Wednesday, February 19, 2014

On a roll

They should have an Olympic event for stitching--how much can you get done while watching three hours of prime time coverage a night. I'm not sure I would win a medal, but I am proud of my achievements!


Over the last few nights I actually finished project number two--the project I started simply because it was prepped when I finished project number one for February.


Here it is, another gorgeous pattern from Wellington House Designs' North Woods series. As with the pattern I finished last month, this embroidery will be a pillow for my brother-in-law's Christmas present. I seem to have chosen fall and winter designs. Maybe next year I will do spring and summer!


I absolutely love the simplicity of these designs, but sometimes as I stitched, I felt a little guilty for just working someone else's pattern. But, that changed as I progressed with this little scene and started looking at how the different numbers of thread strands and the different stitches worked up. Yes, of course I've stitched all these stitches before, but something clicked over the last few nights and gave me IDEAS.


Last year I drew up some silly patterns that I wanted to stitch sometime, but figuring out the stitches and transfer techniques threw me. Now, I see that if I clean up my designs, I can photocopy them onto the sticky dissolvable fabric and experiment with the same types of simple lines shown here. I'm going to search through my papers when I get home and see if I can find that drawing. I may make a designer of myself yet!


In the meantime, I did what I promised and prepped project number three in advance. It is all ready to start when the Olympics come on again at 8 pm tonight!



  1. this is lovely! right up my alley. I'm with you about stitching other people's designs, but I'm glad you were able to get some ideas to carry forward into your own work. I don't have too much of a problem creating the designs - if I could just figure out how to get the darn things into a graphic design program!! I need iDraw for Dummies LOL!!

    1. Oh absolutely! But I need a new computer first. Those vector design programs are so complicated! That's one reason I like these designs--5 they are hand drawn!

  2. what a great piece, look forward to seeing your own designs soon