Sunday, April 11, 2010

First Redwork Attempt

I can't believe I'm showing this because it's awful.



I was sitting here about to do it over, but I think not now. This will be my learning quilt for embroidery, like Botanika was for applique. I'm sure there will be better stitches as I go along. I just need to learn how to start that first stitch and how to turn corners. Two stinking hours. ROFLOL

Ewww.......

23 comments:

Colleen said...

Lol, it is slow going, but yours turned out cute. Don't be so hard on yourself!

Cara said...

It's not bad! It's cute.

Darlene said...

OMG, it's darling, Vicky! Please, please just relax and enjoy this new chapter in your quilting journey.

(HUGS)

mascanlon said...

Really a great first project, redwork is like most things, the more you do the better it gets.

Vickie E said...

it looks perfectly fine to me and sometimes we are our own worse critic...

call me crazy said...

Looks great from here to!~ especially for a first attempt! Have fun! :-)

dianne said...

i think your embroidery work is lovely - i have to relearn every time i pick up the needle, so you're way ahead of me!

SheilaC said...

Don't be too hard on yourself, I think it looks good!! We are always so critical of our own work....

Don't give up!

SheilaC


"My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet."
~Mahatma Gandhi

Caryl W said...

Vicky...I like it and it looks good to me. One of these days I want to do some redwork too...it looks like fun. :)
Caryl W in San Diego

Sharon said...

Looks good, it took me a few projects to figure out my rhythm with stitching, just relax and enjoy the journey, you gotta start somewhere.

Frou (Vikki) said...

Why is it awful? Looks perfectly fine in the photo.

A trick I learned to be able to control my stitches, particularly where I wanted them and evenness was to stitch in two motions - always in a hoop - one hand on top, one underneath, and go up and down, rather than trying to do the whole stitch in one motion. Has made a huge difference to the quality of my work, as well as practice, practice, practice. If you look at my blog, you'll see I've been bitten badly by the stitching bug!

Nancy said...

It looks great in the photo!!

There are some great videos here...

http://www.needlenthread.com/2006/10/video-library-of-hand-embroidery.html

jaybird said...

oh stop being so hard on yourself!! it looks adorable!

Heather said...

The beauty in it is that you made it by hand. I agree with the up-down comment. Don't do it all at once. I could never get the hang of the hoop but just try it lots of ways. You will find a rhythm. Also, try crosstitch as well. It will give you the hang of how it feels to make even stitches within a grid. Blackbird designs are stunning.

Quilted Quickies said...

qHey there...just wanted to stop by and say "HI". I was super busy with shows, then got sick, and then had to finish up taxes. Now that things have slowed down...maybe I can get back to blogging.

I love your stitchery block...it's so cute!! If this was your 1st attempt...WOW!! You could have fooled me.

Hope Miss Penny is doing well...kisses to her from Gidget and me.

Mimi said...

It's not that bad! Keep going and I think you will love it.

Jenni said...

We all start somewhere, and I think it looks great. I have been sewing on a sashiko panel and have been looking at my stitches and thinking that even when every stitch is printed on the fabric, my stitches are uneven. Hopefully we'll get there!

Debbie said...

It IS cute! Make it into a tiny little pillow, tea stain it (if you're into that), put a ribbon hanger on it and hang it on a doorknob or peg rack! What an adorable little spring statement!

Kim said...

I applaud your idea of making practice blocks. Our embroidery teacher encourages us to have a separate piece just for practicing lines of stitches, but I always figure why waste the time when I could practice them just as easily on something PRODUCTIVE?! So what if it's not perfect? Hey, I LIKE folk arty stuff! LOL! Keep it up! (And at least floss doesn't take as much storage space as fabric!)

Thelma said...

Congratulations on starting and finishing. My first attempt was not as successful, I stitched then unstitched one branch 3 times, quit, and gave the pattern away on my blog!

I think your block is lovely.

little acorns said...

I think it's abosolutely beautious!

Laura said...

I think it looks nice :-). Thanks for sharing your progress.

I also wanted to let you know that I passed along the Sunshine Blogger Award to you today. Details are in my blog post.

tarabu said...

Obviously, I don't embroider, because I think it's sweet, adorable, and all those fine words for a simple thing that makes me smile.