This time last year, I had just completed my first ever embroidery. It was done freehand, featured applique, was a present for my mum's birthday and had a tea theme. Never one to push the boundaries too far, I have once again completed a tea-themed, freehand embroidery featuring applique for my mum's birthday. She asked me for a teapot and some nice teacups so I though this would be a nice accompaniment to her pretty new crockery.
And get this, it's BACKED so it looks all neat and pleasing. I don't know why the back pleases me almost as much as the front but it does.
I love embroidering by hand - there is something very soothing and mindless about it - but I am itching to try freehand machine embroidery. I didn't think a birthday present needed at short notice (my mum's birthday is on Sunday) was the best place to practise this but I will be frantically seeking advice on here and Twitter when I do have a go!