embroidered twin firebirds

I’ve been reading craft blogs recently, and got all inspired to give it a go myself. Did you know that people actually doodle with embroidery? Takes some of the fear out of it, calling it doodling. And look at Soulemama’s hoops – a far cry from the old lady embroidery I’d seen before.

Jessica sleeping with the doona cover I made

I liked the peacocks that Lotta Jansdotter showed a photo of on her blog (no permalinks, entry for May 7), so I traced it onto fabric and started stitching, helped along the away by Purl Bee’s tutorial that usefully reminded me how simple embroidery stitches really are. It didn’t take long to finish the birds in scraps of time – sitting next to Jessica’s bed to pat her tummy when she needed me, falling asleep, or sitting on the couch watching her play on the floor. It was Mum who realised that my red-feathered peacocks must be firebirds, not peacocks. So much more interesting, don’t you think? Then it sat for weeks, untouched, until the other night when I stayed up late to stitch it all together into a doona cover for Jessie’s baby doona. And I love it! Now what more might I embroider?

25. June 2008 by Jill
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