Well, I got a hair brained idea to try to embroider on a large old lampshade of mine. Just for fun. Make it My Little Ponies, for Emmie. OK. No problem. She has about a thousand coloring book pages to make a pattern and embroider for my own personal use. So I start to attempt to sew on this big hard to hold shade. After 20 minutes, I feel my fingers are going numb and very sore. I stop sewing because I need to get a thimble or three. Next day I run out to get a beautiful leather finger cover by Clover brand, but instead I see a really cute orange silicone finger cover with a metal tip at end of finger to punch the needle through the darn lampshade with (same brand, Clover). I decided this is the thing for me. Wrong. I get home, and soon discover that I do not push the needle through with the tip of my finger, but the pad of my finger. So that one got returned. Thanks to Micheal's, who took it back without a receipt and gave me store credit. By this time I have decided NOT TO EMBROIDER DIRECTLY ONTO LAMPSHADE any more. Another reason for this is because I had to sit with the lampshade to where I could direct light down inside while trying to find where my needle tip was on the other side (the inside of lampshade). Rarely would I have the location correct due to the shadow on the needle!!! All the more agony for my damn fingers!!!!!
Here is what I started that I won't finish now:
Here is my first complete pony, shaded with colored pencils. I think she turned out kinda cool.
Heck, we may just decoupage so she can help. That would be real fun for her. Knowing me (much more of a crafter, than seamstress), I bet I will decide to make it a fun, gluey mess. Probably. Should we add glitter too? I'm thinking YES!!!!