For me, embroidery has to be spontaneous and free. There's nothing nicer than choosing colours, improvising stitches, and just letting yourself create something spontaneously. It's the only way I can work, otherwise projects just don't get finished. I like to sketch something out and then see how it changes when I get a needle near it. This little project, a simple pencil case, kept me entertained for a while. I love doing French knots for some reason (?) so the blossom on the trees made me happy. It's not perfect but that's alright. It was something to do that kept me entertained.
I found that once I'd taught myself a range of different stitches, I really caught the embroidery bug. It really is like painting or colouring-in with thread. With the recent popularity of colouring-in books for adults, as a way to relax, I think embroidery could be a contender. It's relaxing, creative and useable.
I would love to see your embroidery and compare notes. So if you have anything to share it would be lovely to hear from you. xx