Bonnie’s Home, Sweet Home project
Do you find that making things occupies a part of your mind that calms everything down and transports you to a different “zone”? I know I do. And I’m so happy when you enjoy the soothing act of creation too.
Here you see a creation by Bonnie who lives in Juneau, Alaska. This is her version of the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial. Her handwork is beautifully done and the excellent machine stitching on the ground gives me great ideas.
Jen made this version of the Rare Songbird project from my book, Joyful Stitching. I really like her thread color choices and the ways she’s stitched the bug and grass. It’s so good to see how others interpret a design and make it their own.
Thank you, Bonnie and Jen, for sharing your artwork with us. I hope you had many soothing hours with needle and thread.
For those of you who love to hand stitch, I highly recommend hand embroidery on wool. Thread glides smoothly through the cloth, no hoop is needed, your hands are caressed by the fabric, and knots (if you use them) hide in the bulky fabric. It’s a rich, gentle fabric ideal for hand embroidery.
Cut out wool shapes with sharp scissors and attach them to the background fabric with a pin or tacking stitches.Usually I stitch a Blanket Stitch around the edges to hold the shape in place.
Here you see that the Blanket Stitch in red has a second thread (green) whipped through the top edge of the stitch to give more definition to the outline of the shape. I’m also experimenting with stacking Fly Stitches to make leaf shapes using a variegated size 8 thread called Lettuce. Although the Fly Stitches are stitched closely together, it is easy to stitch through the wool.
My favorite source for colorful wool is hand dyed by Tracy Trevethan. The Wooly Ladies also carry wool suitable for hand work as do many of your local quilt shops. In the Rare Songbird project from my book, Joyful Stitching, I use a hand-dyed wool for the background. And many of these free tutorials on my Rare Songbird project from my book, Tutorial Page use their hand dyed wools as well. Give it a try. Your hands will thank you!
It was a year ago that this lovely plant along with the first copy of my new book, Joyful Stitching, arrived at my house. You’ll be happy to know the plant is still alive. It’s a miracle!
And in celebration of keeping the plant alive for a year, I’ll be giving away a copy of the book. Just leave a comment below and you may be the lucky winner. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.