Embroidered Easter Egg Mini Bunting

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.

Sewpopby Embroidered Easter Egg Spring bunting

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Embroidered toadstool silk bag

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.

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Embroidery: Something new

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This week I have been trying out some new embroidery techniques. I have not strictly been sticking to any official method but rather been inspired by ways of working and done my own thing. I would really like to go along to the Royal School of Needlework this year and enrol in a class, but maybe one for later in the year when my children are a teensy bit older and can be left with their daddy without much complaint! I think I would like to try Metalwork or Tambour. But we’ll see…

The first work in progress is this goldwork piece, which is very much a ‘make it up as I go along’ hoopart and definitely a great one for experimenting on!

By tacking the yellow felt on first you can work over with a couched metallic thread to create the golden layer. I have used Gutterman polyester to work this couched line of thread on and need to go back over until the felt is covered as it is still looking like a little fluffy Easter chick right now. I highly recommend Sarah Homfray’s videos on Youtube, you can buy supplies from her too. I worked out how to couch from watching her goldwork videos and from ‘The New Anchor Book of Free-Style Embroidery Stitches’ and now I am just making it up as I go along!

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I popped along to Threads and Patches in Bletchley this weekend and whilst my toddler terrorised the staff I managed to collect a fab little bundle of supplies, including more metallic thread, beads and new needles. I kept my precious bundle away from my daughter just long enough to take this photo, within minutes at least fifty seed beads were on the floor and disarray had ensued.

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I ordered some gold pearl purl goldwork embroidery thread direct from India via eBay as I really want to try it out to edge the leaves. You can buy it from Sarah Homfray too but I wanted a darker gold than she had available. I will keep you updated on project progress as the pearl purl is on a slow boat from India and not expected until the Easter holidays. I am jolly excited.

I adore whitework on white and want to get really good at it. It reminds me of old fashioned cotton nightdresses and I like that. I hope that if I get good at it I can start embroidering napkins and table runners and other fun stuff. If my daughter didn’t already have her Christening gown sorted by way of a family heirloom I would most likely be stitching away at something for that too, on the up side it saved me a job.

I didn’t have any pure white cotton to hand but I did have my new snazzy remnants, so here is an attempt at whitework on turquoise cotton I have started this week. I quite like it, not strictly white work, but then nothing you will find here is strictly one thing or the other! I have used French knot, Mountmellick, chain and couch stitch so far. This is another piece to help me explore new techniques and I am hoping to keep working in the round until the hoop is full.

A quick event mention, my friend went to The Quilt Show at Duxford Air Museum on Saturday. I was invited but had to miss it, my daughter’s roly-polys at gymnastics club took precedence this time. I was sent two very exciting photos of vast thread stands though. My friend knows how to treat me! Sounds like this place would be great for quilters and stitchers alike and is on again later in the year too.

I have started on the 12 inch mega hoop project. But it is going to have to be a secret one because it is for present for a friend. But I can post snippets of close ups or blurry shots just to keep you in the loop, or should I say, in the hoop (chortle).

Here is the embroidered necklace I mentioned last post. I like it but I don’t love it. It is not neat enough for my liking, but was good practice and I do like the colours. It has inspired me to do more embroidered jewellery in the future.

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Finally, because I start way too many projects and don’t finish them I was running out of storage so I made two more storage bags this week, they just need their buttons added. The purple spotty one has been my faithful storage friend for four years now. The other two are newbies. I line them with heavy canvas fabric so they protect the work if I take it out and about and I add the felt square to safely store the needles on the go.

Good old Granny Singer sewing machine did it again! Thanks for popping by today, see you next time.

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