Have you ever started so many things and not completely finished any of them you start to question your ability to follow through!
This weekend I seem to have flitted from one WIP to the next and still not finished any (!) but hey – I had fun so whats the problem! Here’s the result on my work table…
To the untrained eye this is indeed a mess however, to me I see many things that delight and enthrall – we have Baltimore blocks, hexie remnants, gorgeous new wool felt for some more new designs, threads, hoops and oh so many wonderful things – this is a place of beauty ! – but in order to please those with an untrained eye I had better put the tidying of the table on my WIP list as well!
Looking forward to sharing Mr Bear with you newbies this week – he is a delight to stitch so be sure to check in Thursday so you can make him for yourself.
Don’t you just love hexies! Being a total fan of all the traditional quilting designs and techniques I had to transfer my love of Hexies to my love of hand embroidery. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to achieve at the start apart from hexies and colour so I let it develop organically!…
Stitcky Fabri solvy proved to be my lifesaver yet again so no tricky transferring needed. I also happened to have treated myself to these gorgeous threads from paintbox threads and this seemed to be the perfect project to spoil with them.
Deciding what to stitch? I am not one for planning a whole lot (!) I like to see what takes my fancy as a I go and these little hexies just seemed perfect to showcase some different types of stitches – the threads are so scrummy I wanted something simple to highlight the individual colours…
As you can see above, French Knots fill an entire hexie and the texture and colour work perfectly. I also decided to use back stitch, seed stitch, chain stitch and long stitch for a bit of variety.
So in these hexies I went with the gorgeous trellis stitch for the yellow grid effect, simple running stitch just randomly stitched across the hexie in the mauve which gave an interesting ad hoc effect and then my personal favourite is the couching stitch hexie – the lime green thread anchored down with the pink contrast looks amazing and was really easy to achieve.
Thats all I have managed to complete for now so will update on the progress when I have stitched some more! If you think you might enjoy hand embroidering your own Hexie sampler, I will post a link to the template when I have finished my design.
Trace the heart template on to your SFS, peel off the backing and then stick it to your felt.
The Embroidery Floss I used is DMC stranded and I used 2 strands throughout to stitch the design.
Start by stitching the outer most line in back stitch.
Complete the 3 other outlines in Back Stitch alternating colours if preferred.
The centre lines are stitched in Fly Stitch – start at the top of the left line and stitch a continuous line of Fly stitch down to the bottom and then do the same to the right side.
Now trim the excess SFS off from around your design just like the picture.
Next, Place the whole piece in a bowl of luke warm water (make sure the whole design is submerged) and leave it for an hour. You will see the stabilser start to dissolve just like magic!
After about an hour, take it out and run it under a tap of luke warm water to remove any little stubborn bits that are still hanging around. Then squeeze out any excess water keeping the felt flat – you can place it between 2 towels and press hard to squeeze out quite a bit of the water and then hang it up to dry.
Displaying in a hoop…
Iron a piece of Bondaweb to the Back of your Heart (before you cut the felt shape out).
Using sharp scissors, carefully cut around the outer edge of the heart approx. 1/8th inch from your stitches – if you are not confident then a bigger space of 1/4 inch will still look fine.
Remove the paper backing of the bondaweb and then iron the heart centrally to your chosen piece of fabric.
Cut the Heart shape out as described for the above hoop art then take your second piece of felt and place it on the back of the Heart (Embroidery side up).
Hoop up your design and display!
Making a Felt Decoration…
Using a sewing thread to match the colour of the felt, sew a nice tiny neat running stitch around the edge sewing the 2 pieces together. Start at one of the lower sides and sew up to the centre top – just before the centre top – take your ribbon – fold it in half and insert the 2 ends in between the pieces of felt at the top just enough so they will be sewn in securely and give you a nice hanging loop.
Continue with the running stitch and then before you reach where you started – leave a big enough gap to insert your stuffing – pop sufficiant in to plump it up so it is soft and squidgy and then close the gap and secure in the ends to the back.
Finally you are going to very carefully cut around the remaining felt edges to create your heart.
And there you have it, 2 lovely options for a very simple design.
Come back next week when I will show you how to stitch the next Hand Embroidery pattern called Mr Bear.