Friday, November 14, 2014

I Love Horses!

I have a new embroidery pattern set available in my Etsy shop.  It is called I Love Horses!

This set has 11 pages of beautiful and feminine horse themed motifs. 

 The motifs work really well together to make up so many different scenes.  These can be embroidered, and they can be used for appliques.  They are also such fun coloring pages :)

I have started two projects already - first this pretty horse portrait with flower corners:

 and second, this fancy horse with a really big mane: 

   Here is a look at the pattern packet - so perfect for horse lovers!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Autumn Projects - Part Three

 I have an update on my progress of the two remaining Autumn projects.  {As you may remember I finished the first of the three here}.

The second project is this leaves and acorn border for my tea towel:

And the third is this little owl. 

For both of these projects, I am still experimenting with colors and stitches.   In the case of this owl I love the coral, black mustard and blue color palette but I am trying to get just the right combination of stitches - especially for the leaves! 

In the case of the tea towel, I am also thinking about trims.  I love a pom-pom trim on a tea towel. 

I am thinking maybe the smaller sized pom-poms would suit the border a little better than the large?

I guess I will have to wait until I finish the stitching!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ballerina Pillow Project - Part Nine Finish!

Remember this ballerina pillow project?  I just finished putting the finishing touches on it!

Since my last post on this project, I sewed the front and back together - leaving a small open space and I stuffed the pillow with poly-fill. 

Then I sewed the opening shut:  

Next,  I made three bows out of this velvet ribbon trim. 

I hand sewed them across the top of the pillow:

Here is the finished front:

and the back.  I think it looks good standing up

or lying flat:

I recorded all my floss colors in my embroidery journal.  Looking at this journal page, I am surprised to see I started this little project way back on May 12 2004 :)

Here is the color palette for this project:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pink Pincushion

 Since setting up my new sewing table and arranging my sewing area, I decided I needed a new pincushion.

I had this beautiful fabric, some matching trim

and quite a few buttons.  This fabric looks good with just about every color!

 I cut two pieces out of the fabric:

 These measured 5" x 5".  I allowed for a 1/2" seam allowance on all sides.

Once I sewed these together, I filled it with some poly-fil,  added the ribbon trim and buttons.  I hand stitched down through both the button on top

and the button on the bottom.  You can see that I just folded the raw edge of the ribbon underneath the bottom button and sewed right through it to keep everything in place:

This little pincushion is working out really well and I think it looks great on the sewing table too:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Salad Picture - Part Two

 Finished!  You may remember from this post when I started this project.

Since that post, I finished up all the stitching.  Here are some close ups that show the different stitches I used.  For most of the outlines, I used the stem stitch.  I also used the stem stitch for some of the interior accent lines.  I especially like the purple onion interiors, I used two colors of floss on the stem stitch:

I used multiple rows of stem stitch to give interest and weight to the edges of some of the vegetables.  You can see that on the carrots, radishes and radish leaves.  The X's are straight stitch and there are plenty of French knots:

To prepare this for framing, I evened up all the raw edges of the fabric.  This is a cotton fabric and it is so ravely!

Now for the framing.  I used this black frame, it is size 8 X 10:

The stitched area of my fabric measures about 7-1/2" x 8 -1/2", too big to use the matting provided with the frame.  Instead, I used the chipboard backing for the frame and added a piece of white paper to give a smooth white surface and then placed my fabric on top of that:

I wrapped the fabric edges around the chipboard:

Folded all the corners over:

and then, using this strong polyester thread:

I stitched back and forth on the long edges and across and back on the short edges.  This really allowed me to pull the fabric snug.  Hopefully it will keep this looking good in the frame!

All framed:

and ready to display - I love the way this project turned out!

Here is the color palette for this project:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100 Stitches - Double or Italian Hemstitch

I have another installment of my 100 Stitches journey to share.

This is the Double or Italian Hemstitch.  Beautiful, isn't it?  I had a few problems working this stitch which I will explain at the end of this post.

For the floss, I used DMC Color Variations, this is number 4160 in perle cotton.

This stitch is from the Drawn Thread Embroidery category so I prepared the fabric by pulling the horizontal threads from the area to be worked with the stitch. 

This one was a little different than the usual Drawn Thread stitches in that there needs to be two working areas to complete the stitch:

This stitch is worked from right to left starting with the top working area.  The first step is to come up through the fabric behind the first four threads:

Pull the needle to the left all the way through.  Then bring the needle back around to the right and go into the fabric behind those first four threads.  Bring the needle back out where the floss first emerged.  Notice the needle is behind the working thread:

Pull all the way through and now the needle is going to work on the bottom area.

Bring the needle into the fabric behind the second group of four threads on the bottom working area.  Come back out of the fabric:

and pull all the way through:

Bring the needle around and go back into the fabric at the right edge of the group of four threads you just passed under.  Pass the needle under the fabric and emerge on the top working area four threads to the left of the first thread group worked. 

Notice the needle is passing under the working thread:

Now the same steps are just worked over and over until you fill up the areas to be worked:

I had three problems with this stitch. 
First - There are no instructions on where to secure your floss when beginning the stitch.  
Second - Notice the bottom working area - the first group of four threads on the right side are skipped.  According to the instructions, this is worked from top area to bottom area from right to left so how can the bottom right thread group be included?
Third - How to finish off this stitch.  I finished at the top left side of the working area - where should the floss be secured?

I am going to do a little more research on this stitch - any tips would be appreciated! 

This is a fun stitch to do and really pretty.  I especially love the way it looks when done with the color variations floss.

This is number 80 on the 100 Stitches list and is from the Drawn Thread Embroidery category.