Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Getting there. Nearly ready to start stitching

Another productive day getting things ready to join in the stitch along with Katie Dawson.
I have a link to her website in my very first post. An Enticing Stitch Along.

I have prepared my piece using a very fine lawn fabric that I had in my stash. Very pleased I chose this fabric, as it was even easier to trace on, as I didn't even require my light box.

Katie, in one of her video tutorials, shows a nifty idea that I hadn't thought of before. You should actually use masking tape and tape your photocopy onto the back of your fabric. It saves a lot of headaches and stops your fabric from slipping around, light box or not.

I then went on to practice my satin stitching. I have shown a few steps to help you along. Remember that us lefties work from right to left.

After you have finished, if you are not entirely happy with your stitching, a nifty idea that I picked from somewhere or other is to slide your needle under your stitches and wiggle it around carefully until you find your stitches are sitting flatter.  I have only used a very cheap embroidery thread in the demonstration .  Waste not want not I say.  I will be using my gorgeous Cottage Garden Variegated Threads for the project itself.   You can purchase these from Katie's website if you like.

Last thing I need to do tonight is to baste my fine interfacing to my fabric.  Katie suggests you used weaveline and yes I do love using this product and recommend it highly.  It is just that I do not have any left in my stash at the moment so using up what I do have.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gathering supplies for the Stitch Along

I spent a lovely half hour yesterday afternoon gathering my supplies for the stitch along.
I was lucky enough to have everything in my stash.  😀

 I have photocopied the fox from the Enchanted Forest coloring book.  Katie suggests in her video tutorial that you enlarge 170% but my home photocopier only goes to 140%.  This is quite a nice size for this project for me.  I am thinking that instead of a cushion, I will most likely frame my finished piece.
The next job will be to trace it onto my fabric, using my lovely light box that was a gift from my brother.  If you don't have a light box there are some wonderful new slimline ones on the market or you can take your piece to a window, place them against the windowpane, and trace it that way.

I have a little stitch practice piece set up in my embroidery hoop.   I have drawn the foxes nose lightly in pencil.     As I haven't done satin stitch in awhile I thought this a good idea.  I will show you my steps as I go along.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Most Enticing Stitch Along

I have been so remiss with this little blog and I must slap myself on the hand for that.  Unfortunately, some little life happenings got in the way. I also used this time to finish a lot of my quilting UFO's and spend more time on my knitting and crochet.

I have been inspired though, as I have found a beautiful lady that is doing a wonderful embroidery stitch a long.   Her blog is KatieDawsonStitched.com   I love her idea of turning a gorgeous adult coloring book page into a beautiful embroidery piece.

I am one of those people who have embraced the adult coloring in activity from day one.  I was so excited to stumble upon this as I already had this book by Johanna Basford among my collection of coloring books.  As you will know, if you have been following me that I am a lover of Cottage Garden Threads. These were the beautiful threads that I used in my Jane Austen Bonnet quilt ........
I only have a few of these variegated threads left and I hope to incorporate these into my version of this stitch a long.

Please drop by Katie's page, the link is highlighted above if you are interested and follow along with her. She has some great video tutorials for just about all you require. She is also quite adorable and fun to listen to. Oh, she also has come beautiful colorways displayed.  Just pick the arrangement you like and stock up on those threads.   She sells the whole kit from her blog and also separate bits and pieces that you may need.

 I thought this would also be a good way of showing you the left handed way of doing this project.   Stay tuned, I will be starting very soon.  I hate waste, so I will be using some of my leftover colours from my Jane Austen Bonnet Quilt.  Then purchasing some other threads as needed.   I was so excited to find that I had all my requirementshttp://www.lefthandednotions.com/2014/09/the-final-big-reveal-of-my-version-of.html in my craft room.