Adventures in Embroidery

I’ve been battling a headache for the last couple of days, so wanted to do something creative while lounging on the couch. I’ve dabbled in embroidery and cross-stitching before, and with Halloween coming up, I wanted to combine the two and make some festive décor. Once I knew what I wanted to do, the rest was pretty easy. This tutorial from Urban Threads was really helpful to get back into the swing of things and remind me of basic stitches. After I traced on my design so that I could stay on track, I used the back-stitch and just went to town.

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DIY Stamped Dish Towel

I don’t know why I never realized this before, but wine has more benefits beyond just drinking it. Well, the cork does at least! If you’re anything like me, having a nice glass of red wine after a long day at work is the best way to unwind and relax. In doing just that last night, it came to me that the cork I had just popped would make an awesome stamp for polka-dotting, and hey, it’s basically free! So I decided to put it to use and decorate some more dish towels!

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Wooden Spoon and Dish Towel DIY

I recently bought myself a wood burning tool to try my hand at the skill. I also quickly found out that it’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be! This is definitely a technique that I’ll have to practice over and over again in order to perfect. But in the mean time, I enjoyed playing around with the various burning tips in order to get a feel for how the tool works. I highly recommend trying this on something you don’t care about the first couple of rounds as there’s a good chance you will make a giant, burnt mess at first. I decided to do my testing on some wooden spoons that I had ordered and I’m fairly happy with the outcome! Since I had to wait for my tool to cool down before changing tips each time, I decided to test out some screen print paint I hadn’t used yet as well. This way I was able to craft in between crafts! Efficiency!

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