Sheep Pincushion finished

2014_12060021I am thrilled with the Sheep Pincushion now it is finished. The kit is from Lorna Bateman and it is one of two kits I bought to help me learn some new stitches and try some different types of embroidery.

Whilst doing this kit I learnt how to do drizzle stitch and couching.  I was also meant to have a go at stumpwork by making some thread covered horns but to be honest I was concerned that they would dominate the finished piece of work.  I have found doing the faces and ears of the sheep challenging.  I can do the stitches but achieving the effect I am after hasn’t quite worked. The sheep above looks more like Dennis the Menace’s dog than a sheep!

2014_12060023What really impressed me was how the piece of work was completely lifted when I added the grass and flowers.  The cording is not as regular as I would have liked and I know that I didn’t quite get the technique right.  But then again I think this has more charm to it than bought cording.  Assembling the pin cushion was very easy as you just gather up the edges of the piece of work and slide it over the pad which is screwed into the wooden base from below.

2014_12060025My next project is a scissors case which will give me the opportunity to have a go at some beading work and also learn stitches such as bullion knots, roumanian stitch and palestrina stitch.  And of course it means that I get to play with the pretty sparkly beads!

I have bought some fabric so I can practice the stitches first and I plan to work up a sampler over the course of time just as I have seen on Pintangle

Once I have done this kit I will have my sewing kit all ready and I then plan to go back to crewel work which I think is more my style – I prefer the neatness and patterns it uses to the freestyle approach above.

Paisley Cushion Completed

2014_11020015Finally, a completed project.  I finished the paisley embroidery weeks ago but as ever I am very slow in finishing off the project.  Part of the problem is that I needed to get the sewing machine out to sew the cushion cover and I do most of my crafting in the evenings whilst watching the television and machine sewing needs to be done in the dining room.  Anyway, today it has rained more or less all day, so there was no opportunity to garden, my other main distraction and so the cover was sewn.  It took no more than 30 minutes to sew together which just shows how ridiculous my procrastination is.  If I am honest the other problem I have with finishing projects is a lack of confidence.  I rarely wear jumpers or clothes these days that I have knitted or sewn so much so that I don’t bother any more which is why rediscovering embroidery is such a good thing for me.  I am really pleased with the cushion it is one of the nicest things I have made in ages and I feel encouraged to carry on with the other embroidery projects I have planned.

 

Sheepish Pincushion – An Update

IMG_0558I have been plodding along with the pincushion for a couple of weeks, albeit it only a few evenings a week.  It has been a challenge right from the start as I have had to learn drizzle stitch and also bullion stitch.

I have followed the instructions carefully and also watched the video tutorials on Needle and Thread which are great.  However, the ears have come out rather large I think.  My eldest son keeps telling me that it doesn’t have to be identical to the photograph and that it is my interpretation – how kind.  Whilst I like learning the new stitches I think I prefer the neatness and precision of the Jacobean crewel work I did two projects ago to this kind of project so I think I will be heading back in this direction once the pincushion is done.  It has been helpful though as I am learning what I enjoy the most but also pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

 

A Sheepish Pincushion

I have finished the paisley cushion cover; I just need to sew it all together which I plan to do one wet weekend.  In my bid to learn more embroidery skills I have identified a couple of kits through which I can learn some new stitches and techniques, hopefully gain more confidence and feel empowered to start coming up with my own ideas.  I have mentioned before the course I was thinking of doing to give me confidence with design but I have decided that I will be trying to run before I can walk so this is my new approach which I am quite excited about.

First up is an embroidery kit from Lorna Bateman which will give me a taste of stumpwork, something which intrigues me, and teach me some new stitches such a bullion knots and drizzle stitches.  The kit also has the advantage of turning into a pincushion, something I have felt the need of recently so its a win win.

imageI always start of nervously taking ages to really get going.  I might do a few stitches and then I will keep making excuses for a few evenings before I make myself pick up the work again.  Once I get going I am normally OK.  To start with I had to tack some backing muslin to the background material, not something I have done before although quite simple.  I do wonder how easy it will be to remove the tacking when I have finished and whether I should have used thread a similar colour to the fabric in case I don’t get it all out – we shall see.  I have taken a ridiculously long time to do the 12 legs.  They are bullion knots which is new to me and I have had to unpick numerous tangled messes but finally I have got there. The instructions that come with the kit are very detailed but really its a case of practising the stitches first. Next up are the faces which are satin stitch, french knots and drizzle stitch.

imageIt wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t all so small – you can see the scale above.  When I opened the kit my initial reaction was well this is small and won’t take long but I suspect my dithering over new stitches will mean the opposite.

More Paisley or should I say Whales?

2014_09190017Donna’s comment on my last post that the first paisley motif made her think of a whale with flowery eyes made me chuckle and since then all I can see are whales. I have completed the second motif now which looks even more like a whale than the last one!

This motif is much better than the last one as I have abandoned the waste knot starting method so the ends are secure.  I haven’t got bored of french knots yet but I am more and more convinced that I get more enjoyment from the crewelwork I did in the last project.

Two more small motifs, or whales to do, and then I have to decide whether to do some motifs on the back of the cushion and then to sew it all up and finish it!

2014_09190018In the meantime I am looking for the next project which will be crewelwork or maybe a go at Needlepainting.  I think I want to get a little more experience and practice under my belt before I launch into the design course.