Monday, November 29, 2010

slow work

Confession: I secretly love embroidery.  There is something so satisfying in slow, intentional work like this.  So much of the production sewing I've been doing lately is about speed and efficiency that I relish any opportunity to step away from my machine and just concentrate on one stitch at a time.

I made these booties for Elvie, and gave them to Jessica as a surprise.  She said her heart beat fast when she saw them, or something like that, which I think is a good review.  They are entirely hand-sewn from Simplicity 2867, which was originally released in 1948.

This was my first experience embroidering wool felt and I am absolutely in love.  It's perfect!  It isn't squirrely like a woven fabric so you don't have to hoop it, and the needle just glides through.  Perhaps coincidentally, or perhaps due to some magical property of wool of which I'm unaware, the embroidery floss tangled seldom if ever.  Either way, I love embroidering on wool felt.  LOVE.

Elvie was kind enough to model for me, and I think the shoes compliment her style quite nicely.  

The free-form nature of the embroidery was inspired in part by Love Maude.  When I first saw her work, I got chills!  As recommended in the pattern, I crocheted the little laces from embroidery floss... you know, so Elvie has something to untie, and so her parents have something to retie.  Okay, one more cute baby photo:

What's your favorite 'slow' project?  Do you find your sewing or craft focus shifts as the weather grows colder?  I notice myself favoring projects that can be executed under a blanket or two.  Do you switch to knitting or crocheting, or are you tied to your machine no matter the season?


  1. Those are really gorgeous!! I only do fiber crafts in the cold months. I've been meaning to knit or crochet a pair of fingerless gloves.

  2. Thanks, Felicity! I am learning to crochet and hope to really get into it this winter. It's so much warmer than sitting at a sewing machine!