Mushroom Bookworm Embroidery

 

Reading Bookworm embroidery pattern on Etsy

 

I don’t usually do embroidery.  If my hands are free, I’d rather knit.  I originally drew this for a swap early this year to improve my embroidery.

 

I am crazy about mushrooms, I have that in common with young Frodo Baggins.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I would get into some serious trouble, just like Frodo, if  I couldn’t acquire them so readily.   Also, books are my delight and vice at the same time.  So it wasn’t that hard for me to think of a drawing where a bookworm lives in a colorful mushroom garden and whiles his day away, reading.

 

While I was working on the blocks, my husband gently asked me if I would make one for him.   How could I say no?  That was back in March!!  While he patiently waited, I kept working on other things.  I finally started working on this a couple of months ago to cast aside that nagging inside me.

 

 

Mushroom Bookworm Embroidery

 

 

I used a combination of chain, stem and back stitches.  I tried using slip stitch, but didn’t care for it a whole lot.  This was mostly due to my ineptness, no doubt.

 

As I said, I don’t usually embroider. So I am ignorant of many things that most people would know.  My first mistake was to not use any stabilizer.  As I started on the thick stems, the fabric started puckering up.  So I discarded that, then restarted everything.

 

The second time, I think my stitches were too tight.  So the puckering happened again this time,  although much less.  Discard and restart!

 

Even after loosening my stitches from the tight-rope tautness I was subjecting them to, the puckering happened again.  This time, I learned that I was stretching my fabric too much in the embroidery hoop.  When I removed the fabric from the frame, it went back to its usual elasticity and that caused the puckering.  I took it apart AGAIN, and gave it yet another try.  That did the trick and removed the last of the puckering I was getting.

 

Now you know why it took me two months to finish!  If you are new to embroidery like me, I thought you might find this information useful.  I would also love to hear if you have any other advice you can share on embroidery.

 

 

Mushroom Bookworm Embroidery

 

Reading Bookworm embroidery pattern on Etsy

 

I cut a custom mat of his favorite color with my mat cutter and used a thin black frame.  Now it’s hanging on the wall across his desk.   If work gets too hectic, all he has to do is look up for a smile!

 

-Soma