I am finally getting to this project I’ve been wanting to start for over a year. I got this adorable pattern from Red Brolly some time ago. Unfortunately, Bronwen Hayes has closed her store, no longer posts to her website, and has abandoned her Facebook page. The ‘temporary closure’ was in January 2017. Messages to her have gone unanswered. I wish I could find out what happened to such a talented designer. This was a free download, and I wish I could give you a link to it. It is just so cute!!
To make the project, I got a package of Evenweave fabric. This stuff does ravel, so the first thing to do is to stabilize the edges with a zigzag stitch around the edges. I also put a straight stitch right at the edge just to ensure that it would hold up.
The pattern is pinned to the fabric on the bottom edge, and then the tracing paper is slipped behind the pattern.
The package says to use a ball point pen to go over the pattern. One advantage of this is I can see where I have traced and what is left to go.
Lifting up the pattern, I can see that I need to press harder, so I go over it again.
Next, choosing a DMC thread to stitch with, I decide on color #498, a nice deep burgundy red. I pulled some beads in red to embellish it when I am done with stitching. I might have a few red buttons to use, too.
The tracing is light, but I can see the lines. These should come off with water, but I did choose the red to trace with just in case it doesn’t.
Thank heaven for needle threaders, LOL, even with the larger eye of this needle I find it difficult to see well.
A few stitches are done, just so I could say I got started. These were running stitches, and x-stitches. Most of the piece will be done in a backstitch for a smooth line.
I’ll be working on this for the next few weeks. I think it will become a mini quilt with some patchwork around it, but I haven’t decided for sure yet.
Redwork goes pretty quickly, so I may need another one before football season starts. Are you doing any handwork?
Slow Sunday Stitching