The last time we had this embroidery on a Sunday chat, I was in the middle of the stitching. For some reason, I had a hard time getting going on it. I think the decisions on colors stymied me for a bit. Once the decisions were made, it went a bit faster.
Having a few preseason football games helped, LOL!! I did the outer ring in black, kind of like a cast iron pan. I have a lot of black and yellow in my kitchen, so it needed some.
Many readers have asked about the pattern, and it is an iron-on transfer from Stitcher’s Revolution Kitchen Sayings. The design is ironed onto whatever fabric you choose. I am using an even weave fabric for embroidery. I use two strands of DMC floss with a large eye needle.
I planned to use tiny seed beads for the little dots instead of French knots. Each one was sewn on, then tied off.
Finally, all the stitching was done.
I went to the stash of hoops to find something to use as a frame. Well, crap. The six inch size was too small, and the eight inch size was too big. This is my own fault, as I ironed the design onto the fabric too close to the edge. My plan to spray paint a hoop black was not going to get done this day. I needed a seven inch hoop, or a small round craft frame. Unfortunately, going to several local stores and thrift shops over a few days yielded nothing I could use. Now I was running out of time, so ordering one online wasn’t going to get here in time for me to finish before Monday.
So, now what? Well, first I needed to put some fusible interfacing on the back to cover the stitches and make sure nothing pulls out. It makes the piece more finished from the back, important in judging.
I trimmed the interfacing, then pressed some folds to show me where to stitch a straight line.
The folded areas now act as facings, and I topstitched them down. There wasn’t enough at the top to form a pocket for a dowel, so I just stitched the top edge down like the others. Now I needed a way to hang it, so I pulled out some black ribbon to use as tabs.
I sewed three tabs to the top edge, and used a wooden spoon for a hanger.
So, there it is, all done and ready to enter into the Mountain State Fair on Monday. I have several more designs that I’d like to stitch from that set, and perhaps this fall and winter I’ll do more. Are you doing some embroidery or slow stitching?
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