Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hand Stitching Round Up

It's been a couple of months already since I shared my hand stitching projects, so I thought I'd catch you all up.

I now have three of the Little Wooly Baskets blocks finished:


These blocks have proven to be a big hit! My first photo of the one on the left with the little red berries was pinned on Pinterest well over 30 times, last I checked. But you know ladies, I have to say, that photo was not the finished block! My white basting threads were sticking out all over it. Now it's finished:


Pin away! I'm always honoured when people pin my photos. The block's designer, Dawn Heese, also has a Pinterest board for this project, which is full of good ideas. That's where I got the idea to transform the berries into little flowers with radiating straight stitches in perle cotton. And then I had my own idea to stitch down the leaves with fly stitches, almost like couching. I love that added texture!

There is just a little perle cotton in this one, which is actually Block 1 of the series:


In my first Little Wooly Baskets post, I went to a lot of trouble to come up with 24 unique background fabrics for the project. But actually, I was right the first time, and there are only 12 blocks in the series! Somehow I must have multiplied "12" and "2 per month," and come to the wrong conclusion! The first ten have now been released, so I have some catching up to do.

The second project that needs an update is Vintage Blooms, the free stitchery series from Sentimental Stitches. With these two blocks, I've now finished four of the 20 that will be released.

The satin stitch centres were padded with an underlayer of chain stitch, which gives them that great height.

These are easy to stitch, The real challenge will be to give them more depth and drama with the quilting.

And third, there is another stitchery finished for Best Friends Forever:


After I posted the last BFF block in April, I looked back over all my previous posts on the project, and I had to laugh. Almost all them include a complaint about how hard it is to photograph! Well, it IS hard to photograph, but I will try to stop mentioning it. After today...

The BFF EPP (lol) setting has also been getting some attention:


You can see that I haven't started filling the background yet. Each flower will be surrounded with 24 scrappy light yellow/green/blue kite shapes, the same size as the dark green "leaves:"


That will turn them into big hexagons. With 31 flowers planned, and 24 background pieces each, this will keep me busy for quite a while yet.

So, for Slow Sunday Stitching today, I am spoiled for choice! What I should sew is this binding:


But it's hard to look at Christmas fabric in June, so maybe not!

Anyway, I have a couple more posts planned before I break for the summer, but this is probably my last Slow Sunday Stitching link up until September. Have a great summer everyone, if it's summer where you are. And happy stitching, in every case!

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the eye-candy....I don't know which project I like best!

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  2. Loved seeing all your projects. Nice to have multiple things going at once. Never any boredom. Thanks for sharing the links. Have a great summer.

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    1. Thanks, Jacqueline! I'm not built to do one thing at a time. But, I wouldn't mind a little more focus! Anyway, they will all get there in the end. :D

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  3. your color combinations of the wool projects is just wonderful!! Im so inspired by your stitching!! This is my first visit to your blog (from kathy's linky) and I'm happy to say I'm your newest follower!! I added ya to my blogroll so not to miss a post. :)val from Val's QUilting Studio

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  4. Your Little Wooly Baskets are bright and cheerful and really pop on the background fabrics you have chosen. Love your BFF blocks and look forward to seeing it all put together with the background shapes.

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  5. Your wool feels baskets are adorable! Wool felt is my favorite medium.

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  6. Your little wooly baskets are adorable--love how cheerful they are!

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  7. Beautiful projects are around your hands, just pick one and have fun.

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  8. Thank you for guiding me to your blog. I found so much interesting, and have to come back tomorrow. The hand stitched flower block are so cute.

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  9. Oh your woolie baskets are just adorable and I enjoyed seeing your other projects as well! Don't you just love Sentimental Stitches; I know I do! :)

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    1. Yes, the range of designs Gay has is amazing, and she is so generous with all the free patterns. Thanks, Deb! I really have to get more caught up on the LWBs.

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  10. Those wooly baskets are beautiful. I can say the same thing about all of your other stitching. Those white flowers are amazing.

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  11. Love how your woolie baskets are turning out as well as your adorable embroidery. So much fun handwork.

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  12. Your little woolly baskets are delightful. I love the background fabrics you chose.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks very much, Nancy! With 12 extra, I certainly have plenty of choices left! But, I'm sure I'll find a use for them. :D

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  13. you have some lovely embroidery projects here, the woolly baskets are lovely and think I will have to check out the vintage blooms one loving the hexies too but must not give in to those will just get my fill from admiring yours

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  14. What lovely projects. The fly stitch for the leaves is a great idea, it does give some dimension to the leaves. Very creative!

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  15. The wooly basket blocks are just super. Remind me a bit of Sue Spargo. I really like the hexies, too. I am considering jumping into a bit of that myself with some Millefiore English paper piecing.

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  16. You have indeed been busy. I like all of them - the idea of embroidering on the pattern of Vintage Blooms, the cheerfulness of the rainbow and the great layout of BFF. As you are planning your Summer break I am knitting furiously, trying to turn the wool I didn't get to last Winter into wearables and cupboard space!

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    1. Ah yes, the everlasting quest for cupboard space! My first plan for summer is some serious stash organizing. I can't find things that I know I have. Thanks, Jillian, and happy knitting!

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  17. Such a lot of hand stitching going on (at least one project I don't think I've seen before)! I would be finding it hard to sew down Christmas binding with all these waiting for attention too. :-)

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  18. what nice blog post. Your stitchery is lovely and your wooly baskets are too cute!!

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