Give-Away: Silk for Your Landscape


Yellow House Landscape by Laura Wasilowski

Do you have this phobia? Are you worried that silk is a scary, exotic fabric, difficult to work with, and too expensive to waste? Let me help you overcome this debilitating fear.

micropensIn the Yellow House project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, we use a small piece (9″ x 11″) of silk. I show you how to mark the landscape design on the silk with a very fine .05 micro pen. After you fuse the silk to wool batting, you’re good to stitch. Nothing scary here.

yellowhouselandscape2Embroider the silk with a size 12 pearl cotton thread and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle. This fine thread glides through the silk easily. In the Yellow House project a variety of embroidery stitches are combined to create a lush landscape in the country.



And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of a swatch of silk for the Yellow House Landscape project in Joyful Stitching. The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

134 thoughts on “Give-Away: Silk for Your Landscape

  1. Love your projects and would love to try embroidery on silk! Love your classes, too, you are so funny and such a joyful teacher. Hope to take another of your classes.

  2. beautiful work!!! i had to do a double take to realize the house was all stitching!!! i thought it was applique…. sorry! love that fabric!!!

  3. Your fabrics and threads are so beautiful. I have a large piece of pink silk fabric. I think I will try this technique

  4. Can’t wait to try silk. It must have a very different feel from using wool background. The color of your background is sumptuous!

  5. Laura,
    This üst might be my “jumping off place” in trying silk for a project, however, it makes me a “nervous nellie” yet I am nonetheless fascinated. Your stitches are so perfect, adding a playfulness to your work that cannot help but inspire. I might never be able to emulate your art with the playful stitches but I just might try. Thank you for then inspiration.

  6. Oh how I love silk! It would be a thrill to win the giveaway and have a chance to do some more stitching with silk.

  7. I just love your work. It really stretches my creativity to see what you do. Thanks for your contribution to the quilting scene. I also enjoy your love for what you do.

  8. Love the two primary colors of the silk. II have never hand sewn with silk, I would love to try.

  9. The silk looks gorgeous and I bet it’s a dream to embroider on it! Thank you for the opportunity for someone to win it.

  10. Love the happy colors! Looks like my place (minus the lake and boat-LOL). Would be great hanging in my house!

  11. I have never tried hand embroidery on silk, but would love to try it. Thanks for a chance to win.

  12. Yellow and ???? on display
    Gives us Joy
    Here to stay
    Silky skies
    Green on the earth
    A peaceful abode
    Time for rebirth

  13. Yes, I would love to try stitching on silk. Something new!!! Love your colors and designs.

  14. Oh my gosh!!! I think I have died and gone to Silk heaven!! This is absolutely gorgeous and I would be proud to own it! Thanks for the chance <3

  15. I love your Yellow House Landscape project and would be thrilled to be the winner of the yellow silk. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  16. The silk has such a gift of looking so rich and flowing. I would love to dabble some stitches on it!! Thanks

  17. I would love to try this! I would also love hints to starting the stitching and finishing off at the end of a thread. Silk is so slippery and seems to resist staying knotted that I have trouble with it coming out!

  18. I love your classes and would love to embroider on silk. The texture and colors are amazing,

  19. I would really enjoy trying to stitch on silk so I hope you pick me. I enjoy all your little art quilts full of stitches. I must finish my spoil of thread kit from you – I just can’t decide what stitches to use. :)

  20. Love, love, love silk. I have sewn garments, butt think embroidery on it would be great.

  21. Silk is lovely. It would make a beautiful landscape with the nice colors. Embroidering on silk would be a lot of fun. Thanks for posting such nice “giveaways “. Your posts are inspiring.

  22. I need to try using silk never think of it. I just bought Your latest book. Some silk would be just what I need.

  23. I love your work! It really inspires me to do embroidery, since I’m so new! Thanks so much!

  24. I would love the chance to stitch on this yellow silk! I’ve never used silk, but I’m ready to try! Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Oh I love the silk fabric! I’ve done some machine embroidery on silk but haven’t tried hand embroidery on it. I need to do this. I have done tons of hand wool embroidery- can’t believe I skipped silk.

  26. Wow! How long did it take you to stitch Yellow House Landscape? It’s beautiful. I’m a newbie to embroidery and I can’t imagine me ever being able to finish such an intricate project.

  27. Hi:
    I have admired this little project on your site. I’m just returning to this type of hand work and would love to try a project on silk.

  28. I enjoy doing handwork and especially embroidery and applique. Would love the opportunity to work on silk.

  29. Your work is so delightful and colorful and absolutely beautiful. I haven’t done embroidery for a number of years, but it would be fun to start up again!

  30. I have painted and dyed silk before, but never thought of embroidery on silk. What a fabulous idea! Would enjoy winning a piece to practice on.

    😉 Linda

  31. Rich fabric with your rich colored threcad…yummy! I have lots of your thread. Now I just need the silk which I’d love to win!

  32. I would love to win that beautiful silk. I love the bright happy yellow & orange silk.
    Thank you for sharing your creations.

    Ida Mae

  33. Love “ Joyfull Stitching” and would enjoy learning to stitch on silk. Thank you for this give away. Jane ????

  34. That fabric is so beautiful just like your lovely cotton
    I’d like to just hang it on the wall

  35. I would love to know more about stabilizers to use with silk, so there is not a need to use a hoop. Any suggestions?

  36. Your silk is dramatically beautiful! I have never stitched on silk, it looks intriguing!

  37. Oh my the silk is so luscious and the depth of colouring/shadowing is perfect for a sunset or sunrise. It would be so wonderful to have the opportunity to stitch using such a pretty piece of home coloured silk!

  38. I’ve never had the nerve to use silk, but would certainly love to try it. I love all your designs. They make me smile!!!

  39. I love stitching on silk and look forward to stitching with the silk fused to wool batting. I haven’t tried working with silk in this manner.

  40. I would love to win this. It is absolutely stunning and such a cheerful pick-me-up like a warm ray of sunshine.

  41. I enjoy your blog because of all the imspiration I get just from seeing how you combine stitches in all of your little works of art! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  42. The colors are gorgeous–and using your variegated threads to embroider will produce a stunning result!

  43. Attended your class in Palm Springs a couple of years ago. Would love to win this beautiful silk embroidery! Win or lose, thanks for sharing your art, and all the hard work from your heart, you put into it. :)

  44. So gorgeous! I would love to try this embroidery with a piece of your beautiful silk. Your work is inspiring

  45. just got your book! I can’t wait to dive in – and this silk piece will help get my party started!

  46. I love the look of the embroidery on the silk! One of my “to do’s” for this year is to do more hand stitching. I love to make handstitched pieces. Last year the quilts I made were mostly machine stitched. So I’m ready to get back to handwork. Your new book came out just at the perfect time for me! Just the book itself is beautiful!

  47. Yes silk scares me. I have never bought any for any reason. I also see it used for painting……

  48. Of all the pieces in the Joyful Stitching book, Yellow House Landscape is my absolute favorite and the silk certainly gives it a special glow.

  49. Silk seems so exotic yet you’re able to make it look like fun with your delightful sense of whimsy!

  50. I love the feel of silk but have been afraid to use it. This giveaway would provide the chance to try embroidering on silk.

  51. I just got your new book and absolutely love it!! It’ so colorful and fun! I’m going to trace my grand-nephew’s hand, then fill it in with stitches on wool and give it to him for Christmas. I’m in WI & he’s in CO but we’re very close so it will be a special gift. Also plan to try a silk project similar to your picture, but of our cottage. Going to take the plunge into silk because it’s so beautiful. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  52. Never thought about using wool batting with silk. I usually avoid silk as I find it difficult to work with. Always something new to try. Hope a prior win doesn’t preclude me from subsequent drawings.

  53. I love the shimmer of the silk fabric but especially like the idea of the varied colors of the leaves in the tree.

  54. What a beautiful piece of yellow silk. I’ve never done any stitching in silk but would love to try. Great tip to fuse silk to wool batting. Fingers crossed ;-D

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  55. What a beautiful silk. I really enjoyed your earlier silk stitch a long. It was fun to use a leftover piece of silk from an old favorite outfit.

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