What We’re Stitching 4

Now that their felt fabric pieces for the design are in place my students in the Mi Casa es Su Casa class at the Asociación Española de Patchwork Festival will begin to add decorative details with thread. I know it is sometimes difficult to make color decisions when adding hand embroidery. But remember, you can always remove the thread if you don’t like it!

One tip is to repeat colors throughout the piece. Here you see blue French knots added to the V shapes of the fly stitches around the roof top. The blue house and blue threads in the grass repeat that color. And I’ll be sure to add more blue to the design elsewhere as it progresses.

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!

Bridge House Process #3

I’m happy to say that I have a vague idea of what I’m doing.

The elements of the bridge house composition are first stitch-tacked into place. Or at least the bridge part is. The house and water (that blue fabric on the side) will be attached later.

Blanket stitches made with a size 12 Sprouts thread anchor the clouds to the green silk background fabric. Then I fill out the bridge with scattered seed stitches using a size 8 Lime Frappe thread and French knots using an Oranges size 8. This “bridge” has a garden of plants growing on it. Or so I’m told.

Now the house shape is stitched to the top of the bridge with that same size 12 Sprouts thread used before. The water fabric, a blue felt, fits under the bridge shape. The water is stitched with a size 12 Aquamarine thread and rows of wavy stem stitches. What a great place to live!