Have you noticed our new blog header? It is also my first embroidery project, which I made in honor, and with the help of the new Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. For the header, I just used the backstitch, but I am eager to learn the 8 other essential hand-embroidery stitches (plus several others!) featured in the encyclopedia. What next?? Monogrammed hankies for my sweetheart? A running-stitch embellished blanket? A cross-stitch sampler? I'm sure many other new hobbies await me in the encyclopedia... maybe I'll try my hand at dyeing next? What are your favorite techniques and projects from the book? Also- while you're checking out our header, notice the new module in the lower right corner- click there and it will lead you to more embroidery projects!