A friend of mine told me about Bloom Handmade. They teach some pretty cool classes. I signed up for this one:
This just looks like so much fun!! I really love embroidery and I find crochet to be really relaxing. This is a combination of both worlds! I had some homework to do:
I had to make these four coasters in preparation for the class. I used an “F” crochet hook. For three of them I used Peaches & Cream Cotton in color way #4 Ecru, and the last one I used Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton in color way #01004 Soft Ecru. The actual colors of the cloths are not as different as they appear in the photo. I can’t wait for class!!
This year I have decided to take part in TAST – Take A Stitch Tuesday. It takes me awhile to decide on what I’ll stitch and what colors. I am planning a stitch book with a page for each week. Two weeks ago I posted on the Buttonhole Stitch. There are so many variations that this stitch deserved it’s own page and that left the “beyond tast” portion having it’s own page.
This one was easy to do. I used all #5 DMC embroidery floss – the green is a variegated.
After the line was completed, I wanted to make a circle as shown on the website. I’m really not good at winging it – I can never get the stitches to be evenly spaced or the same length. So I decided to measure and mark.
The “outside” spokes were measured and added first. Then the center circle. I felt something was missing so inside spokes were added to the larger circle.
It puckers just a little bit which makes me think the woven parts were pulled a little too tight. Next time I’ll have to work on loosening up the stitches with out having them too long and saggy.
This little circle makes me VERY happy!! I might make more of these on a cloth, cut them out and applique them to something. Oh, the possibilities are endless!!
This is the most recent class that I am taking. I have finished the first of two classes and am enjoying it immensely. This is on needle painting and we are using the long and short stitch. I really struggle with this stitch and am looking forward to more practice and direction.
This is my progress after the first class. Homework is to finish all the stems and that one leaf before the next class. We are working on silk fabric which is really nice. At our next class we will work on one of the flowers. I can’t wait!!
There is a fun FB group, called Postcard Fabric Art on Facebook that I have been following for awhile. They have challenges every month. This month is interesting as it combines fabric, paint and stitching. I am going to try my hand at this!
I found an image in this book that I want to use for my postcard.
This is the chosen image – it has been reduced by 10% and I am using only the center part where the two flowers and birds are.
I am using this piece of linen – the solid lines mark out a 4X6″ section.
The portion of the image that I want to paint and stitch has now been transferred to the fabric. Then I sewed batting to the back to add a bit of “plump” when it is stitched. The next step is to choose paint colors and make a stitch plan. Exciting!
I’ve been trying my hand at different types of embroidery. The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design has been offering classes and stitch ins during SIP and I have been really enjoying myself. Hopefully, they will continue some classes online once everything opens up again. My most current finished piece is in whitework.
I love the simplicity of white thread on white fabric. My very favorite part of this piece is the center. It’s a pulled stitch called Diagonal Cross Filling. The stitch is very easy to do and the effect is lovely.
I’m not in love with my eyelets. I had a really tough time with these. I drew a circle where the eyelet was to be, cut an “x” in the middle, and then whip stitched the edge with one strand of floss. We were told to come up only once in each hole around the outside and then down in the middle of the eyelet. I found that if I did that, I did not get full coverage so I came up more than once in many holes which then left it’s own little gap.
I did really enjoy the couching on the trailing stitch (the stems). That took forever. The longest stem (to the flower) I did as instructed with only one strand of floss. The second stem (the one to the leaf) I stitched with two threads – more to see how it would look than anything else. I like it, but I was surprised to see that there is definitely an obvious difference between couching with one thread and two. Not bad, but different. It was also much quicker to stitch and I was able to use only one hole per pass.
Another thing that is bugging me. Both the floss and the perle are white; however, on my project they look quite different in color. My hands were squeaky clean, but maybe I had some oils left on them anyway? Also I’m wondering if using a pencil may not have been the right way to mark my fabric – the graphite could have colored the thread as well.
This is the back where the threads that I used (4) were couched and then the ends – both top and bottom of stem – were pulled through to the back. Our instructor told us to cut them off even with the fabric. I am scared to do this!!! What will keep them from popping through to the top of the work? I’m going to email my teacher with both pictures to see if I can get come clarification.
This HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) update is not going to be about the project I chose for the HQAL – The Grandmother’s Garden. Grandmother’s Garden is laying dormant on the table behind the couch and although it has been calling to me, I have been ignoring it. She is in the same state as she was at the last update:
I have been working on the plan for the embroidery for each flower and will show that on a later update. I have seriously gotten the embroidery bug:
So this is what I have been working on. I will get to my Grandmother’s Flower Garden soon, I have just been floating to whatever project, media and skill that calls me at any given moment. It just seems to be what I need to do right now.
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
My summer camps are done for this year and I have a week “off” until my fall schedule starts. I will be teaching three classes in my studio during the week as well as parties, private lessons and workshops. I also am still teaching the two fiber arts kids classes at our local art center. I’m really enjoying what I’m doing and feel like I have a good rhythm going.
I do a really thorough clean out and clean up of the studio and machines after summer camp and as I was going through the cabinets I came upon a book I had bought some time ago:
I really like the simplicity of the look of rework and had planned to embroider these designs at some point. I came upon Kathy’s blog and her Slow Stitch Sunday link up and thought: Wow! I am going to start yet another project! So this will be my share for Slow Stitch Sunday. I cut some fabric and transferred the image:
This book is old and I’m not very good at transferring images, so it didn’t transfer all that well. I think I can figure it out anyway. Then, because I can never do anything the way the pattern says, I decided to embroider in a teal color:
Boy is this fun!! I’m just doing simple backstitch with a few lazy daisies and french knots thrown in. This will be a super fun filler project.
San Mateo Embroiderers Guild. I discovered this group when myself and the family went to the San Mateo County Fair. They had a booth there and I spent some time talking with the woman who was representing this group. She was so nice and kind and convinced me that anyone (including myself), could learn to embroider. She invited me to the next Guild meeting and then followed up with an email with all the details and I decided to go check it out. That was such a fun morning!! Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Quite a few of the attendees were starting a SAL called Spring Garden and had all their supplies. I had brought my stitching kit and some fabric. I decided to try some of the stitches they were working on and the women near me immediately stepped in to help. It was truly amazing.
In order to receive a copy of this pattern, you must first be a member of the guild. Well…you guessed it…I was so excited about the possibility of being a part of this group that I joined as soon as I could. Things I have learned already since embarking upon The Spring Garden journey…
Transferring a pattern, attaching fabric to a frame, and working on congress cloth. I had previously never done any of these things including stitching something with a hoop or frame. I have always done my cross stitch “in hand”.
Discovering a laying tool and how it is used. I really enjoy using this tool and I LOVE the way the threads lay on the cloth after being held and arranged with the laying tool.
Using a waste knot. Since I have only worked with cross stitch and Aida cloth, I usually just start with the tail held in back and stitch over it. I find that the waste knot method is very easy and much more efficient.
Learning the Slanted Gobelin and Diamond Pavilion stitches.
My goal is to get a couple of sections of the pattern completed before the next meeting so that I can hopefully catch up and complete it on time. Their time line is the end of the summer – so 2 more months. Wish me luck!!