Just in time for Easter I finished this little string of nine embroidered Spring pendants for Easter. I am really pleased with how these have turned out. In an ideal world I would have liked to spend a little more time finishing them, but in the reality of two small children, germs and far too much yummy chocolate to eat I just didn’t have the time. So on this one getting it done to time became more important than the finish. Not always my favourite way of working, but sometimes it’s the only way to finish projects.
I started these a good few weeks ago by drawing out the design on to card. I then used my light box to trace the design on to plain white cotton fabric.
My choice of designs was inspired by my garden, I saw a Chaffinch land on the fence, which to me is always a sign of Spring when they start showing their little peachy faces. I tried to recreate one in stitches, I am not sure how good it was as my husband thought it was a robin and my mother-in-law an owl, but I like it nevertheless! I think I could use a very similar design to do a budgerigar in the future.
I had a go at a frog and a deer for the first time too. I don’t know whether these are my favourite pieces because they are not particularly refined. Although in some ways the shabbiness of this bunting is half of its appeal! My daughters certainly like it which is the main thing!
I used a light hessian fabric backed with yellow felt and a ribbon hastily stitched across the top. The eggs were cut out using pinking shears.
Since last posting it has also been Mother’s Day and I found this little silk purse I made a few years ago at my Mother-in-Laws. I love this one, it has such lovely colours. I like the idea of it and should probably do more.
Finding this purse also reminded me of a fabulous little black and emerald green bag I made for my sister-in-law. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed making these.
Both bags were made pre-children so I had the time to spend lovingly crafting them and they still remain one of my best completed embroidery projects in my opinion. Creating objects from embroidery is my favourite thing to do. I like hoop art, but I do like the challenge of making something out of my work very exciting. I would like to do more bags, mirrors, cushions… so many possibilities.
My WIPS this week are still the mega hoop (still a secret as any photos of it just give too much away!), my Blackwork silk project is still on-going and I have just started a small project for another gift.
Hopefully I will post again soon, there was a delay this month because the lurgy man came knocking again and I spent two weeks clambering into bed at 7pm so the needles were idle. Hopefully with the eldest back at pre-school tomorrow I can crack on with more sewing and perhaps a nibble of choccy eggs here and there.
Happy April everyone.