Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal (mendel) wrote,
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My Christmas embroidery project: help!

Short version: If you know anything about embroidery, I need your help!

You're seeing this because you're in my custom friends group that does not include nyxie, because this is about her Christmas present.

So a couple of days ago I came up with a great idea for a present for nyxie, but it means that I have to learn a NEW SKILL and finish a project in it in 25 days, and I'm hoping you guys have some advice for me in that manner.

So the han (wooden gong) at the Zen Centre looks like so:

nyxie has mentioned that she'd like to have that verse on the wall by our door.

At the One of a Kind craft/art show last weekend, I found these guys who do "primitive stitchery", something like this:

and I thought that would be an awesome medium for that verse, in a nice barnboard or rough wood frame. And then I realized: hey, I can probably do that myself! But I don't know if I can do that myself in 25 days.

So I already know a bit about sewing, and specifically I know how to do running and back stitches which I think is all that I need, but I've never done embroidery. I found this Instructable and this howto which are promising and which make me think I can indeed do this. I still need to find a place here to get a hoop and needles and floss and fabric, but I can probably figure that out.

I should be able to find time to work on it by going into work early/staying late (since I can't exactly have the stuff lying around at home). I usually go to Starbucks after work so I can just say I'm going there, or doing Xmas shopping, etc. and stay at work and work on the project.

But I think I need all the help I can get. Do you or someone you know know anything about embroidery? Any tips, etc.? Anything that can help me learn how to do this, and then pull it off, in 25 days...

I'll keep posting updates here, too, if I end up doing it. :-)
Tags: buddhism, christmas, christmas embroidery project, embroidery, nyxie, zen

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