What are you most proud of? I looked through the old tin of vintage buttons collected now for a gazillion years and selected 3. Then I cut a 12 x 12 piece of muslin, and with a pencil lightly scribbled the words and outlined the buttons--eventually adding a few lines here and there for the fish bodies. I put the cotton muslin fabric in a spring hoop, and used very basic stitches to illustrate the light pencil drawing with different colors of embroidery floss. Tip: Keep stitches a bit wonky. Don't strive for perfection. Making it all wonky seems to make it all wright. Ha. Ha. See there, you can even add misspelled words to add interest. After the embroidery is done, I cut away the extra muslin fabric to fit the mat and frame. I used a pressing cloth and spray starch to give it extra body--more suitable for framing. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The Day after Thanksgiving each year I host a craft day for a group of little girls--while their Moms and Grandmas do Christmas shopping. The girls range from ages 8 to 12. They arrive at 6:00a and are there a full 12 hours. It is like running a marathon, but is so much fun. Promptly at 5:00p we stop crafting and they wrap all the gifts they made. While I clean up the crafts, I listen to them while they are wrapping and discussing who they are going to give their gifts to. The day is always Priceless. One of their favorite crafts is making these little embroidery art pieces. And I tell you--they come up with some of the funniest sayings. I've been doing this craft day with little girls for 8 years now.
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