When Sherry, Katie, Carmel and Sarah announced the fall Pinterest challenge last week I thought, “hey, this is the perfect motivation I need to complete my (currently ignored) embroidered pillow!” I have pinned a lot of embroidery ideas of late (I had decided it would be the perfect craft during my four month research stay in Budapest, Hungary, because I knew I’d be going through DIY withdrawal and in need of a craft – you know how much I love a good DIY).
|The Boy Trifecta; Dream a Little Bigger;Angela Osborn; via Inspire Bohemia|
If you recall, I had purchased a pretty pillow case, with a Hungarian pattern already drawn on, and oodles of gorgeous turquoise embroidery floss. I was a little doubtful, but had all the supplies. All that was missing was the actual time to complete the project, something I have been sorely lacking due to my tight research schedule and obvious sight seeing. But when a bad cold knocked me on my butt last week, I thought the timing was meant to be (Pinterest challenge + abandoned embroidery + me too sick to type coherent thoughts for dissertation = surefire success).
So, let’s see the finished project, shall we?
Wait for it . . .
HAHAHAHA. If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry. If only I’d known one small section would take more than seven hours of hand cramping labour, I don’t think the disappointment would have been quite so devastating. At one point, I was just slumped over, embroidery loop hanging limply from my claw-like hand. With my research progressing at a snail’s pace, the cold weather setting in and my wool sock supply barely sufficient (packing for winter when it was 35 degrees Celsius was too tall a task), I think I really needed to knock out this project to feel awesome. Didn’t happen. The hacking cough from my cold set in and then it became too dangerous to wield a needle at all.
But at least I have started (that’s always the hardest part, isn’t it?), and I’m getting better at it! A little. At some point, this will be done, and I’ll have a great little guide on embroidery for people who can’t embroider. From a couple of Hungarian embroidery books I’ve already picked up neat tips about not starting with a knot, but a tail which can be later buried, and where to start embroidering on a dense design. Through trial and error, I’m also learning to not embroider so tightly because it pulls the fabric wonky. I have to relaaaax.
I will keep chipping away at it. And try to fondly remember my last Pinterest Challenge success! Plus my recent Pinterest-inspired agate necklace project, which I’m also linking up. Ahhh, let’s ogle its finishedness:
I’m linking up to these fabulous blogs: