Over the weekend I started a new piece of embroidery. It's been a while since I've embroidered, so it feels good to get back to doing some hand stitching!
The plan is to fill in this 4" circle with flowers and leaves. Originally the circle was 6", but I scaled it back. You can see the original outline along the left side of the photo. It's been so long since I embroidered, and it takes far more time than sewing, so it seemed more realistic to start smaller.
This type of padded embroidery is called stumpwork. The neat thing about stumpwork is the dimension you can get from padding the pieces.
Here I'm using one layer of wool felt pieces for padding. You can have multiple layers of felt and really get some depth going. Poly craft felt is also fine to use as padding.
The background is a piece of plain cotton canvas (7 ounce). The background fabric needs to be something sturdy to hold up all the surface stitching. This is just plain canvas I found at the fabric store in the utility fabric section.
WIP photos are being shared on Instagram. Follow along and watch me finish this piece! It's already progressed quite a bit from the original photo. I probably won't post many WIP photos here, but will show you the finished piece when I'm done.
Of course, my inner critic always tells me I SHOULD have done more during the week, but really I'm plenty productive. Looking back at the week definitely helps (though I've been slacking on weekly recaps lately) me understand exactly what I did do, and that is was enough.
A new type of photo has also been added to the description for this one:
This is something I've been both meaning to do and also completely forgetting about for many months at a time. That's kind of good for me because at least if I forget then I won't get on my own case about getting it done! I'm too hard on myself sometimes and I bet many of you know exactly what I'm talking about...
The actual image could probably use some refinement, but for now it works for me. Does it work for YOU? It's meant for your benefit--especially anyone who has not used my patterns and might not know what they look like--so let me know.
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I went too far taking apart my sewing machine while cleaning it, and now I need to take it to the repair shop. Where I went wrong was removing the tiny parts for the automatic thread cutter. There was a big dust bunny under the mechanism and I just couldn't get it out without removing the parts. It was a struggle getting them back in place, and I must not have done it exactly right.
While my favorite machine is out of commission, I'm going to try to get a few hand sewing projects completed. The materials to embroider moss have been sitting on my desk for a week now, so that seemed like a good place to start. So today I made another pillow moss pincushion:
I've been using the first one and I love how it looks on my sewing table. It sits so nicely next to my machine, and it is also really easy to just grab and take with me to the cutting table.