I started hand embroidering again. I first started embroidering when I was in my early teens. My mother had a metal hoop with a cork interior on the top shelf of our linen closet right next to a metal can where she kept her buttons. I still have and use that hoop and yes I have the button can sans buttons. I take a project along with me to work so I can embroider during my lunch hour. I even found myself embroidering on a bench in Walmart while the hubby was in the auto section and also in the car while I waited for him to come out of Walmart on another occasion. I pretty much carry around with my hoop, fabric and threads wherever I go. No sense in wasting good waiting room time when at the doctors. In the end you have all these embroideries that are just asking to be made into a pillow, quilt or this little apron I made for my little niece Sophie. I say help mommy and put stains on that apron Sophie. That's what it's for.
I've always enjoyed creating things since I was a little girl. While my brother and sisters were out learning to ride bikes I would sit on a couch for hours making paper dolls and storing them in an envelope I stapled together out of construction paper. My first experience sewing was inspired by a book I ordered from a fundraiser in elementary school. With it's simple projects to sew, I chose to make an apron. My mother gave me an old garment to use for material. I sewed a square together forgetting to leave a small opening to turn it. I cheesed out and left it like that and attached a grosgrain ribbon on the edge for ties. I was so proud of that moment, ha ha. I've come a long way since then and my passion for cloth and creating continues. I enjoy making cloth dolls and like to dabble with whatever strikes my fancy. It's a journey.