Rethinking Embroidery #2

Ever build a house? I’m no architect, but I do know you want siding on your home. Otherwise, it will be very drafty.

My next adventure in rethinking this step-out from the Yellow House project in Joyful Stitching is to finish the house.

Landscaping around the house is necessary too. (Please note that my hands never touch a shovel, and my back thanks me.) But there is some heavy lifting to complete the landscaping. Filling in the area with long and short stitches for the grassy area takes time. The good news is that I’m using a variegated size 12 thread called Lime Frappe, so I don’t have to change thread colors as I stitch.

And those trees along the horizon line? Sets of bullion knots using a size 12 Lettuce, only mildly variegated. Don’t you love how the trees pop off the background fabric? I should have been an arborist!

How to Rethink Embroidery Projects #1

Yellow House Landscape by Laura Wasilowski

How do you rethink or reinvent an embroidery project? Yellow House Landscape is a project for my book Joyful Stitching. And I still have all the step-outs (stages of making the piece) created for the book photos. So I can’t just let those partially made embroideries hide in a closet! Time to air them out and rethink a new design using a step-out as the canvas.

Compare the completed Yellow House (top) with a step-out released from the closet (bottom). Both are stitched on silk fabric using size 12 pearl cotton threads. The silk is fused to wool batting using Misty Fuse fusible web.

See the lines drawn on the silk? These simple lines are drawn with a very fine Staedtler (.3mm or .5mm acid-free) micro pen and to help with the placement of elements in the design. Later, I’ll cover the lines with stitching.

Challenge accepted. I shall now reinvent the Yellow House design! Wish me luck!

Creating Calm


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.