During my last trip to the thrift shop, I found this beautiful faux corduroy shirt. I was drawn to it's deep green color and casual fit, so I decided this would be my garden shirt for the year.
Or my picnicking shirt.
Or my camping shirt.
Or my "any activity you can possibly do outside" shirt.
It's perfect because the dark color hides dirt and deters bugs, while the loose fit keeps me cool. It also covers my back and shoulders to protect from sunburn.
Unfortunately, I bought this shirt knowing it was missing something:
As great as this shirt is, it's still a bit bland. So, I grabbed my embroidery kit and started stitching.
Pocket personalization is perhaps the best embroidery project for beginners, because pockets are a small area with a large impact. You could finish this project within a day or two, and it will always look fabulous (and any mistakes you make are likely to look intentional, perhaps even fashionable).
Since this is a "garden" shirt, I decided to add flowers.
Start with stem stitch, scatter random flower stems over the pocket.
With random, crossing stitches, place dots of yellow at one end of each stem.
Finally, make flowers by adding your preferred petals.
The finished project is understated yet chic, and best of all, it's one of a kind. If you go the thrift shopping route like I did, it's also incredibly cheap! My total for all of the materials used in this project was just under $7.
That's why I'm encouraging beginner embroiderers to thrift shop for their projects: because it's less risky. You can experiment freely and find your crafting style without losing tons of money whenever you make a mistake.
What do you think? Is this a project you plan to try?