Still Stitching

I haven’t posted for a while, but that doesn’t mean I have stopped stitching! I started a new embroidery project. Here’s how it started:

  • I had seen a group of my pink threads together, and thought it would be neat to try stitching a whole project ONLY using pink/coral colors.
  • I had a sketch in my journal.
  • And I had this card that I had gotten from a friend. I liked the colors in the card.
  • I wanted to try stitching on my own hand-dyed fabric to see how it was.

First I tried a version of this using brightly colored wool for the flowers. It was so garish, I knew I would not like it. So I discarded that idea, and threw the green background sandwich in the closet. Then one evening I wanted to stitch, so I got out the background again, and drew some stylized flowers on it (that I had sketched on a scrap of paper from something I saw on the internet, probably a hooked rug.) And started stitching away.

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And then I realized. Green plus pink equals brown. I was so disgusted. I know this so very well, from the years I spent making fiber blends. Discouraged, I sent this picture to my BF. She said she liked it, so I was encouraged to just continue on. Maybe if I put enough pink on it, it would show up. And so that’s where I’ve been. Steadily putting one pink stitch after another on this piece. Since I have a small embroidery with just straight running stitch, and another one featuring french knots, I am trying to feature the lazy daisy in this one. But have to admit, there’s plenty of other stitches in there.

Here’s some close-ups of the stitching:

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And then…because working on one project at a time is JUST NOT RIGHT, I started another simple project that was inspired by a verse I read in church a few weeks ago. “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature.”

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I am planning to just do straight “kantha” stitching across the whole thing, using a range of blue and beige threads. And, as always, I am surprised at how long it takes to stitch a single line across this piece 🙂

I’ve also been working on my rug a bit here and there. I was very happy with how the horse came out–it still looks like a horse 🙂 I have that picture of a lion on there, trying to decide if I want to add it to the rug.

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And that’s how its been going around here. Enjoying my stitching. One stitch at a time.

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7 thoughts on “Still Stitching

  1. I;m glad you listened to your girlfriend-this is a beautiful piece. I love the challenge of only using the coral/pinks. BTW they look like candies in a box!

  2. Do you use #8 or #5 Pearl Cotton???? I love your idea of stitching across the width of the strip quilt……………………….I need some easy handwork to do for my hip replacement surgery and I think that will be perfect. As you say, one stitch at a time!!!!!
    By the way, I have a Cheticamp floor rug hooking frame I bought from Deanne Fitzpatrick and paid $395. for it……………I’m asking $150. if you know anyone that might be interested. I’ve decided I like to work on smaller projects and I really don’t need the big frame but its really nice and it gives you a large surface area to work on, especially if you are just hooking without a real pattern.

    • I use both, and I occasionally use #12 and #3. But #8 is, as Goldilocks said, “JUST RIGHT.” It is the most pleasant to stitch through cotton with. I either use a self-threading needle, or a #24 chenille needle. I’m sorry you need hip replacement surgery, but I agree–this will be the perfect project. Not much to decide except what color of thread you want to use next!

      That’s an interesting frame. And a good price. do you belong to Gene Shepherd’s Internet Rug Camp? If so, he would most likely mention it on his blog for you. That’s how I got the frame I use now!

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