A few months back, I picked up a cool kit at my friendly local needlecraft shop:
It took a little courage to grab it. I mean, for goddess’s sake, it’s got “buttons & beads” right there on the cover, bigger than everything except for the image of the stitching. That’s a hell of a warning label. Surgeon General’s Warning: Buttons & Beads May Cause a Complete Meltdown of the Social Order.
After the Disney project I took part in with my Sprite Stitch buddies (and which I’ll detail in the next post), I decided I had plenty to learn about beads, but nothing to fear from them. We like owls in our family, so this new vogue of owl-everything suits us fine; this kit seemed more interesting to me than a lot of other owl-themed items, though, because it goes for semi-realism rather than kitschy country owls. Kitsch has its time and place, but having just finished the excellent Where There Are Bees, I was ready to move in another direction.
This is the first time I’ve attempted to make a project card to hold floss. It looks pretty terrible. 😛 Happily, Mill Hill uses DMC and included the codes for each color. If I somehow run out, I’ve already got extras on hand for everything thanks to my complete DMC collection.
This is my first time working with perforated paper. It’s a bear to handle. This project clarifies how much I rely on the pliability of fabric to keep my stitches pretty. Even perforated plastic is easier to handle than this. My stitches look like I was in a bar fight when I did them. I’m trying not to beat myself up about it. This was supposed to be a learning piece, after all. I’d still like it to look nice, though, so maybe I’ll do some research about handling perforated paper.