It’s hand embroidery that brings this little quilt to life! Stitches outline shapes making them pop off the surface. Threads build pattern and texture and even create shapes like the sidewalk above made with blanket stitches and French knots.
And what do you need to make those stitches? Thread, of course, but you also need high quality embroidery needles. I recommend needles in sizes 1, 3, and 5 for pearl cotton threads. And the lucky winner of this packet of hand embroidery needles is Sue S. Congratulations!
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.