I learned embroidery Monday night (3 nights ago) and have already made 3 things. The first, my cat, was done from a photograph. The second and third ones were hand drawn. To make things even better, I found that watching stand-up comedy while working is PERFECT! I usually get too distracted by having to actually WATCH what is on the TV. With stand-up, I can just listen and keep plugging along.
Now, I don’t know who to blame for not teaching me embroidery. My mother? Surely she didn’t think that teaching cooking, hand sewing, machine sewing, cross stitch, and latch hook work was enough for her son! I mean, what was wrong with this woman?! But all the blame doesn’t lie with her. Just 50%. The other 50% lies with my former roommate, Sarah, who used to do embroidery all the time at our house. Sure, she offered once to show me how to do it and I declined, but I can’t see how that is my fault. Clearly BOTH my mother and my friend have joined the ranks of women who have failed me, alongside the likes of that female cop who gave me a ticket for having an expired license plate. I mean, what’s 8 months expired?! I mean, really? Oh, and that woman who sold me a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s in Alabama. I choked on that thing!
I went to the Etsy Labs last night and was taught embroidery! I can’t believe my mother never taught me that. Surely she didn’t really think cross-stitch, latch work, sewing, and cooking were enough to teach her son?!
Anyway, we were being led by Cindy Steiler of marysgranddaughter. It was Custom Pet Portrait night and I brought this picture of Waylon Fluffings.
And this is what I made!
Very happy indeed. Not sure how I’m going to display it. I thought of stitching it onto a throw pillow for our new couch. Or possibly framing it. What is your vote?
It’s been 2 months since I moved to NYC. Brooklyn, to be specific. Within a month, I was able to find a job… a sweet job that was right up my alley. I am a puppeteer at a marionette theatre. Crazy, huh? But this job is perfect for me.
Then there’s the cat. The Girlfriend and I wanted to adopt an adult cat from the pound. We hoped it would be an overweight cat, to boot. We got everything we wanted. May I present: Waylon Fluffings.
Getting his nails done.
As you can see, Waylon Fluffings is one laid back cat.
In my craft world, I have started crocheting lots of the flowers that I had done in NC. I’ve actually got the pattern memorized, I’ve done it so many times. What makes me happiest is that I have been able to modify the pattern to make different versions. This is something I would never have been able to do with knitting. Knitting and My Mind just didn’t seem to want to be friends. Here’s my newest variation. I think I am going to start putting them on headbands, as was imagined by my step-sister.
I am more at peace than I have ever been in my life. Surrounded by love, coffee, books, and yarn.