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Is it cheating because with little skill I can whip up cute little embroidered animals like this? I kind of think so...but it's really super fun. 

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Last week at "Sewing Club" I was given the assignment of taking my new machine home and creating a stitch dictionary. I'm all for practice...and especially for completing homework..so I whipped this up in a couple of days. Wait until I show you what I have discovered in "Embroidery Club"...holy smokes...that machine can do 100 things that I never even considered asking if it could do when I bought it!

It's important to know the people where you buy a machine like this...I didn't think I would enjoy going to all the sewing and embroidery meetings..but I can tell you that after the last two I have been in, I am planning not to miss a single meeting for the next two years. The people who work at the place where I bought my machine are super nice..and the ladies that I have met in each class are friendly and knowledgeable! I know I get some one-eyed glances because I am new...but so far, everyone has been receptive to my questions. Turns out I am starting to sew the same way that I paint...by understanding what the machine does and how to use it are most important to me. THEN I will start making things.

I've always loved fabric...and making things that are soft in nature....so this is turning out to be great fun! 

The book has 10 pages of stitches that I numbered and bound together with some wire. I was going to stitch the pages together with floss and the Japanese stab method...but I was a little tired of this project and just crimped it together quickly. How do you like the squirrel? :) 

Oh..I almost forgot! Thinking of taking an online mixed media workshop that has no time limits and a TON of great info? You should really check my Twitter account immediately... sale ends 9/30.