I'm learning to embroider--I absolutely love it. This is this most peaceful little hobby I've ever found. Here's my first completed project, done in "red work" (named thus for obvious reasons--you can read more about it here).
I have a terrible hunch that the first time I wash it all that red thread will bleed onto the white hand towel, so I figured I'd better preserve it for posterity here, first.
(And by the way, no, I did not do that original artwork. It's a pattern that I ironed on the hand towel before back-stitching over it. Since there are, unfortunately SIX MORE days in the week, I have a bit of the project yet ahead of me...)
Update: I washed it, and there was no bleeding! But next time I'm soaking the thread in the vinegar solution first. Thanks for the suggestion!
Another update: Here is a great blog for learning the basics of embroidery!