a *much needed* pin cushion?

Source: viaSheri on Pinterest

Some other really fantastic idea that I haven’t mentioned?

P.S. Please come back Friday… I finished Lauryn’s quilt and I can’t wait to show it to you! :)

Happy Wednesday!!



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19 Responses to Wednesday WIP: Learning to Embroider

  1. I love it! Great job. I like the mug rug. In fact, I need a mug rug. :)

  2. Cindy C. says:

    Agree…like the mug rug.

  3. Sarah G. says:

    It’s so cute, Sheri! I love it!

    I would say the pin cushion, just because I would be afraid it would get stained as a mug rug.

  4. redeemedsheep says:

    You did a great job!! I would make a pin cushion. =)

    I was missing your posts because your blog wasn’t added to my reader. Got that fixed up now. =)

  5. Kristen says:

    Do a mug rug so your can set your pretty teacup on it. Plus, you’ve had a mug rug in mind for some time now and this is the perfect opportunity!

  6. bettimace says:

    Hi Sheri. I think you did a great job! I rather think I would make the “much needed” pin cushion as I would be afraid to stain it with my coffee cup…lol However, a little pillow is also a great idea.

  7. Annie says:

    Hmmm, I guess I’ll be the only one to say “pin-cushion”. And here’s why: Even though this is a fabulous first attempt, you know you will get better as you continue (so the ‘holes’ won’t bother you as much) and it’s always helped me to see a visual reminder of where I started when I’m frustrated by a more complicated project.

    However, it would make a darling mug rug or pillow as well!

  8. Rachel E. says:

    Oh, I think a mug rug would be perfect. It turned out really cute. Good job.

  9. Sarah says:

    Oh, it’s so cute!! I like the mug rug idea.

    My mom labeled her quilts. I always loved turning over the top corner to see her little embroidered note on the bottom. It gave it that extra special touch. She also embroidered the date she finished the quilt.

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