It's January and I really should be brightening everyone's day up with colour but I'm a little bit addicted to blacks and greys at the moment (although there is some red thread in the picture, I'm not sure what I planned to do with that!). I thought I would share a little bit of my stitching process. This is only the first stitching of my drawing and already I am changing things in my head as I go along...
First I trace the drawing using this flatbed lightbox. Mine is actually A2 size but it takes up too much space on my table for how often I use it, especially given that my designs are really very small! On top of that I have accidentally trapped and almost snapped the wire! So I think I will be treating myself to a new A4 lightbox that can sit on my desk all the time and not be put at risk! The fabric I have used here is in natural colour (light brownish) so it is harder to see the design but once I'm tracing and pressing the fabric against the box it's clearer.
Here is what I end up with. I am a very lazy tracer and don't trace stripes etc. I put them onto the pattern because I suspect not all stitchers are as lazy as me.
and now I can hoop her up and pop her under my very exciting magnifying lamp. For a very long time I didn't need a magnifying lamp but these days I find it helps immensely and I have become quite reliant on it. In fact perhaps I did need one before I just didn't know it. This is the one I use.
And out comes that black thread, 2 strands and back stitch. I love filling with back stitch, I tend to do it in sections
I'm not sure if this is a proper technique but I find it helps me keep to the shape of the hat.
I'm not sure how clear it is but I'm using long short stitch for the sleeves. I think I just felt like a change really but it works nicely in the long thin gap
and this is as far as I've got with her (well I'm a little further on but no light for photographs!). Once I finish her I will redraw her making the changes that I have in my head and then restitch her to make sure she's quite right before turning her into a pattern.
If you are new to stitching I have guides for
materials and transferring patterns
various stitches including back stitch and long short stitch
I'm hoping to have a little colourful free pattern on Monday for you. As long as everything goes to plan! Something to make us all feel a little spring like in winter (unless of course you are reading this towards the end of a glorious summer)