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 :