I was compelled to switch gears and work on a dishtowel pattern that I bought a few years ago. In fact, I've collected almost all of these patterns and bought the dishtowels, but haven't gotten around to actually making one because I was CHICKEN. Ha! Scared to embroider. I haven't embroidered since I was a Girl Scout, and that was a few years ago. Let's just say I barely remember being a Girl Scout.
I finally decided to dig in and give it a try. I was amazed at how fast I finished - compared to tatting, it's a fast accomplishment. I couldn't really remember how many strands of thread to use or how big the stitches should be - all I knew is that I had to be consistent. It all came back to me, but not until I was on the LAST vine, so my first try is less than wonderful. But, this practice dishtowel is going in my own kitchen. Good practice!
I finished the towel by fusing the fabric "basket" and handle on, and then giving it a simple zig-zag around. Then I added a binding around the entire towel. The corner basket is the basis of each pattern, with the embroidery different for each one. When I saw these towels a few years ago, I liked them so much I picked up a pattern whenever I saw one. Finally, one is complete - so this is a great accomplishment. Now I'm ready to work on some more - no fear :)
To see the rest of the patterns, click HERE.
AND, in cardiology news, I'm free of it all. No meds, no check-ups, no worries. The ablation procedure that I had was apparently effective, and I had no signs of arrhythmia during the torturous 30-days of wearing that monitor that I really disliked. [It's amazing how they can gather that necessary information, however.] The stress test did not produce any arrhythmia either, so I'm back to doing anything I did prior to my hospital visit. Yahoo! I could've hugged everyone that came within 5 feet of me for two days after that cardiologist visit.
Instead of passing out hugs to complete strangers, my girls and I took in a class on Nordic Walking. It's more of a workout than you think - and enjoyable through the beautiful parks we have available to us. I could get hooked on this type of exercise.
Only in Minnesota!