Saturday, January 4, 2014

Embroidery -- one of my favorite homemaking crafts

After cooking one of my favorite chicken dinners, cleaning, and my other housework for the day, I sat down to work on my favorite hobby ...

If you are as into homemaking as I am, you might also have some arts and crafts interests -- mine is crewel embroidery. I have not been doing this long, but I love it. So I decided to try a simple kit to relax with -- one great for any woman trying to break into a new embroidery hobby.

This is the kit I worked on:

Easy Embroidery Kit

Crewel embroidery is a type of needlework in which you fill in all parts of an embroidery design entirely with stitches. The picture above is the pre-stamped design I am working on, using the two simplest stitches in embroidery -- the satin stitch and the back stitch, to make a butterfly.

I told myself if I completed this embroidery project in a week, I'd treat myself to a fancy apron.

Housewife Hobby: Embroidery

Although this is my favorite hobby, I still require discipline considering how life has plenty of distractions. So, above is a full view of the stamped design. I am almost done the butterfly. I simply have to fill in the spaces between the yellow and blue parts on the wings.

I have to get better at making my stitches all go in the right direction, and making them more uniform, but it is all a labor of love. My husband and I are working on a project to eventually re-upholster our wooden chairs with my embroidered designs.

Crewel Embroidery: My Butterfly

My favorite part of the embroidery is showing it off to my husband -- "Honey, honey -- look what I did!" and then seeing him smile and hearing him say, "Good job!" 

Do you have any hobbies you especially enjoy?


Anonymous said...

Oh this looks nice! Love the butterfly. I am a housewife too with no plans to have kids. I stumbled upon your blog and will be checking for your updates. I can relate to you. I haven't tried embroidery but I hand sew and crochet when I have a lot of time on my hands. You are making me want to try embroidery

Quaint Housewife said...

Thanks for the compliment! I tried crocheting. I wish I were better at it, but that is one skill I haven't mastered. What kinds of things do you crochet?

Teri Waldron said...

My favorite thing is create personal kitchen towels with needlepoint.

Quaint Housewife said...

I need to try that. What kind of designs do you make? By the way, I forgot to thank you for saying you love my blog on the other post. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Nice work. I like embroidering designs on fabric I turn into potholders.

Catherine said...

Thanks! Another idea I could use.

The Happy Mrs. said...

I really hope you get to finish this. I have the same kit and just finished it myself.
Good luck!

The Quaint Housewife said...

Luck needed. Thank you, Happy Mrs.

The Happy Mrs. said...

Just wondering if you've made anymore progress on this :) Hope all is well with you. Take care.

The Quaint Housewife said...

Mrs. Cynthia,

Unfortunately at this point I have no idea where I put it. I have moved on for now to trying to a tidy up a messy room in my house.