Here's an idea to get your embroidery Muse dancing and clapping - and help use up all those bits of leftover thread.
Take a small, simple shape.
Here's a bunny, 'cos it's spring! Transfer it to your fabric. (If you're a new stitcher, check out the hints tab to find how to do this.)
Gather together a range of threads- whatever colours you like. Mine were are a mix of Anchor and DMC stranded cottons from my odds and ends box - I fancied very bright and cheery.
Thread up some needles, (I used 2 strands of thread and size 7 or 8 needle in a 5" hoop) - and doodle away! Just stitch as if you are scribbling on your phone pad, make squiggles if you like! It doesn't need to be at all precise and the stitch length can vary - just have fun!
I started with back stitch, making spiral 'roses' in pinks and greens, literally splodged around the shape, and a few yellow lazy daisies. Then I filled in wherever I felt like it, with chain stitch, Chinese and bullion knots, and kept adding different colours.
Use it as a 'pick up and put down' project.
You could do any stitches you know and enjoy; the idea is to just to free yourself up - no pressure.