By Dolin O’Shea
Learn to paint
pictures with floss
Gussy up some fabric with easy decorative
stitches that will wow your friends and family.
To embroider basically means to decorate mate-
rial with needlework. Embroidery is based on
hand-sewing stitches, and encompasses many
different forms of stitching: cross-stitch, crewel,
quilting, needlepoint, and much more.
What you’ll be learning here is good ol’
basic embroidery, the type that Jenny Hart of
Sublime Stitching has made so hip and cool.
Once you know the basics, try experimenting
Photography by Natalie Zee Drieu
with different types of threads, stitches, and
fabrics. I think of embroidering like painting
— your floss is the paint and your fabric is the
canvas. You can illustrate many beautiful things
with just a few stitches under your belt.