I've also been doing some embroidery. It started back in the spring of 2014, when I began doing a variety of embroidery stitches on my "Plain Spoken" quilt. I eventually ripped out all that embroidery on that quilt because I didn't like the look of the varying stitches on this quilt. But I did like doing the embroidery. I used some of the stitches for borders on hand-dyed napkins.
And I've also used them on a series of embroidered hamsa gifts. A hamsa is protective/good luck amulet, common to Middle Eastern cultures. I made two for friends in cancer treatment. The first was incorporated as a block into a quilt made by friends. The second hangs from a loop of thread.
This fall, I made four more as gifts for several adults in my congregation who I tutored for their collective b'nai mitzvah ceremony this November. This first of these I did in a class with Laura Wasalowski, fusing pieces of my hand-dyed fabric.
I liked the look of the applique, which gave a multi-color base on which to embroider, but I didn't like stitching the embroidery through two or three layers of fused cloth--very difficult to get the needle through. So, I did the three others with needle-turn applique, no fusing.
Before changing to applique, I had stitched a blue outline on some violet cloth. So I've continued stitching that one.
|Difficult to see, but I used shiny gold thread for some of the stitching in the outer fingers. Looks nice in person!|