In these interesting times many of us find ourselves on the edge. And by “on the edge” I mean the fear of how to finish the edges of fabric shapes while attaching them to a background fabric at the same time. So I’ve come up with a few suggestions to alleviate your fears. Luckily, there are several ways of attaching fabric shapes to a background fabric. The Blanket Stitch, seen in the first shape, is your basic attachment. It gives a sense of stability along with a jolly little decorative feature. Then there is the Fern Stitch, Running Stitch, and novel Pistil Stitch. All delightful ways to anchor a piece into place.
But wait, there’s more! Place a heavy thread like the Size 3 around the fabric shape and couch or hold it into place with Lazy Daisy, Pistil, or plain old Straight Stitches. The ever popular Fly Stitch gives you a pointy edge and the heavy duty Chain Stitch firmly echoes the circular shape in our last example.
I hope this alleviates some of your fears. Remember, hand embroider is meant to soothe in troubling times. It is a quiet pursuit that gives you something to do with your hands rather than wringing them. Have fun!
It was so nice to hear from the young and reckless regarding one of my patchwork hearts that I’m giving away. Thank you to all who left a comment and the winner is: Deborah U. Congratulations Deborah!
This is how I’ve finished my version of the heart shape cut from an older quilt with hand embroidery. It has been stitched to a felt background fabric with a blanket stitch. Later I whip stitched a size 3 pearl cotton thread through the top edge of the blanket stitch to add more pizzazz around the shape. Not sure how I’ll finish up the felt background. But I’m so happy to have found a use for this old quilt and can’t wait to make more!
Frieda’s House (in process) by Laura Wasilowski
Soon I leave my cozy home and start on my teaching travels. There is the worry of packing and trying to remember how to teach the classes after 2 months off. But for now, I’m enjoying stitching for pleasure with my hand-dyed threads on felt.
Lea Ann’s Embroidery
Others are enjoying embroidery too. A few weeks ago I gave away skeins of a mis-dyed thread now known as Bordeaux. One of the winners, Lea Ann, created this wonderful stitchery using the purple thread. It is embroidered on an interfacing hand painted by Judith Baker Montano, one of the greats of the embroidery world.
Thank you Lea Ann for sharing your work and thank you to all who left comments for the recent give away of size 3 hand dyed threads. The lucky winners are: Carol C, Gene B, and another Jean. Congratulations!