I started TCT on Monday, thinking this project may take a little longer then one night. Then life threw a wrench in my plans.
It's been a busy week (and will only get busier) so I decided to rely on a kit I've been meaning to use for awhile.
Fabric, in my case four identical squares to serve as napkins one day
Tattoo Your Towels kit from Sublime stitching (less then $4 on their website)
Embroidery floss (raid your old friendship bracelet kit, or I found a pack of 104 colors for less then $10 online)
Embroidery hoop (optional)
Cocktail of the Day: Whiskey and Hot Chocolate, my winter standby
1. Cut your fabric into equal squares. (A napkin set with a different design in matching colors on each one? what a cute gift!) Hint: A full size dinner napkin is 20". Oddly some people can't sleep at night when they ask themselves these burning questions. Think that some people are weird. Have the thought that you are probably weird too.
3. Cut out the design you want from your kit and position on fabric (I put mine near a corner so you can see it when the napkin is folded). Iron (do not use steam!). Move iron gently so as not to move around the design.
4. Lift paper gently. See how cute the transfer is. Get excited.
5. Cue up "Lipstick Jungle" on Hulu.com and get out your embroidering supplies. You are going to have a relaxing evening of embroidery followed by blogging.
6. When your computer dies, stress out. Kick yourself for not blogging earlier. Call mom to calm you down. Realize your new computer is only coming in on Thursday. Panic some more.
7. Decide this is the universe's way of telling you to relax. Hook up your headset to your cell phone and call a friend.
8. Put fabric in embroidery hoop. If you aren't using one, just be careful not to sew two sides of your fabric together. Follow the lines of the transfer using a straight stitch, periodically switching colors. (Tip: Since this is a napkin, keep your stitching in the back as clean as it is on the front.)
8a.Talk to friend on phone. Talk and laugh and realize not blogging for a couple days is not a big deal and that you can post during your lunch break.
9. Sip hot chocolate when embroidery is mostly done. Realize the combination of whiskey and talking to friends and family have completely relaxed you. Too Cute Tuesday on Monday can be fun!
Image: Do you see the little birdy? He's almost done… A photo of the finished product will be posted soon!