I seem to have a love/hate relationship with embroidery. I taught myself to do it about a year ago with an embroidery kit from Sublime Stitching. But since then, I've only completed a few projects, and I still have a half finished embroidery hiding in my closet. I do enjoy the process, but it just takes sooooooo long! When I feel the itch to embroider, I think it's best to stick with something small, which is why when I saw these coasters that SouleMama made, I decided to make something similar. They didn't take me all that long, and they used up some little scraps. I just free-embroidered (can you even say that?) the tree shapes and then sewed a small scrap to the top, and then sewed that to the backing fabric leaving a hole to pull through. Then I whipstitched that hole shut, and done! Now I act all protective when husband tries to stick a glass onto them because he might pull out the French knots... But the coasters without French knots are totally useful, I swear.