Stitching Silk: Where It Begins

My collection of hand-dyed silk is so enticing! I’ve been hoarding boxes of this beautiful fabric for years. And now it’s time to set the beauties free. Many of my silks are 14 momme silk jacquards like these purchased as white fabric from Exotic Silks and then dyed with Procion MX Fiber Reactive dyes.

Other silks are prints from thrift stores that I’ve over-dyed like this green print for the tree trunks. Behind each fabric is Misty Fuse a lightweight fusible web ideal for silk. After I free-cut shapes for the design, I assemble them on wool batting, iron or fuse them into place, and steam set the quilt top to the batting.

Here you see the first hand embroidery stitches applied using my hand-dyed threads. The silk is so easy to stitch with Sizes 12 and 8 pearl cotton threads.

Have you been hoarding silk fabrics too? Maybe it’s time to set them free and create new art. Let them shine!

Embroider Your Fortune!

Who needs a palm reader? After all, with free-form embroidery, you can stitch your own fortune! That’s why I’ve developed a new online class for you called Hand of Fortune.

Here’s how the class works:

Using a background fabric attached to batting, you design your embroidery as you stitch, creating texture, color, and pattern.

And as you enjoy this slow, meditative art form, you learn 14 hand embroidery stitches and how to combine stitches to create lively patterns.

I’ll also show you examples to inspire your next stitch project.

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Bridge House Process #4

Too many distractions called me away from this piece made with felt on a silk background. But now I’m back and ready to add a festive garden on top of the bridge. Created with French knots, the variegated size 8 Asters colorway gives me a variety of flower colors so I don’t have to change threads. As you know, garden design is all about placement of color.

A few more trees are added to the horizon line using a Fern stitch and a size 12 Lettuce thread. Lettuce repeats the greens found in the bridge, house, and background fabric. It’s a way to tie everything together and a way to make me happy.

Bridge House #3 by Laura Wasilowski

Another garden is stitched across the water line, and the trees have taken on some Prinky Phlox berries made with French knots. Now that Bridge House #3 is complete, it is time to find a new project unless, of course, I get distracted again!