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!
In keeping with the theme that I’ve lost touch with reality, my embroidered sheep acquires green fleece. French Knots and Bullion Knots (Size 8 Lime Frappe pearl cotton thread) placed closely together resemble the curl of sheep’s wool, don’t you think? These stitches also have the advantage of lifting off the surface of the fabric evoking the cushy texture of a woolly sheep.
This is what I love about free form embroidery. Like a good mystery novel, you discover as you stitch. Each stitch gives you a clue as to what the next stitch should be. And as you progress through the embroidery, you become more confident of how it will end.
Stay tuned for more fascinating sheep stories soon.
I’m a picture person. An odd shape of fabric or random doodle on paper always conjures up an picture or image in my mind. These few random stitches on wool above suggested an image to me. Can you guess what it is?
I think its a sheep. Now, I don’t know much about sheep or goats or any of those animals with curly horns. But when you improvised a stitched image, who cares? I’ve extended the original couched thread shape to form the animal’s body. Now that I have an outline, I can fill it in and hope to becomes a creature of some sort.
When learning a new skill, do you learn by watching another person do it, by listening to directions, or by reading about how to do it?
During my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool classes students are given a book with embroidery stitch directions. But I’m also happy to demonstrate stitches and talk them through the process of acquiring a new stitching skill.
The set of stitches above are from one of those demonstrations showing a closed Blanket Stitch, Bullion Knots, and Couching. Could this sampler of stitches be used as a jumping off point for a new design? Stay tuned and we’ll see if I can turn those random stitches into something.
I don’t dye wool. But I do buy wool. And I have a favorite hand-dyed wool supplier you may be interested in,Tracy Trevethan. Tracy has a wide range of bright, clear colors.
Check out the Wool Stitch Along
The wool Tracy dyes is perfect for the Wool Stitch along project where we make a leaf. The leaf is sort of a sampler of different embroidery stitches and combinations that make texture and pattern. So get some of that yummy wool by Tracy Trevethan and give it a try!
Embroidery on wool by Paula
During my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class students seem to focus on different goals. In class they make simple sketches, transfer the sketch to a swatch of wool, and embellish it with embroidery. Some focus on the sketch or design creating something personal to them. Others find thread color choices and placement important. There are also students who want to learn how to make certain stitches.
And then there are those like Paula (above) who make a sampler type of embroidery. It’s a way to explore different stitch combinations and make a beautiful piece of art work at the same time. Thank you, Paula, for sharing your sweet wool embroidery with us. Love the bee!