When James initially told me we were moving to Colorado Springs next I was excited- but really had no idea how much I would love the mountains until we were here. After living (literally) in the middle of nowhere in Missouri, we feel spoiled to be surrounded by so many amazing things to do. Between the Garden of the Gods, the Broadmoor, the zoo, tons of amazing restaurants and lots and lots of hiking, we are never bored. We may never want to leave Colorado!
If you’ve been reading along for a while you may know that growing up my family and I were lucky enough to live overseas in London for seven years. I was eight years old when we moved and I remember it feeling like such a great adventure. Because we didn’t know how long we would be over there for exactly, my parents took every opportunity to make sure we saw the sights. We went to British schools and spent our weekends exploring the city.
I know it probably sounds cliché, but the best way to learn new stitches is just to try them out. When I was beginning to play around with decorative stitches, I would try a bunch out in the selvage around the canvas before jumping in and stitching right on the design itself.
By far one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever stitched is this Raymond Crawford Mr and Mrs Bell. Of course I wanted to stitch something special to commemorate our wedding- but this canvas turned out so much better than I ever could have imagined. I know it is a family heirloom that we will treasure for years to come.
Do you love using decorative stitches but are unsure how to pick your own stitches without a stitch guide? When I’m teaching, I find that this is one of the areas that needlepointers struggle with the most, especially, how to pick a background stitch.