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August 2016

little reader bookmark

Stitching

At the beginning of the year the lovely Kindred Stitches asked me to design a pattern for them which was featured in their beautiful stitchy digital magazine.

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If you missed the magazine you can now purchase the pattern in my shop

The pattern includes instructions for making up the very simple bookmark but I  think she might look lovely on a journal cover too.

And I do have another project coming up in Kindred Stitches soon...


sulky fabri solvy and wonky sheds

Cat stitching

Sulky Fabri Solvy -  it has been sitting on my shelf ever since one of the lovely instagram ladies recommended it to me.  This week I decided to spruce up my wonky shed design ready for printing onto fabric in September and this seemed the perfect opportunity to try the sulky.

Sticky fabri solvy

so it's basically a sticky backed stabilizer that you can put through the printer and then stick to your fabric.  You stitch over it and when you're done simply rinse it away so the pattern disappears and you are left with your beautiful stitching.  It is quite expensive, mine cost £9.91 for twelve sheets.

It went through the printer perfectly and the lines are nice and bold.  I was worried that it would be difficult to stick down smoothly but it wasn't the case it was easy to stick to the fabric

Transferred

I stuck it to my usual Robert Kauffman Essex linen in ivory so there was no problem.  I do want to try it out on felt too though.

I pretty much always stitch using a hoop and was a bit nervous about how well it would sit in the hoop, whether it would come apart from the fabric or shift but it seems okay.  I haven't tightened the hoop as much as I usually would though.

In the hoop

I found that the stitching was a little harder (I really do mean 'a little').  I knew that the needle gets a little sticky and you need to wipe it, which had put me off, but it hasn't happened very much at all.  Back stitch was pretty straight forward.  I think stem stitch might actually be easier to do without the hoop but maybe that's always true!  I started filling the cushions under the cat but to be honest I think I would just stitch all the lines then remove the sulky and do any filling in afterwards.  This is just because the stitching is a little stiffer which makes the filling in a little tedious.

Sleeping cat

I have only done a little bit of my stitching so I will write a second post next week about how it rinses away and the end result.  At the moment it seems a great way to transfer a larger more complicated pattern for anyone who doesn't like transferring or has difficulty with the transfer process.  
So back to my wonky shed stitching

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Here is part two of my sulky fabri solvy journey
 


sprucing and long short stitch

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This week I decided to spruce up my winter fairy pattern ready for the colder weather (hopefully not too soon!).  I wanted a filler stitch for the blue embroidered version of the fairy and decided on long short stitch.

Long short stitch is often used for colour changes in embroidery (as I'll show in a sample below) but it's also useful for areas that are too big for satin stitch such as my fairy's dress.  I love the repetitive nature of stitching the dress (not least because I am reading slow stitch by Clare Wellesley - Smith at the moment).

So here is a little tutorial for this simple filler stitch

Long short stitch 1

It begins with the foundation row.  Simply alternate long and short stitches along this row.  The long stitches should be about twice as big as the short stitches.

Long short stitch 2

That was the most difficult part.  Now simply stitch long stitches above the short stitches, leaving a gap between each as above.

Long short stitch 3

and you just continue in this way 

Long short stitch 4

until you are done.

If you are stitching a curved shape you begin in the same way

Curved long short stitch

with your long short foundation row

Curved long short stitch 3

as you continue you curve the stitches slightly at the edges so they meet at the top acting like one stitch for the next row.

Curved long short stitch final

This way you can follow the curve of the edge with the stitching.

I love the effect of this stitch, it's so like knitting, my next favourite type of stitching.

For those who have the winter fairy pattern these are the blues that I used for the blue fairy

DMC 3760 dark blue

DMC 747 paler blue

DMC white

DMC S415 and DMC E168 for the sparkly satiny wings

DMC 3799 for the face etc.

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