4 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Hand Embroidery

A couple months ago as you may know I started Hand Embroidery. I didn't have really anyone around me who dabbled in it so I decided to research what I needed online and figure out everything as I went along. Other than the materials aspect there are some things I really whish I  knew before I started.

1. Nothing Will Be Perfect

When I first start something and it doesn't end up how I thought it would I always give up because I think that I can't do it. Which doesn't make sense since i'm doing something for the first time. I had to realize that the first couple things I would stitch wouldn't be perfect!

2. Thickness Of Needle To Thread

I didn't realize in the beginning why some of my threads were harder to pull through then others. It's because the size of the needle relates to the size of the thread you are using. Honestly it is insane to me how I didn't realize that but there ya go!

3.  Patterns

Finding patterns are great on etsy but if you can create your own its awesome to see how a simple pattern you created looks on your hoop art.

4. Don't Take It Too Seriously!

Like I said in the beginning nothing will be perfect. I think some imperfections make it quite interesting. I would rather see something with an human imperfection instead of a perfect machine made thing. Enjoy what you are making it's so much fun!

Top 4 Knitting Tutorials for Beginners

For a few weeks I've been OBSESSED with handmade things and the people who make them . I've also wanted to make a change this year to do more things with my hands so I have found my new handmade adventure! Knitting! It was hard to find a lot of places where to start and what to do so here is a beginner giving you a beginners guide on the tutorials I used to start learning how to knit!

For casting on: 

Even though it seems like a complicated tutorial on how to knit a scarf, BUT this was the easiest cast on tutorial that I found. For a beginner it is perfect!

For the Knit Stitch:

This for me was the best tutorial for the knit stitch. I am someone when first learning something I need a tutorial to go quite slow so I found that GoodKnitKisses was the best for that!

For the Purl Stitch:

GoodKnitKisses is also my fave for the Purl Stitch! 

For Casting off:

I'm still having a little trouble casting off but this tutorial was the best I could find which has helped a lot!

Free Embroidery Pattern!

I can't believe that half a month has flown by and we are already nearing february. As I now live in a new town with my boyfriend while also trying to go to school, Valentine's day creeping up is not a good thing. Thankfully we both have a mutual understanding of not getting each other gifts right now and instead trying to make things for each other. This year i decided to make one of my gifts a little early so that maybe you guys would want to make it too!

One of my handmade gifts is this hand embroidered hoop art. The line is quite basic but we have an inside joke about it as it is in one of our favourite shows "The Office". The best thing about hoop art is that it can go anywhere! So while I'm trying to figure out our walls I put it up on our book shelf and actually might keep it there. 

So for anyone else who is stuck this valentines day here is a basic free pattern to make for your significant other. Even though it's pretty generic, you can make it your own like I did and it will be totally special for that someone special! 

Free Pattern

Tips/Instructions included! 

Giveaway & Changes!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a magical holiday season and hopefully a good start to the new year! 2 years ago I posted a New Beginning where I basically stated that I would no longer set resolutions but more of changes that I would want to make in that following year. Even though it sounds quite similar, to me, a new year resolution has always been something I have failed at. Changes for me are less contract-y and more of a insignificant goal. If I achieve it then its great thing I have accomplished but if not I no longer feel so guilty about it. So what are some changes you want to make? 
A change I want to make is to be less on my phone and doing more things with my hands. I have always felt as our hands are our greatest tools so I want to take up more hand requiring crafts. My first craft I started was hand embroidery. Let me just tell you, I have been LOVING it. I have gotten some of my friends into it so now I want to get you into it too! Go onto my instagram  @Claudiamchampagne and check out how you can win your own Hand Embroidery Kit! 

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