Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Getting Stitchy

With the hand stitched arts, I love variety.  A little hand quilting here, some English Paper Piecing there, embroidery when the chance arises.  It has been so long since I worked an embroidered or cross stitched piece, so I've seized on the idea to stitch letters to collage on a nursery wall.

 first stitches

Starting with "e".  This pretty piece came together all in one night!  I had the chance to stitch this up over some nice conversations with my girlfriends.  Hand stitching is so portable and social.  Love that!

first stitches

My concept is to do a random assortment of letters, in various fonts and sizes, all on black cloth.  Most will be in white or cream thread, I think.  This one is pink as a point of emphasis.  The pattern comes from Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook, where a full suite of lowercase letters beckon.

Finding black aida cloth was no easy thing.  None of my local haunts had it, so I ordered 14 count via Amazon as a test piece.  Now that I know I love the look of cross stitching on black and have not found it difficult working with the dark color, I've ordered this set of 11 count cloth and also made an excursion to Hobby Lobby for a big, economical piece of 14 count.

The "e" was made double size from Anna's pattern by skipping every other hole.  It's only about 4" tall.  I used pearl cotton size 8 rather than embroidery floss.  The pearl has a more glossy, substantial look.

first stitches

My next piece is a large, cursive "H" worked in embroidery on Kona black, again in pearl cotton 8.  It's hard to resist using that nicer thread!

first stitches

Returning to slow stitches reminds me to savor.  The world outside is shining this morning, freshly washed from the storms with mists rising across the pastures.  See the dogwood tree, just beginning to turn? 

I am so grateful for these beautiful moments.


11 comments:

  1. This is so pretty. Are you going to incorporate it into a quilt? I love that idea!!

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    1. Thanks! I do love embroidery pieces joined into quilts, but actually I am making individual wall hangings of each letter to collage on a nursery wall.

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  2. Lovely, just lovely. I can't wait to see the finish!

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  3. Nesting and slowing down seem to go hand-in-hand, don't they? Just lovely. Enjoy taking the time to savor!

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  4. I love to add in hand work. This will be just adorable.

    Your picture of your pasture sure looks like it was taken from my back patio.
    Are you in Texas by chance?

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    1. Nope, I'm in South Carolina. Happy you have a lovely view too though!

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  5. Wow, I didn't know there was black aida cloth, looks great with the pink.

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  6. Amen to that. Beautiful stitches and yes I love taking hand work with me everywhere : )
    Your bassinet is so pretty! I hope we get a glimpse of baby in it : )

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  7. I love mixing it up with some hand stitching ever now and then (that's not binding). The e looks fabulous. I love the idea of typography in a nursery - looks fab plus it helps the baby to grow up recognizing letters which helps with literacy, right? ;) :)

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  8. I love the way your stitched letters look! Just lovely. What a great way to decorate.

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