Lately I have had the incredible urge to sew things. Seeing as how I still haven't acquired a sewing machine, I am left with the old-fashioned hand method which can be fun, but very tedious. A few weeks ago, I picked up this little gem, The Cute Book, by Aranzi Aronzo and Anne Ishii, at my local Barnes & Noble store. All you need is a few pieces of felt and a needle & thread and you're off!
My first project was a little squirrel from felt! All the patterns are included in the book. After my first project, I think I might do things a little differently. First, I might increase the size of the pattern by enlarging by 20% when copying the pattern. Until I get the hang of it, it would help to work a tad bit larger.
Here are two other books I've found on amazon that I am now longing for :
Doodle Stitching by Aimee Rae. I love embroidery! Even though I haven't been able to set the time aside to really get "into it", this stuff is GREAT! I'm really loving the idea of turning doodles into embroidered designs. I would love to have this book, but even without the book the cover is inspiring!
This little book, Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals by Therese Laskey , looks like a lot of fun! The projects seem to be a more complicated version of "The Cute Book" paired with a little bit of decorative embroidery for fun. I love the little tree on the cover! Check out this book on amazon.com and you'll find the "search inside" feature helpful—It shows a few other projects from the book.
I hope all this needle & thread talk has inspired you to greatness! Until next time...