Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Heaps of Hoops

I seem to have hoops on the go all over the place at the moment and I am not sure if that is a good or a bad thing...
Two of them are taken up by the Partridge in a Pear project.

I did a bit more work on the partridge last week. It may not quite look like a bird yet, but the piece for the body is ready now.

It is sitting, patiently waiting, in one hoop together with a wired leaf. 

In another hoop is the main embroidery - almost done. All that is left to do on that piece is to complete the pear. This one is done in raised stem stitch over a very padded felt shape. There is so little left to be done that I am now quite puzzled as to why I didn't finish it while I was at it?

Perhaps I will get to it tomorrow?

Best Stitches,
Anna X

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In print

Remember this one...??

It is quite some time since I worked on this design 
(longer than I thought when looking back!). 

Issue 87 of Inspirations is out now - glorious as always. If you love your embroidery and are not familiar with this magazine, I can strongly recommend it. 
And if you flick through the pages you will come to this... Meadow Bloom. I made it into a cushion and sent if off for publication almost 6 months ago. 
In the past, I worked on the magazine and was part of the whole publishing process, but this time it seeing the finished article for the first time came a lovely surprise. The project is so abeautifully presented - as everything always is with Inspirations. 

The article, as with all Inspirations articles, come with full and detailed instructions for the embroidery as well as how to make it up. 
I will have kits in the Shop in a couple of months, but for now you can get the full kit Here. Be mindful that Inspirations kits do not include instructions, so you don't already have one you will need a copy of this beautiful issue as well. Selected news agents do stock it or you can get a printed or digital subscription from Inspirations magazine.

Happy Stitching, 
Anna x

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Raised Embroidery - Partridge

I am really not good at stitching anything more than once, so the little partridge project is coming along much more slowly than I would like. Then again I have managed to make some progress.

The Stem is finished. To get it nicely round and raised, I chose to cover close rows of stem stitch with very close whipping. Satin stitch can work too, but it is more difficult to get the edges super neat and I find this method raises narrow shapes higher off the background - like a real twig.

The Leaf on the main embroidery is also finished. The shape is first outlined with tiny split stitches. Then each half is padded - for this one I have simply worked two layers of straight stitches. Instead of covering it with satin stitch, I have used blanket stitch (or buttonhole stitch). This is fast becoming one of my favourite stitches because it is so versatile and I love the neat, little raised edge that naturally forms along the outline.
A line of small, round chain stitches are used to finish the centre vein.

The Partridge is padded and ready to be covered. To get this one nice a plump, I start with two small bits of felt - one for the head and one for the shoulder. Then two more pieces go over the shoulder piece, each slightly bigger than the previous.

All of these are held in place with just enough little stitches to keep them from moving about.
The top layer of padding is the same shape as the marked shape. This one is first held in place in the same way as the previous pieces and then the edge is stitched down all the way around with tiny stitches placed closer together. It may sound tedious but this part is actually quite quick.

Now I probably should spend a bit of time on the the poor partridge this afternoon, so that the unattractive felt can be covered with a coat of embroidered plumes, but...

...the sun is shining and Nala has convinced me I need to go a toss a ball. (Talk about procrastinating!) 

Hope you are having a great Thursday,
Anna x