I started a new embroidery project because I wanted to have something to do with my hands during the evenings when I'm hanging out with my honeybunny, and we're watching movies or otherwise loafing. Also, I really enjoy doing embroidery, for me it's not at all one of those means-to-an-end things (like knitting). It's more like, "Hmm, I really want to embroider something, I wonder what I can do with it when I'm done?" (Except words and numbers - they make me feel so confined!)
I saw this book
at a bookstore the other day, and I was really struck by the cover image. I loved the plaid background, the stylized flowers, and the smooth, outlined stems of the pillow on the left. If I remember right, they are both done in crewel and since I've been itching to use some nice woolen threads for embroidery for a while, I finally ordered some of the yummy wool threads from hedghog handworks
and got a piece of plaid linen from Treadle Yard Goods and started.
Here's about 2 evenings of work and my color palette. I'm doing the whole thing in chain stitch, except some of the flower parts, which will be in satin stitch. The light green is kind of hard to see in the photo, it shows up better in real life and also, I'm going to outline it with the dark green. I'm using the book cover image as my inspiriation but I'm not copying it exactly.
I think I'm going to order a few more colors, one of the 'orange' tones looks a lot more peachy to me, and I want more of a warm red-orange range for most of the flower parts, to contrast against the blue plaid. I guess this is going to be a couch pillow when it's done, even though I feel kind of lame embroidering a pillow (when I could be doing pockets or another garment piece). I think my somewhat drab living room could use it, though!