Look what came in the mail today! It is the wool for a stumpwork project I want to do from Inspirations. The last time I worked with wool I was in grammar school. I worked a little kit that said "I Love You" and used all sorts of different stitches and colors. I learned most of the basic stitches doing the kit--satin, French knots, chain, back stitch, and stem stitch. I got a lot of heat from friends who saw it who thought that I shouldn't stitch something that said "I love you" for myself, but who cares. It got me hooked on embroidery. My mother made it into a pillow for me and I had it for decades. But eventually, it got holes and wore out. I wish I still had a picture of it.
This project will be fun. It is small, the colors are so pretty. In addition to using wool for the first time in 35 years, I will also be doing a piece of free-standing stump-work for the first time ever. I can't wait to dive into it over the summer. Since it is intended as a gift, I won't show it all. Any tips people may have for making sure that the BACK of a piece of stumpwork is as coverd as the front would be greatly appreciated! I've only done pieces where one side matters so far.