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Non-cross stitch embroidery

Finally Finished: Hand Embroidered Notecards

In anticipation of holiday-related social calls (read: people coming to our apartment), I’ve been cleaning up around the place. Last night I went through the big bookcase, finding treasures (and plenty of junk). Among the treasures: a tiny dried out gingko leaf, and these embroidered notecards I made back in 2012 or 2013.

four white notecards embroidered with different animals: top left, an adult and a baby elephant; top right: a tortoise; bottom left, a single sloth hanging from a branch; bottom right, a mother sloth hanging from a branch with her baby

I completely forgot that I made these until I found them in a paper bag tucked inside a book. I’d already done the hard part of embroidering through the paper; each card just needed a piece of cardstock glued on the inside to hide the messy backs of the stitches. I took care of that and now they’re ready to go!

Each card is about 4 by 6 inches, typical notecard size. The elephants, tortoise, and single sloth are my own design; the sloth with baby is a free pattern from Wild Olive.

Hooray for cleaning up!

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Finished: Handmaid’s Tale Embroidery Hoop

I took a break from cross stitch to do some regular embroidery and made this tiny (5 inch) hoop with a quotation from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale:

photograph of embroidered hoop on grey fabric with red letters that read "nolite te bastardes carborundorum"

The hoop says “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum,” which is fake-Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” It’s a phrase the features somewhat prominently in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which is one of my favorite books ever. I need to put it on my re-reading list.

The technical specs for this piece:

  • Pattern: self-made in Adobe Illustrator
  • Fabric: Grey printed quilting cotton from Joann Fabrics
  • Thread: 2 strands of DMC 321 (all back stitching)
  • Hoop: 5 inches
  • Time spent: 1 afternoon

I am not actually as thrilled with this piece as I thought I would be. It’s nice, but when I was finished I just thought ‘meh.’ Don’t hate it, don’t love it. Don’t know what to do with it now. I think I’m going to stick with cross stitching.

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