I have been in the mood for embroidery lately. It is fun, soothing, and makes for awesome gifts. This is the little wall hanging I finished last weekend: it measures 12″ x 13″, with simple quilted lines, and a bit of fall colors to frame everything.
The green ric-rac adds whimsy and evokes the green of the flowers which I chose not to use on the embroidery. I wanted the center block to stand out and so I kept the borders (and quilting) simple.
I used DMC thread for the embroidery, and Aurifil to piece and quilt the wall hanging: I managed to use 4 different Aurifil thread weights in one tiny project! My choice of Osnaburg fabric for the background came back to haunt me because its open fibers made the stitches sink – when I doubled the thread the stitches looked chunky. Ai, ai, ai. Overall, I think it turned out fine, though.
I got the design from the book Stitches from the Garden by Kathy Schmitz. When I started going through its pages I was amazed at how dainty, how creative, and how easy-to-make the designs were. You can make them just as Kathy did or, like me, use her designs as inspiration for your own projects.
Here are some of my favorite projects:
I have already transferred this and another design to tea towels, which are my next embroidery project. They will make great gifts!
Kathy is a master at combining embroidery design and fabric. Pay attention to her choices and you can copy them while tailoring the elements (colors, textures) to your own taste. This book is a treasure trove of possibilities! If you are into embroidery, or would like to learn, this is a must-have.
Martingale is giving away a copy of the Stitches from the Garden book (print for US and Canada residents, eVersion – which is the one I have – for blog followers outside the US) to one lucky winner!
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