Traci and Sylvia from Woolin Rouge asked if I would review one of their patterns and I chose their Humming Birdie Table Runner. I interviewed both of them about their new company here and here. Isn’t it a cool pattern? I am used to seeing and doing wool applique against darker backgrounds (think primitive designs), so the colors appealed to me.
I chose to repeat the trellis blue background on the outer border and am pleased with the overall effect.
Above you can see the color I picked for the backing in keeping with the cheerful, Spring look of the table runner. The embroidery was done with DMC floss and Presencia (my left hand gave up so I did not add any spines on the leaves and placed fewer details on the birds’ wings… $#@&!).
For the quilting I used variegated Superior thread, Rainbow line. This one had the exact colors of the runner: blue, purple, green. A great find although my Bernina did not always like working with it. Notice the machine embroidery stitch (little leaves) I used to stitch in the ditch of the outer border and top of birdie block.
The pattern includes directions for the placemats and napkins. The diagrams included are very helpful because there are a few different shapes to keep track of as you cut the wool. If you use their hand dyed wool (featured on my table runner), each piece will tell you what you will be using it for to avoid confusion.
We suddenly have a cloudy, windy day in Utah so I could not take pictures outside, but I think you get an idea of the beauty of this project.
Amongst their patterns they have a Holly Birdie table runner I am keeping on my wish list. Gotta have some more Friday finishes first!
I am linking to a couple of Friday linky parties to show off my new table runner. First I will go get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and then I will stop by Crazy Mom Quilts. I hope they like it as much as I do.