Saturday, November 23, 2013
Are you starting to get ready for all your Christmas and holiday season stitching? I am! I have quite a few sewing projects in the works.
I am looking over all my metallic floss and seeing if I need to add more colors:
I am planning some embroidery projects...
and starting to stitch some embroidery projects. I love this time of year.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I finished the olive border from my La Cucina wip. I love the result! As you may remember, I stitched this border onto fabric that I am going to use as a bread basket liner. The fabric is a nice large size, the finished dimensions are 19 1/2" x 15 1/2".
As you can see, it is much easier to photograph this when it is folded in half!
I hand stitched the hem. This is a 1" hem, with the raw edge folded under. I had considered top stitching the hem but decided to just press the hem and hand stitch it in place. I am so glad I did because you can hardly see my stitching and it just really gives a nice soft edge to the piece.
And I actually successfully stitched mitered corners!
I am happy to have this project completed and to have kept an accurate record of all the details! Or maybe not when I see the amount of time between my project start date and project end date?!
Here are the floss colors I used:
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I have another100 Stitches post! This beauty is the Wave Stitch Filling. This is a drawn fabric embroidery stitch. Notice the open effect this has on the fabric where the stitches meet:
I am not sure that I did this stitch correctly but my final result certainly looks like the diagram from 100 Stitches so I think it will work. I found the instructions so confusing! I will explain why a little further on in this post. I am using perle cotton floss, this is DMC #4180 Color Variations
This stitch is worked from right to left so my first step is to come up through the fabric on the right hand side of my stitching area:
Count four threads above where the needle emerged and two threads to the right and go back into the fabric:
Pull the thread all the way through:
Count four threads to the left and come back out of the fabric:
Pull the floss through and then go back into the fabric in the same hole where the needle very first emerged. Make sure to pull the floss firmly, this draws the hole bigger to start giving the open effect:
Pull the floss through and then count over to the left four threads and come back up through the fabric.
Pull the floss through. Count four threads up and two threads to the right and you should be going back into the fabric in the same hole as the end of the last stitch:
Just continue in this fashion to the end of the stitching area.
Now this is where I found the directions confusing. At this point, you are supposed to turn the fabric around to start the second row. At first, I thought you were supposed to come out of the fabric just like you started the first line of stitching. But if you did this, you are coming back out the hole you just went into and obviously, the stitch just falls out. So don't do this:
What I think you are supposed to do is to come back out of the fabric four threads up and two threads to the right of where you just went into the fabric:
pull the floss all the way through and then go into the hole:
Then just stitch the row like you did the first row of stitches going through the same holes to make the open effect.
At the end of that row, turn the fabric around again and this time, have your needle emerge four rows down and two rows to the left to start the next row of stitching. Does this seem right? I figured that as long as I was making these diamond shapes and pulling my floss through the same holes to keep making the open effect, I was doing it correctly.
I stitched along the third row:
and when I was done, it looked just like the diagram in 100 Stitches:
Here is a closer view.
And a shot of the underside. See the huge knot I made on the left hand, second row of stitching? I made the knot that big because on my first attempt at this stitch, my knot actually pulled through the fabric when I was trying to draw my floss firmly enough to achieve the open effect!
This certainly is a beautiful stitch. I would appreciate any comments or advice if you know anything about doing this stitch!
This is #91 on the 100 Stitches list. It is from the Drawn Fabric Embroidery Section of 100 Stitches.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I am stitching up a project for a sweet baby boy that has just been born. We had a cowboy themed baby shower earlier this summer for his mom and it really inspired me to make a cowboy themed hand embroidery pattern set. I am so glad I did because now I am embroidering a project for his nursery. I started by putting together several of the motifs from the Cowboy pattern packet and transferred them onto this beautiful linen fabric:
I have done some of the stitching but now I am re-thinking the floss color I am using for the rope. I had used the variegated floss you see on the left and I liked it until I was done. Looking at it, I realized it wasn't going to be a good match with the other strong colors in this project...
such as the red I am using for the name. So I switched to this brown and I am so much happier with it. I am thinking I will use silver metallic thread for these horse shoes you can see above the name:
they will match the spur I have already done on his boot:
The baby's nursery is all done in barn red, brown, blues and cream. I hope these colors will be perfect!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I am in the process of organizing all my embroidery floss. I really like to see how beautiful it looks neatly stored in these plastic floss boxes. I have a small bunch of skeins still left to wind up on their bobbins.
I was looking at the order of colors on my color wheel and I decided to arrange my floss in that order. Such a nice collection! It looks like I have a lot of floss and a good color selection doesn't it? Well...
..during my organizing, I came across this list that I picked up from the fabric store quite a long time ago.
It lists all the floss color numbers that DMC offers. There is even a check list to mark off the colors you have. Imagine my surprise when I checked off all of my floss and realized that I have 89 different colors - wow! But that is out of a possible 454!!! I have only tried about 20% of their colors.
I find I tend to buy the same colors over and over. I need to branch out - I would love to collect the whole list of colors. I wonder about any of you? Do you keep track of your floss colors and does anyone have a whole color collection?
Saturday, October 5, 2013
One of the projects on my list of works-in-progress is the Laura Wheeler vintage pattern for a dog. Do you remember this? I have the doggy put together and the next step is to add his nose. I have cut the nose pattern piece out of this nice black fabric. You only need one piece. I am a little concerned about attaching this because the only instruction on the pattern piece or direction sheet is to "sew up dart" where indicated - nothing about turning the raw edges under or stitching it in place on the dog! I think I can probably figure it out...
I used this pink fabric for his tongue. I am remembering to put a sample of each of my fabrics in my sewing journal
and of course to record all the details of the pattern!
I will make sure to post a picture when I finish this - I still need to find eyes and a ribbon.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I have a new hand embroidery pattern packet available. This one is called Seafood. There are so many images in this packet. I am having a lot of fun planning out all the different stitching projects I want to do.
I have already stitched this anchor and waves. I used double rows of stitching for the waves. One row in blue back stitch and then a row above that in white chain stitch. I think the double rows really add some dimension and texture.
I am also working on this lobster and some text. Do you see the double knot stitch? It has to be one of my favorite stitches. I did the heart in chain stitch
I have a lot more stitching planned!
Here is a picture of the pattern packet :