Friday, July 7, 2017

Trying out embroidery

As I mentioned in my last blog I am not much of an embroidery person. Before I turned into a quilter I was a cross stitcher. Once I found quilting the cross stitch fell by the wayside. I am pretty happy on how the circles are going so far. I need to get some milliners needles for some of the stitches I want to do. The only needles I have that will accommodate pearl cottons have a wide eye area. I need some straight needles for wrap stitches such as bullion knots. The wide eye will not go through the wrapped stitches. See what I learned this week? So far I have done fly stitches, knotted fly stitches, crested chain, French knots, and Pekingese stitches. Love how these edge stitches round out my not so perfect circles!



We finally hung some quilts this week. We hung 2 of my pixel quilts. The red one is called "Broken" and was made last November. The blue green one is called "Sunlight in the Forest." I don't think I ever posted many images of "Broken."






Well now these 2 quilts are off of the floor in my sewing room. I caught my cat sleeping on them more than once.  Linking to Nina-Marie at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/.

Thanks for reading.
Chris

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Circles sewn down

I have finished handstitching the circles on the hand dyed wool for the kit that my daughter gave me for Christmas. I am not much of a hand appliqué person so they are not perfect. I was surprised how some of the fabrics shrink up more than others making some of the circles smaller. The embroidery stitches that I will do around them will certainly compensate for that. I have picked out some threads for the embroidery as you can see in the second photo. Maybe that's too many? Should I leave out the blues? 

Did I mention that I am not much of an embroidery person either? I guess I will be learning some new skills!

Linking to Nina-Marie at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Circles

Linking to Nina-Marie at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com

I have all the circles for the kit my daughter gave me for Christmas turned under. I have arranged them on the hand dyed wool and will begin stitching them down. After they are stitched I will add fancy embroidery around the edges. They will look like pebbles when they are done. I wanted something with a lot of handwork to take to meetings in our development.




I decided that the place to hang my blue and orange quilt is over the railing in our loft. I still have to sew binding on and wash it.


Thanks for reading.
Chris