I like embroidery. A whole lot. I love how the simple act of repeating small stitches many times can make such a beautiful picture. However, I'm not so very good at it. Although I do have my ambitions. My mom does a lovely job of it though, which is why I enlisted her to stitch up a couple of my favorite patterns from Nicole, also known by her blog and shop name Follow the White Bunny. Nicole and I have done some pattern trading in the past, and have been known to tweet back and forth to each other throughout the day about any number of things, including the fact that I wear very sensible shoes. In other words, she's not just a creative superstar, she's really nice too.
The picture above is one of the finished patterns that my mom started when she was here visiting last summer. She sent it to me in the fall, along with another, and both are destined to go on the wall in Mariam's room. I haven't hung them yet, because I ran into an unbelievably long shortage of appropriately sized embroidery hoops in not one but all of my local craft stores. Completely bizarre. And I really do want wooden hoops and not plastic. So right now, only one of the finished patterns is ready for hanging. The hoop that I ordered online for the other didn't quite fit, so I'm going to try to make one more go at the local shops and hope that they've restocked.
I figure that I've still got a bit of time to find the right sized hoop. Mariam's birthday is at the end of next month, and my idea is to hang these pieces as part of a big bedroom redo that will be her birthday surprise. More about that later, no doubt.