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Beginning Embroidery with Vintage Mad by M

I wrote this post in February but didn’t bother to take pictures until literally today. I have a huge backlog of crap I need to photograph. Blogging is hard!

Late last year I got bit by an embroidery bug out of nowhere. It probably had a lot to do with coming across Sarah K. Benning’s work. I wanted to sign up for her monthly embroidery subscription immediately discovering it. I held off because I wasn’t sure I’d actually like embroidery, or even be capable of it. I also didn’t know what I’d do with finished pieces. Hanging embroidery hoops on the walls tends to look a little more cottagey or traditional than I like, even when the design is modern.

I told myself to hold off til the New Year to pick up another hobby. When 2017 rolled around and I was still interested, I decided I should start with a simple all-inclusive kit. I wanted a modern design that would teach me the basic stitches I needed, and include a pre-printed design with all the instructions and supplies I’d need. I found exactly that with Vintage Mad by M’s kits.

“Not your Grandma’s embroidery!”

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Old Fashioned Cocktail Marmalade

I decided at practically the last minute to join the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge, and this is my actual last minute entry for January. This month’s preserve is marmalade. I’ve made marmalade once before. A coworker brought a huge bucket of backyard Meyer lemons into the office and let me take 3 pounds for free. I made 5 half pints, I think, and I ended up giving all of them away as gifts. Time to try it again and actually keep some this time!

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Sewing the OhhhLuluSews Evelyn Romper

I started 2017’s sewing strong on Jan 5th and 6th with three Evelyn rompers from OhhhLuluSews. I’ve admired her custom lingerie for a while now. I really liked her wrap-front crane romper, so I bought myself a similar pattern for Christmas. This was my first return to garment sewing since sometime in the spring/summer of 2016, and it was a great experience.

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2017 Sewing Goals

My main sewing goals for 2017 are to sew more frequently and more carefully. When I’m looking for excuses to feel bad about myself, I often fixate on the fact that I’ve been sewing garments for about two decades and I’m barely above the advanced beginner stage. I want to be more meticulous with boring, labor-intensive set up that will pay off with way nicer finished projects.

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2017 Goals

I Fucking Love to set a goal. I don’t even care that New Year’s resolutions are arbitrary and cheesy, I relish that shit. This year a lot of my goals are around promoting better ~self care~ in the form of regular creative activity and intellectual development. I also want to do these things with other people instead of alone and pantsless in my apartment. I mean, I don’t actually want to go outside, but it’s usually good for me to have things like “friends” and “the ability to come in contact with sunlight without hissing.”

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