Additional Craft Information:
In the ancient Venetian-built port of Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, embroidery is a cottage industry for a very large percentage of the feminine population. Every other shop either sells gorgeous finished cloths of all descriptions or the supplies to create them. This ancient art form is done in the old way by hand, but is also quite well received in the machine embroidery version. There is no right or wrong way. There is only embroidery.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Gypsy women make their way through the tables at my favorite cafe, plying their wares and selling quite a bit. Much more than most table-to-table vendors do. Their beautiful tablecloths and bedspreads get a good audience, including my own attention as well. While the owner of this little cafe usually runs the begging urchins away (they aren't really in need), even he gets caught up in the moment of admiring the woman's beautiful work. Most of the viewers believe she creates them by hand. As a machine embroiderer and digitizer, I can spot that her loveliness is created by machine. Does it matter? Not in the least!
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
When I see the beautiful creations all around me in this small, but hopping, big city, I almost long for the opportunity to purchase these for my own. Instead, I am busily tucking the visual memories away in my head to bring home with me. What I once longed for, I can now truly create myself in the private setting of my little sewing room. With all of the online suppliers of wonderful machine embroidery designs, I can re-create almost anything that I see downtown. The visual pictures in my head inspire and guide me!
If you don't live in an area that is rich in hand-crafts like Chania, there are still many, many ways to get ideas and become inspired. Magazines, online forums and websites, and the local library are chock-full of delightful information. Discount embroidery designs are widely available, which makes it economical to build your design library! And, with the online community, help is only an email away!
I was a lost little lamb when I got my first embroidery machine. I had never even seen one in action! Once I got started, though, I was hooked! The free embroidery designs I found online made it possible for me to try a wide variety of designs and styles, which fed my new passion quite well!
Do you have an inspiration that you want to try? My upcoming project is to create an embroidered quilt and matching curtains for my current guest room. I will also be creating new slipcovers for the pillows on my couch. When I want to do a bit of embroidery but don't have a lot of time, I will continue to add a design to the hem of a cute denim skirt that I made.
Maybe my denim finery will get some attentions from embroidery lovers on one of my jaunts in Chania! There is something so satisfying about showing off my creations, and if I can get a good cup of cappuccino at the same time, it is a perfect day!