My Great Aunt Mary left a few things to me when she passed away. One was a cedar hope chest, the other was her sewing basket and everything in it. I was just a kid when it fell into my hands, and couldn't have really appreciated all the treasures inside. Now, thankfully, things are a little different.
As of late, I've had an intense urge to learn the art of embroidery. I knew Aunt Mary had excelled at this, as she had in all things crafty, so I pulled out her sewing basket. Inside I found all the things I needed to get started: a hoop, embroidery needles, and an abundance of embroidery floss. I have yards and yards of muslin that I bought sometime in junior high, back when I was determined to teach myself to quilt (it didn't go over so well the first time), so I cut a 24 by 18 inch piece, found a drawing of a flower that I liked, traced it onto the muslin, and commenced embroidering.
And a tea towel was born.
It was easier than I thought, and oh, so very fun.
I found the how to page over at Sublime Stitching very helpful. I also enjoyed looking through this: Just another treasure from Aunt Mary's sewing basket.