Whimsy Lane #4 by Laura Wasilowski
I’m happy to announce that the hand embroidery is all complete on my little house quilt, Whimsy Lane #4. It was a pleasure to stitch. And I want you to enjoy some hand stitching too!
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Things are moving along swiftly now with the hand embroidery on this little house quilt. I’ve added a set of blue flowers along the hill top made with the Bullion Stitch. They look so happy!
Soon I’ll be finished with the fields and water shapes on the lower part of the design too. That open crisscross area in orange thread is a lose version of Needle Weaving. Don’t you love the texture!
Next up on my little house quilt is the hand embroidery on the 3 flowers on the hill. I can see how this can be compared to Folk Art. The stitching is rather loose. It’s not very refined but it is expressive.
Yes, that’s the word I’m looking for: expressive! As in I’m expressing how much fun I’m having. Someone recently asked me what my hobbies were. Number one of the list: hand embroidery.
Ah, the Blanket Stitch! Whether innie or outie, it is a cozy outline stitch for my house with the flower roof. Flip it out and the house looks like a porcupine resides inside. Flip it in and the flower looks trim and neat. I’m using a Size 12 Lemons thread and really enjoying how the stitching brings the quilt to fife.
A blue house without hand embroidery.
I must admit it. Deciding on how to hand embroider this little house quilt was a challenge. Not sure why. Could it be the design, the colors, or lack of sleep from studio cleaning?
Following my own advice, I began with the focal point, the house. You may be surprised to learn that I don’t do windows at my house. But I do do windows on quilts. (It’s complicated.) A few straight stitches in Size 8 Oranges and I’m on my way! Stay tuned for more stitching this week.
My messy studio. This is the fusing table.
Thank you everyone for helping me rid my studio of those pesky fused fabric scraps. Our finale winner is Terri H. May she fuse in peace.
Meanwhile, I’m using them up a great speed myself. Here is my latest little house quilt made from scraps and ready for the embroidery stitches. I’ll show you my progress this coming week once I recover from cleaning up my studio. ARRRRRGGGGG!