Don't you just love beautiful hand embroidered creations for your home? Or, do you love to give fun gifts that your crafty friends, mom, sister would enjoy making? Perhaps you like to gather together with like minded people, or want to learn a new craft? Is 2013 a special year for someone....a new baby....a wedding....special anniversary?
Over the last couple of months I have been designing a new hand embroidery product. A Calendar! I love Jacobean designs and I love beautiful calendars. I so enjoyed designing this piece and doing all of the embroidery. I really looked forward to just sitting down in my comfy chair...a cup of tea...watching a movie or listening to a book and stitching. It was almost like a "calgon take me away" moment...lol (do you remember that?)
I have designed this calendar so that when the end of 2013 comes to a close the embroidery designs can be repurposed. You could make six different items from the pieces that you have already embroidered! Certain sections can be turned into cuffs, a pillow that you could fill with lavender, the beginning of a wall quilt, a valentine heart brooch....the ideas are endless and I'm sure you will come up with plenty as well.
I have used basic stitches so that no one feels intimidated... back, straight, stem, blanket stitch and, of course, french knots. With the use of many different colors and basic stitches you can make this beautiful calendar. And, if you have questions....
I will also be opening a flickr group so that we can share pictures...ideas....questions. I plan to begin in one area of the calendar in June and each month work together, through the flickr group, so that everyone can get together and have their calendar ready by January 2013. I produced this calendar early so that if you want to give it as a gift the recipient should be able to have it ready as well. Even though I am going to sell kits that will include all of the same embroidery thread, it doesn't mean that you have to use my color scheme. I will also sell just the panels so that you can use the color scheme of your choice. I can absolutely see this done in just black and white....I have some other ideas but I'll share them in the flickr group!
If there is at least 10 participants who finish and post their calendar I'll have a giveaway... some of us need incentives...lol. Visit my Etsy shop to purchase your calendar kit or panel.