Hot Tea and Embroidery

It’s been nearly one week since I stepped foot off of my front porch. That event happened last Friday morning, as I hobbled down the steps and to the passenger seat of the car to be escorted by my lovely husband to none other than the urgent care center. I was truly miserable. I cringe to think of the character I’d be if I were born in an earlier century than this– unfortunately it would be the wide-eyed one who is constantly falling victim to fainting spells (from the heat, of course) and who is often referred to as ailing or indisposed. Lucky for me, I was not born in the 1800’s and the advances of modern medicine have truly been a blessing in my life.

Being on bed rest this week has allowed me to practice my crocheting (which I am absolutely dreadful at) and also to practice my embroidery stitches using the set that Julee sent to me this Christmas. I finished this tea towel which I used this morning. (While I drank my favorite tea from my favorite tea cup and daydreamed about all of the wonderful embroidered things I could make for our home!)  I’ve read snippets about printing out designs from the computer on wax paper and then using an iron to transfer the pattern– does anyone know if this actually works?

P.S. I must absolutely give a shout out to Kirsty for her video tutorial on making French knots. I can’t tell you how many times I have attempted these in the past and failed.


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    Maranda said,

    Very lovely:) Feel better soon.

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    Ruth said,

    I don’t know if that works, but I would be worried about getting the printer ink off of my fabric. I would hate to do all the work of embroidering and then find out that the marks won’t come off.

    I usually print out the design and then trace it using one of those blue markers that come off with cold water. That works as long as the fabric is light enough, even medium-dark fabrics are easy to trace if you put the design on a window or something for tracing so that it is backlit. I did find a red fabric once for which the blue marker was not removable, so give it a little check before you start.

    You can also use embroidery tracing paper if your fabric is very dark or black, but be warned! That tends to rub off over time so it is best if you do a small design and don’t carry the stuff around too much while you are working on it. I had a really bad experience with embroidering a half-rubbed off butterfly design on blue canvas. I spent most of my time squinting at it, trying to see where the lines had been.

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    Hi Kiki! I love your embroidery! And blue, my favorite color! I hope you’re up and around better soon!

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    Rebekah said,

    Love this embroidery! I’m a big tea drinker and need to make one of these for my kitchen 🙂

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