Yesterday was time well-spent with Kimberly. Lots of quality "girl-time" chatting, black bean chili, pie & cookies, cinnamon creme brulee coffee, and embroidery. I felt like a very slow learner, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. As you can see, I learned how to cross-stitch Kimberly's handmade pattern of "Johnny & Jenni" - so very cute. Actually, she called this particular method back-stitching and I learned new terminology such as "half-stitches." I can't wait to learn more and graduate to working with warm colors of linen (I've been very inspired by tiny happy lately).
Kimberly's a good friend because she left at 5:00 pm to make dinner for her family and such, yet she came back to my house later in the night so we could finish the above stitching. It was soothing to work with my hands while listening to The Innocence Mission, Ampersand, and David Mead; a flickering candle nearby. Though it wasn't difficult work, it was a slow-going, intricate process that made me appreciate artful handmade efforts even more. We'll need to schedule a follow-up lesson for the heart & arrow (inspired by this) - maybe in time for Valentine's Day? We shall see.
I also love Bethany's first attempts with embroidery - very impressive. I'm already dreaming of knitting and crochet.... Here's to a more handmade life, and crossing off my list.
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