Tuesday, November 15, 2016

coming Home

As the temperatures drop, the leaves begin to show and we all settle in for the holidays, I suddenly need to create needle in hand.  Something restful, something still and quiet and meditative.  I like to think it's the song of autumn that's turning me to needlepoint, aided by this warm cup of tea and the spell of the fireplace; but then again it may just as well be my globe of a belly!  Yes, let's just sit here, be still, BE.

home needlepoint

Choosing a project wasn't easy this time.  I wanted something decorative, some sort of embroidery.  This "home" rainbow piece by Anna Maria Horner is finished as a pillow in her Needleworks Notebook.  I've always love-love-loved the project!  A pillow so fine wouldn't last long in my home, but as a wall hanging it'll do nicely.  And now that our home addition is coming to a close, I know just the wall that'll suit it!

home needlepoint

Luckily I already had a rainbow of Appleton crewel wool on hand, purchased ages ago as color samplers from Wool & Hoop.  You could also do the piece in embroidery floss, but I like the idea of a matte finish.  Seems less fussy.

home needlepoint

Anna invites readers to choose their own word, but "home" seems exactly right for me.  Home is the place I most like to be.  It's the place I get to dress up and embellish with my handmades.  The place I school my children and work.  And most of all at this moment, home is the place I hope to bring my newborn baby after next Tuesday's induction.  Please.  Please. Please.

I penciled on the "home" template a flow of rainbow colors to guide my stitchings and transferred the outline onto Kona Candy Green with Saral transfer paper and a knitting needle, used as a stylus.  Though I adore Anna Maria's neutral background, this shade will stand out better on my cream walls.
  
 home needlepoint

The work is slow, methodical and delicious.  I'm using a long/short stitch that's sometimes also a split stitch, as suggested in the book.  At first I was a bit alarmed at how slow it progressed, but a few days in I'm now a little concerned by how fast it is progressing!  Addictive for sure.  

This last photo makes it seem as if my background is puckering something fierce.  It's actually a very subtle pucker; the lighting is exaggerating here.  After noticing the pucker I wondered if Anna Maria added the linear hand quilting to her background fabric on her pillow to hide any pucker flaws.  I plan to do the same!  I'll hand quilt the background to a little batting as a final step. Otherwise, I'm trying not to pull my stitches too tight.  Any other advice to minimize background puckers?  If it was coming out as bad as it looks here, I'd be starting over; but, fortunately, it's not nearly so bad.  Still, always room for improvement!

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36 comments:

  1. Sending positive thoughts for your induction! Prayers your sweet little will be HOME soon!

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  2. I love the colours you're using! As for the puckering, have you got interfacing behind the fabric to act as a stabiliser? I use it behind all my embroidery (my favourite is a fine cotton lawn interfacing) and it works a treat! All the best for next Tuesday xx

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  3. Hope all goes well on Tuesday xx

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  4. Prayers for Tuesday. Can't wait to see photos of your little one xx

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  5. Thinking of you and your family. Prayers to you and your family as you await the arrival of your little one.

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  6. Hi Rachel! This is beautiful and perfect project for you these days! Time is flying - it will be already next Tuesday?! You are so often in my thoughts and I'm praying everything goes well. Hugs! x Teje

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  7. Oh, this is great. The green background is perfect. When I saw how many stitches were in there, I also couldn't believe how much progress you had made already! Thinking of you and your family this coming week. :)

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  8. I notice puckers usually on thin fabric, like quilting cotton, or when my fabric is too loose in the hoop. I have tried double layering my fabrics but the best thing is to iron on fusible interfacing to the backside of the fabric to stabilize the fabric. It is sturdy but has a looser weave so the needle moves through it well. I have had no more puckers since doing this.

    On my projects before using the interfacing, a good ironing always helped after finishing the project.

    I've marked your induction date on my calendar so I can join with you in prayer for a good delivery and sweet face to face introduction your babe. "I believe I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Wait for the Lord." Ps 27:13-14

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  9. I think the quilting will address the puckers, and if you do use a stablilizer, a tear away or wash away one might be better than fusible, because it won't mess up the soft look of the quilting?

    Praying for a safe and uneventful delivery for you!

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  10. I am thinking of your induction date. Only one more week! I pray that this birth will be fast, easy, and perfect! The embroidery is like everything you do--awesome.

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  11. Have your due date marked in my calendar and am praying for a safe and healthy birth for your sweet little baby girl and you too!!!!
    Love the embroidery project - perfect for the nest.

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  12. All the best to you and yours!

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  13. I am praying for a party. I know God is covering you with love.
    I am so excited. I just can't wait any longer, Rachel.
    Next Tuesday is going to be the best day ever.
    Love you all of you
    --oh, and the stitching looks great. my mom would have some advice about putting some sort of stiffening cloth underneath, like waste canvas. Sadly, she is already in Heaven. Dad and I looked at a lot of her creations today. My mom was incredible. Born with one hand, she did every thing. I used to tease her and tell her the only thing she did not do is down hill ski (she did cross country) or sky dive.
    Happy restful days.

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    1. Rosemary, I am sorry to read about the loss of your mom. Hugs to you and your father both. Take care, Bernie

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    2. I will take your mom's advice, passed down through you and with love. I've switched to using interfacing now from the back, and it's really helping! Can't wait to update you all with the good news when it comes next week =)

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  14. Rachel, a bit of reinforcement from the back would help, if you are concerned about the puckering.

    Cannot wait for this sweet baby to arrive. Prayers for a wonderful and safe delivery. You will be holding her so very soon!

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  15. Putting a muslin fabric for backing
    (embroidery through both fabrics) will keep your threads and knots from showing through to the front and reduce puckering. I use a backing fabric on my fine embroidery also. Looks great!

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  16. This is a lovely project. I always back my broidery with a light weight woven iron on interfacing. I can't remember the name off the top of my head but can look it up if you'd like.

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  17. Your pillow is so lovely.

    I use Shape-Flex (SF101) by Pellon for embroidery projects, it adds a bit of stability to the fabric and I don't have to use a hoop. And, it's cotton!

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  18. Sending my prayers and best wishes!!!

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  19. More good thoughts and prayers from here as well, Rachel. I think of you often and wish you and yours smooth sailing next week.

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  20. Beautiful work and a perfectly chosen word!
    My prayers for you and your family as you anticipate the safe and happy arrival of a healthy baby next week. Best Thanksgiving gift ever!

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    1. Yes, I think it will be the best Thanksgiving ever. Thanks, Molly!

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  21. What a lovely piece of handwork! Will you be taking it with you to the hospital to keep your hands busy while you are waiting for your little one's birth? During the last delivery, an induction, I knit a sock. (It's pair never did get done.) I, too, am praying for your baby's safe arrival and for all your family as you welcome her to your home.

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    1. Thanks, Anne. Yes, I will take it with me. I hope to be very active moving and walking to help the induction work, but there will be times I need to be more still for monitoring. At least, if I want it, it'll be there for me!

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  22. Tuesday, is it? I will be holding you and your family in my thoughts and in my heart.

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  23. I'll thinking of you on tuesday and hope that everything will go well for you and your daughter.
    About the pluckering: use some light interfacing or stitching vlies (sorry I don't know the name it has in USA) that should help.

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    1. Thanks, Hildy. I've switched to using interfacing now, and it's really helping!

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  24. Love your blog & praying all goes well with new baby. I will be birthday twin to the baby!

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  25. I can't believe your baby is due already-time does go by quickly. My best wishes for an easy, speedy and HEALTHY delivery.

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  26. What a lovely piece of work. Most of those wrinkles will come out if you block it after you finish it. Even if they don't it's really pretty. Best wishes for your delivery--I will keep my fingers crossed for you next Tuesday!

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  27. Sending you hugs and prayers for next weeks induction.

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  28. Rachel, all the best for next week - I keep you in my thoughts and heart. Your embroidery is so beautiful and "home" is more than fitting !

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  29. Tuesday, I now have it marked in my calendar. You and Baby will be in my prayers. 'Home' is the best place isn't it and this will be a great little take along project for delivery day.

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