Image living here! Painting the Town is another project in my new book Playful Free-Form Embroidery. In this design on felt, 5 little houses swirl around a paintbrush madly painting every edifice in the village. We should all live in such a colorful community!
Each house is created with a different set of stitch combinations to keep you on your toes. And the bristles on the paintbrush are made with a variegated skein of size 8 Rainbow Rich thread so you don’t have to change thread colors.
It was an ordeal coming up with a name for this colorway of thread, Prinky Phlox. But just when I thought I’d have to resort to a bland name like pink/purple, I noticed the phlox flowers in my garden. The color of the thread and the flower matched perfectly!
The term “prinky” is sort of a play on the word “pinkie”. Prinky means showy or bedecked. Thus the thread colorway called Prinky Phlox was born.
Winner of Giveaway #3
The lucky winner of this skein of Prinky Phlox is……Betty M. May your artwork always be prinky and bedecked.
There is an old proverb stating that “the road to a friend’s house is never long”. This aphorism reminds me of the many friendships I’ve made over the years as a traveling quilt teacher. No matter where I go, my quilt friends are always welcoming and kind.
In celebration of those friendships, I came up with this design for my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery.A Friend’s House is embroidered on a wool background with felt shapes for the sheep and birdhouse. The free-standing stitched shapes like the bird, fence, and sun are made with thread alone. Complete directions are given in the book.
This week the gift is a skein of size 8 pearl cotton called Prinky Phlox used to make the fence for A Friend’s House.
Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner!
Please note that the giveaway closes on Thursday and I announce the winner on Friday. Meantime, please check out my online class, Little House in the Woods, and learn how to make this sweet little house design on the front cover of the book.
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