Hand embroidering these little ATC's has been difficult. These elderly hands are no longer up to the task. I don't know if the flareup of my arthritis is because of the hand work, or if it is the cause of the difficulty with the hand work. The hand stitching on them has been finished, but I had to use every trick in the book to get it done, even to the point of dragging out my old floor frame.
My first love was hand embroidery. I developed a fair bit of technical skill in this, especially with counted thread ethnic embroideries and in producing intricate, fine surface stitchery. I have taught both. I have exhibited my work nationally as well as locally, and have won awards for it. I have seen the writing on the wall in terms of this and have devoted a lot of time and energy teaching myself to work with the machine, ( to say nothing of the money I've spent on machines!), which has lead to my fibre work and FMQ'g.
More recently I blogged about setting up four fibre pieces that would feature hand stitching, since that is all the rage at the moment. Well, those will be done,but using any technique I choose.
My heart hasn't really accepted the end of this, and I will probably try it out every once in awhile, but I see it as the end of an era.