You may remember that I did some button cards with the girls while they were here. They chose to draw on their cards, but I decided to give it a try using stitch.
For the first card, the girls chose the button 'balloons' and the 'sun'. I used a pin to prick the holes for stitching and then used embroidery thread to stitch the strings. Using a double running stitch, the front and back of the card looks identical. I've also used ribbon to tie the 'strings' together.
The next design I chose to do, were flowers. Again we've got a button sun. I stitched the stems with a double running stitch and the leaves are detached chain stitch. By pricking the holes for the thread beforehand, stitching was fairly easy. In both cards, the buttons have been tied on using embroidery thread.
They were fun to do and I think they make a fun pair of cards. I do have some other designs in my head which I will try sometime soon. It's a fun way to combine my love of embroidery and use up my buttons. Having pretty cards at the end is a bonus.
This brought back so many memories seeing this post. I had great pleasure and satisfaction in stitching this piece, hardanger was something I'd always wanted to try. I used to take it with me when the boys were doing their activities. Much of this was stitched while they were doing their life saving badges at swimming.
I loved doing this piece, it wasn't as hard to do as I'd imagined. Even the cutting got less scary as we got through the piece. Maybe I should find some more to do.
Confetti of Hardanger-Part 14 25/2/2013
Part 14 is called "Eidelweiss". More cutting and more weaving, but I like it. As far as I can remember, there are two more parts before the stitching is completed.
Below you can see how the whole piece looks now, first the centre and then the whole. I can't wait to see what comes next.
It was another day of pin cushions for me yesterday. The second sample for the pin cushion class was completed and all the videos made. I'm quite pleased with how this one has turned out, especially as I've just used what I've got here, I didn't have to shop for any of the materials.
Now I've made these for the class, I need to decide if I'm going to send one of these to my swap partner or if I'm going to make a different one as a surprise. I have about ten days before it needs to be send, so I'll think about it for a couple of days.
Create With Loopy Classes and Workshops
I can't believe what a difference adding a mount has made to this piece. It seems to have made him more majestic.
I prepared the embroidery in the traditional way. Mount board was covered with a layer of wadding to give a padded appearance and then the embroidery was laced to ensure it stayed central and taut. The brown really sets off the colours of the rainbow.
If you would like to give him a home, you'll find him here.
Fibre Arts and Photographs
I'm rather sad that Rainbow Hare is finished. It's been a real joy to stitch. I'm going to have to find another embroidery project to do.
So here is the original sketch that triggered the whole project. You can see more of June's work here, and she even has this design as a card.
This is my interpretation of the Rainbow Hare. I've used calico as the background and have used crayon and DMC stranded cottons for the embroidery. I used tweeding, two different coloured threads in the needle, for the hare and the ground. There plant stems were done with stem stitch and the outline of the hare was done using split stitch. Apart from the French knots, the rest is stitch using straight stitch.
I think I have my next embroidery project sorted, just need to do a bit of planning, and there's some knitting that needs finishing. There are babies on the way and they need some winter woollies.
Here is the next progress picture of the Rainbow Hare. I have to say, I'm really pleased with how the rainbow has turned out. It's the perfect blend of crayon colour and stitch.
There is just the blossom to add and the eye of the hare. It has been done and finished and was damp stretched overnight. I'll get some photos tonight and show you the finished embroidery tomorrow.
I'm now thinking about the finishing-mounted and framed or a cushion?
I am having so much fun with this embroidery. After the outlines were done, the hare got his body coloured in stitch. I've stitched with two threads throughout, but have used a method called tweeding. I've had each strand of cotton has been a different colour. This allows them to blend more easily. I've used different combinations depending on the which colours I wanted to be dominant. I've also tried to follow the natural direction of the fur with the stitch direction.
The ground beneath the hare has also been stitched with two different coloured strands in the needle. I've used one dark brown with each of the rainbow colours. In this section, you still get to see some of the colour of the crayon coming through.
Next, will be the rainbow. I managed to get quite a bit stitched last night, so I'll get some photos when it's light and share them with you tomorrow.
Do you know that feeling you get when you just feel you need to do something different? For a while, the need to do some embroidery has been growing inside me and I'd been mulling over a few projects I could do. The trouble was, I just kept thinking about it, but never got much further than that. Then last week, whilst visiting a page on Facebook, I came across a sweet sketch. You can see the original here.
As soon as I saw it, I could see it in stitch and June very kindly said I could I use it. It's still a work in progress and I'm loving it more as it progresses.
I started by transferring the design onto cotton. Crayon has been used to add colour and has been fixed and then it was time to add the stitching. At this stage, all the outlines have been stitched. I've used split stitch for the hare, and stem stitch for the plants.
The next stage is to add colour with stitch. I've made a start on the hare, so will share that with you when he's done. I'm loving it and hope June will think I've done him justice.
Well this seems to be the best way to combine two of my loves, knitting and embroidery. I'm on a mission to use up some of the odd balls of yarn and there is a need for baby items here. We've got two babies arriving very soon, one of each variety, so I thought I'd get busy.
This is a very simple cardigan, but the addition of the embroidered lazy daisies makes it just a little special. My trusty button tin came up trumps for the buttons too.
It's a good job I like this yarn, there is still lots more on the ball to use up. The top is covered, I think we'll go for the feet next.
Jumpers and Cardigans
The beginning of the week was spent doing the embroidery stitch videos for the Embroidered Needle Case Class. This time I chose different colours, and I think I like this one better.
I simplified the pattern for the needle case for this one. The back is a four square patch and the front has simple borders. I'd been rummaging through my fabric box for another project and decided to use this fabric for the outer cover. It goes better with the darker threads used for the embroidery.
Inside, I've kept to the colour palette using two different fabrics for the inside cover and pocket. The wool felt pages go perfectly with the overall theme. This needle case has four pages, so is a good size.
Now all the class videos and photos are done, I can concentrate on the next project. I've been having more fun with raw edge applique.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.