Cut and Stitch the Sky: Frieda’s Nut House #2

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As we begin our Frieda’s Nut House stitch-along you’ll note that we are using felt fabric as our canvas.

Why felt?

Felt is easy to stitch saving your delicate hands. It does not fray, giving neat edges. And felt (like this from  Commonwealth Felt) comes in a wide variety of dense rich colors. I suggest felt with at least a 25% or 35% wool content so it doesn’t pill.

Now that you’ve gathered your felt, pattern, and threads, we launch right into creating a nut house for all seasons. If you’re just joining us, see a list of what you need on Frieda’s Nut House Stitch-Along Tutorial page.

Step #2

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  • Download and print out this Word document of the Frieda’s Nut House pattern. Or print out this PDF of the Frieda’s Nut House pattern.
  • Trace the sky and ground pattern using tracing paper and a black marker.
  • Pin the traced patterns on the respective fabrics and cut out the shapes.

Step # 3

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  • Center and pin the sky shape about 1 1/2″ up from the base of the background fabric.
  • Stitch tack into place and remove the pins. 
  • Stitch Blanket Stitches around the edge of the sky shape. Leave the bottom edge free of stitches. Use a size 12 thread (like Oceanand a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Remove the tacking stitches.

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  • Center and pin the ground shape about 1/4″ over the lower edge of the sky. 
  • Stitch tack into place and remove the pins. 
  • Stitch Blanket Stitches around the side and top edges of the ground shape. Use a size 12 thread (like Emerald Isle).
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches around the lower edge of the ground to make leaves using the same color of thread.
  • Remove the tacking stitches.

How to Make a Nut House: Frieda’s Nut House #1

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Frieda’s Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

Ever consider living in a nut house? Here you see an exact replica of my friend Frieda’s nut house. Having visited her home, I can say it is authentic right down to the oak leaf sprouting from the roof top.

Frieda’s Nut House is also my latest stitch-along!

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This sweet stitch project is small (5″ x 6 1/2″). I’m using colorful wool felt fabric from  Commonwealth Felt and my hand-dyed pearl cotton threads. You can purchase the felt and thread kits for the project here. Or use what ever you have on hand. 

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I’ll give you step-by-step directions from cutting the fabric shapes using the free pattern to the final hand embroidery stitch.

Please note that directions are first given here on the blog then added to Frieda’s Nut House Stitch-Along page.

Ready to start? Great!

Thanks for joining me!

Step #1

Click here for a Frieda’s Nut House Stitch Kit or assemble the following items:

  • Felt made with at least 25% or 35% wool (or other fabric of your choice) in the following colors: 
  • Turquoise 4.5″ x 6″ for the background
  • Light blue 4″ x 4″ for the sky
  • Pea green 4.5″ x 2″ for the ground
  • Yellow Gold 6″ x 8″ for the backing
  • Sewing thread for transferring the pattern shapes (or used the green size 12 below)
  • Tracing paper for transferring the pattern shapes
  • Size 8 pearl cotton threads in these variegated colors: orange, turquoise, lavender/pink, green (Artfabrik colorways: OrangesAquamarinePrinky PhloxLettuce)
  • Size 12 pearl cotton threads in these variegated colors: light blue, purple, yellow, green, orange (Artfabrik colorways: OceanVioletsButterEmerald IsleOranges)
  • Size 3 and 5 hand embroidery needles
  • Download and print out this Word document of the Frieda’s Nut House pattern. Or print out this PDF of the Frieda’s Nut House pattern.

And More of Your Work

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Cat by Ann

Don’t you just love it!  Ann makes best use of the wool background fabric when stitching this feisty feline. So much personality created with just a few stitches. Ann says, “I took your class when you came to the Hinsdale embroidery guild. Thought I’d share my finished cat!  Has been a wonderful project to work on these days. Thank you for all your directions especially to remember you can take something out!” 
 
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Apple Basket by Mary

Mary used a free pattern given to those who have purchased something from the Artfabrik Store to make this piece. And diverting from the pattern directions, she’s placed the fused shapes on a large batik background fabric. This really livens up the design. What a great idea! Her hand embroidery really adds to the piece too.
 
Thank you Ann and Mary for sharing your beautiful work with us! 
 

What You’ve Been Up To

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Kearstie’s version of the Tools of the Trade stitch-along

Thank you all for joining me on my recent stitch-along, Home, Sweet Home. I hope you enjoyed it. And I’m pleased to see others have completed the previous stitch-along, Tools of the Trade. Here you see Kearstie’s version of it. The innovative fabric borders frame her hand stitchery beautifully. And I love that extra wiggle in the stitching of the brush hairs.

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Kathy’s version of the Tools of the Trade stitch-along

In Kathy’s version of the Tools stitch-along, she chose her own wonderful colorways and executed the design delightfully. She says she “learned so much in the Stitch Along.” I’m so happy to hear that, Kathy!

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Christine’s version of the Tools of the Trade stitch-along

Christine created this version of the Tools project. She says, “I really enjoyed stitching it and I am hoping to join in stitching your new project soon. I’ve been stitching along with lots of different stitch-a-longs and it’s brilliant for keeping busy!!” You can see more of Christine’s work on her Instagram and Facebook pages @patchworkallsorts.

Thank you, ladies, for sharing your work with us! I hope the hours spent with needle and thread were enjoyable and creative.

How to Finish: Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #7

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Home, Sweet Home by Laura Wasilowski

Now approaching the finish line! The hand embroidery is complete on your Home, Sweet Home quilt and it is time to bind the quilt and to add machine quilting if you like. The finishing method used for our project quilt is the Pillowcase Binding. The Pillowcase Binding gives you nice clean edges and is easy to do.  

(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

Step #21

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Step #22

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  • Machine quilt the quilt using a titanium or chrome coated embroidery needle and free-motion stitching. (Please note that this step is optional. It is not necessary to machine quilt the piece.)
  • To add free-motion stitching, drop the feed dogs on the machine and guide the needle around all the organic shapes in the design while moving the quilt.
  • Add a hanging sleeve across the top part of the quilt if desired.

Congratulations! You did it! Please send me a photo of your artwork. I’d love to see it. Send to: laura at artfabrik.com

Where to Embroidery Next: Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #6

stitchafter3As you stitch your Home, Sweet Home quilt, you ask, “Laura, why don’t we use an embroidery hoop on the fabric?”

Here’s why: A hoop stretches and frays fused fabric shapes. And we rely on the batting to provide stability for you to get a grip on the quilt as you stitch.

Thus the term “get a grip!”

(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

Step #16

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  • Stitch French Knots around the outside edges of the roof. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle. 
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches around the dot on the house. Use a size 12 thread (like Oranges).
  • Stitch a straight stitch inside each loop of the Lazy Daisies. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).

Step #17

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Step #18

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  • Stitch Fly Stitches across the pinked edge of the grass and Stem Stitches down each side of the grass. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).
  • Stitch 3 straight stitches vertically at the base of each flower and stitch Chain Stitches from the base of the flowers to the leaves to make stems. Use that same color of thread. 

Step #19

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  • Stitch Stem Stitches down each edge of each flower and stitch Blanket Stitches across the top of the flowers. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter). 
  • Stitch French Knots across the top of each flower using that same color of thread.  
  • Stitch Fern Stitches down each leaf from the tip to the base. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).

Step #20

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