Wednesday has arrived, which means it's time to join Kat and others for Unraveled Wednesday. This week I have no knitting to show, though of course, knitting is occurring. Nope, today I am going to show you a different use of a different needle that I learned in a class this past weekend.
As I've mentioned before, this year I didn't make it Maryland Sheep and Wool, and I would have enjoyed it I'm sure, but since I knew for awhile it wasn't gonna happen, I wasn't too sad about it. Then I saw that the Butcher's Sew Shop was offering a class in Beginner Embroidery on the same Saturday that everyone else would be taking the bus to Maryland. Since I had a credit voucher from a class I had to cancel out of, I decided to sign up. I know basic needlepoint, and can do counted cross-stitch, but I've always wanted to learn embroidery. I figured there was no time like the present, and especially since the class was being offered at the location near to our house, I signed myself up.
There were about 15 people, none of us with any experience, which meant we were all in the same boat, as far as knowing how it all worked. The instructor was really great, and incredibly patient. The class was from 1-4 in the afternoon, and it was timed perfectly. We all had a chance to learn the stitches she wanted to cover, and get a little bit of practice with them. We learned back stitch, chain stitch, fern stitch, lazy daisy, cross stitch, satin stitch, branch stitch, French knots, queen stitch, and spider stitch. My efforts are below. It was fun, and just challenging enough for my brain and hands, and I'm so glad I attended.
The only down side was not any fault of mine really, but you can see the fabric has some dark areas on the upper right. Well, we all had the same project, and she had printed the image using an inkjet printer, on something called Sticky Solvy, which dissolves in water once you have embroidered the image. As a result, as we were working, we all ended up with ink in our fingernails and on our hands! But that's not really a huge problem as far as I'm concerned, only that the first time I noticed my fingernails I thought, "Wait - I washed my hands today!"
As far as my reading goes, I'm planning to start this book today during my lunch hour at work.
I've been intrigued since I first read a review of it, and have seen it mentioned favorably on a couple of podcasts. My name finally rose to the top of the hold list at the library, so I am really looking forward to seeing for myself how good it is or is not.
And that's what's going on with me. What kind of good stuff is going on with you???