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Thursday, 21 January 2010
One of my "Before 30" goals is to learn embroidery. Although I used to do some cross-stitch (really easy kits!) as a child, I haven't done "proper" embroidery and I haven't done any needlework since my eyesight got worse.
If you want to be inspired by what's possible, go and check out Elizabeth Braun's beautiful work over at Sew In Love. Elizabeth is also a seriously lovely person who has had no end of patience for my newbie questions. She encouraged me to practise on smaller things, and on fabric I didn't care about, before starting a big project.
So a few days ago I went and bought myself a small embroidery hoop, dug out some scraps of fabric, and threaded a needle. The fabric had some flowers printed on, and I thought it might be fun to trace around one of them with stitches.
I finished up and showed it to my husband.
"That's that, then," he said. "You've learnt embroidery. Next?"
He was joking, of course, but it made me realise that I hadn't really defined that goal very well. Most of my other goals are measurable, specific things - despite being designed to encourage me to spend time on the things I enjoy doing. How will I know when I've "done" this? I'm only sure that I'm not there yet.