Saturday 18 August 2012

Embroidery finish

I'm still a bit unsure whether to add something at the bottom but I think I've decided to call this one finished!  I added a few reeds on the left for balance,

and have unpicked the botchy baby, and redone it marginally less botchily

and that's probably it.

I've had this image in the back of my head for a while - she keeps turning up in different ways. I've done her as a woodcarving, as an etching, as a mini-quilt and now as an embroidery.  I don't know why because I don't think of myself as a sentimental or particularly maternal mother even though I love my children dearly!

Things I learned with this project:
  • Stranded embroidery thread can be divided into strands for finer stitches (yes, duh!)
  • Straight stitch
  • Backstitch
  • Stem stitch
  • Laisy daisy stitch
  • Satin stitch
  • French knots 
  • The quality of my stitching definitely got better as I went on, so practicing on a sampler first might have helped - I just like to dive in too much.
  • Not to sew my embroidery to my lap

I'm linking up to:

There and Back


  1. that's lovely! (and laughing at the last thing on the list!)

  2. Ah it's lovely! I have 'The Embroiderer's Bible' but yet to put it into action - must do soon, those stitches are just so pretty!

  3. Very sweet! (and I have sewed my work to my clothes before, too!)

  4. This is so sweet. And I nearly LMAO on the last thing you learned! It happens:)

  5. You did a great job with the embroidery. And you are right, it gets easier and better with time. What are you planning on making with this embroidery piece!


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