Now the Christmas crazy patchwork is away, I’ve been able to finish a couple of small projects.
The first was the embroidered rock. Last seen looking like this:
I cut off the excess fabric, gathered it round the edge with running stitch and fitted it over the pebble which had been bound with the offcuts of calico to make it a better size.
You can see the calico underside better in this photo. It’s laced across the bottom to give a snug fit.
The flat embroidery has adapted to the curved surface of the pebble even better than I hoped.
I used a lovely smoky grey piece of commercial knitted fabric rather than felt for the underside as it was soft and flexible, making it better suited to following the curves of the pebble.
The grey fabric was also gathered with a running stitch but the raw edge was folded inside, leaving the folded edge to be ladder stitched to the calico, just under the line of the embroidery.
I’m very pleased with the finishing. The knitted fabric was very forgiving and happy to be eased into nooks and crannies and the embroidery just fell neatly over the top.
It’s about 4″ long and 2.5″ wide and sits perfectly in the palm of my hand.
The second was a small project rather than finishing an existing one; a card for my husband’s birthday and it proves that the sashiko bug is not yet out of my system.
This time, rather than working a kit, I chose a scrap of indigo dyed cotton and used a shippo variation pattern from Susan Briscoe’s book ‘Japanese Sashiko Inspirations’. I drew it out on paper first to make sure I understood the construction and then used a fabric marker to transfer the design to the fabric.
I stitched the design in some of the variegated sashiko thread I bought at Harrogate in November.
Then I used another piece of indigo dyed cloth to back and frame the piece.
It’s just been mounted onto a piece of card and hidden away until Saturday.
The decks are cleared now for me to finish something that has been hanging around since the summer of 2004. More details to follow!
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