Sometimes there's no getting around feeling distracted when you're trying to finish something. The T.V. might be on, you're having a conversation that gets really interesting, you get up to answer the phone. It can be hard to remember where you left off.
That's what happened to me while I was sewing this week's Zakka Sew Along Project, the Raincloud Mug Rug. It turned out quite different from the way I envisioned it, and I can't help but think I pushed on when I should have taken a break. By the time I was halfway through embroidering, I was imagining how I Should have done it, and what I could do next time. Maybe there's something to be said for being dissatisfied, because that feeling can lead to more interesting solutions for a project. I didn't stop, because I've vowed to do my best, but not let trying to be perfect take the fun out of my sewing. And I'm glad I did, because it was fun, and I learned a little. It's also worthwhile to finish a project, so you can muse on it and how you might do it differently. So I like this one just the way it is, in all its humble cheer, But I'll like another one too.
Here are a few pictures, taken inside without daylight. I promise I'll update these when I can get some good light! **Update: new pics now added :)
So much to learn still, about everything! I'm going to make another version that I'll post soon.
I used Sulky thread for the embroidery and I thought it was great fun. I stitched the pattern instead of drawing and stitching. I might choose to draw my own next time. It's a fun pattern, with plenty of room for interpretation. I'm not going to use mine as a mug rug though. I think it would fit better as a small table topper, perhaps for book beside the bed.
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