Hand embroidery builds texture, pattern, and character. This small stitchery (9″ x 7″) by Sandi is a great example of free-form embroidery on a piece of hand-dyed silk. Taking my Free-Stitched Embroidery Landscape class last year, she brought her creation to a recent class in Sisters, OR. I love how she used the color gradation of the single piece of fabric to make this lovely mountain landscape. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us Sandi!
Will you be at Quilt Expo in Madison WI this September? I hope so! I’m teaching 2 half-day classes of Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. Here you see what my students created in that same class in a few hours in Sister, OR.
Join me and you’ll learn how to transfer your own design to wool, about needles and threads for your project, and how to combine stitches to built texture and pattern. It’s a fun, relaxing class.
It’s not often you get a chance to transform something old into something new. But like a magician, I shall soon turn this old quilt (2005) into a snappy updated version. And all through the magic of hand embroidery.
Can you see it changing right before your eyes? Good, cause it’s taken me several hours and several TV shows to get it to this point. This is a small piece (9″ x 9″) so I’m using fine, size 12 threads on the rather small elements that make up the design.
But I’ve decided to fill in the face with more French Knots using a Size 8 Peas in the Pod pearl cotton thread. To distract myself from that goofy face, I’m adding on the Chain Stitch to outline the horns.
You may have noticed that I keep my threads on binder rings. It’s a great way to keep them from tangling. Here’s a tutorial on how to make your own ring of colorful threads.
There seems to be a color theme going on here. Using more French Knots and Bullion Knots (Size 8 Violets pearl cotton thread), I latch on to the rainbow color scheme for the sheep’s body. And I fully embrace this color theme. Why? Cause I have no other ideas right now.
Maybe it’s the heat. My brain goes into low power mode in the weather and refreshing visits to the garden aren’t happening. My Princess Louise poppies are quickly leaving the scene but I managed to get this photo of one early in the morning. It looks so happy!