This past summer, due to the unbearable heat in my workroom (when the AC only takes the temp down to 85, there's a problem), I took up embroidery for the first time in about 20 years. It was actually the first type of needlework I ever did -- I remember a pagoda-like structure embroidered on yellow satin with turquoise and red sewing thread when I was about 5 -- and it turns out it's still a favorite.
It also appears that my color palette hasn't gotten any more restrained during that time.
The only problem with embroidery, for me, is I find a really fun design and execute it and then I look around and think, "What do I do with it now?" It's fine when I'm embellishing an existing garment or I have an idea from the get-go, but usually the idea is "cute design, let's embroider it and think of something to do with it."
Then I dug around and found suitable backing fabrics and turned them all into envelope-back pillow covers. They look very snazzy with my new labels, and you can either buy a pre-made pillow form for them or use a pillow you already have.
These were out at the craft show and a few of them sold. The rest of them are in the Etsy shop, waiting for someone to love them.
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