Slow Stitchin’ on Sunday Mornings

In these posts I want to share some of my favorite pieces, which will include wall hangings, small works, pillows, purses, and just because pieces. This month they are going to be from my new book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New, by C&T Publishing.

Measured Party Foul: I chose the star and heart filled blue printed fabric for the sky, and a green and yellow plaid fabric for the grass, then strip pieced a group of left-over fabrics and a gifted bag full of selvage edge strips for the fence. I pieced these sections together, then machine quilted the base. This gave me the perfect background for this collection of three whimsical friends. I cut out the bird bodies from a piece of muslin that had been fused with Heat’nBond. The I fused old tape measures for the bodies of the bird. I added in fun googly eyes, ribbon scarves, rickrack legs, laundry pin wings, shoe beads, and hat buttons. I even added the metal part of the tape measure for each beak. Other embellishments are rickrack and ribbonwork flowers, vintage buttons, glass mushrooms, vintage tin pins, and metal charms.

Embroidery Details: worked in perle cotton #5 and #8

  • Border Row Stitches: Blanket stitch, couched stitch, chain stitch, and whipped chain stitch
  • Decorative and Detail Stitches: Lazy daisy stitch, and French knot stitch
  • Embellishments: Rickrack and rosette flowers (directions can be found in my book); vintage and new plastic, wood, leather, and horn buttons; metal and glass charms and beads

Here is a video that I shot at the C&T Publishing Studios, that focuses on the new book, and some of my favorite pieces.

Happy Stitching to you all! ~Christen

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