Now that this has been gifted I can finally share this appliqué Jura whisky picture that I put together.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I looked in my small bits of fabric box and I found the perfect fabric colours for making the bottle and a thistle fabric which was just what I was wanting for the background. I don’t normally have such good luck finding fabrics I want to use in the fabrics I have and normally end up having to buy more!
I drew a rough sketch of the bottle and what detail I was wanting to include from the bottle and used that sketch to cut out the different fabrics and then hand sewed the writing details onto them.
The bottle fabrics are from The Craft Cotton Company and the thistle backing fabric is by Lewis and Irene Fabrics (A Walk in the Glen).
Now this make has been gifted I can now share it without spoiling any surprises! I wasn’t too sure how this make would turn out as I started with a very rough sketch of a highland cow sat on some fields and from that free-hand cut out different shapes of fabric and sewed them onto a fabric background to build up the picture. Half way through I was starting to doubt whether I had completely messed it up but I stuck with it and am really glad I did.
Fabrics are all from The Craft Cotton Company.
Now I have success with this one its time to have a go at a few others I have in mind!.
It doesn’t seem two minutes ago I was starting my first year of stitches yet a whole year has gone by and my 2018 year of stitches has come to an end. I’m hoping this next year doesn’t go by as quickly as I don’t think I could keep up!
Here’s my finished year of stitches project:
It’s already up on my wall and it brings back a lot of memories when I look at it.
I have really enjoyed the stitching over the last year and I have already started one for this year!
Wrapping an embroidery hoop: A perfect way to finish off completed embroidery/sewing makes when displaying them in an embroidery hoop
Now I have got my sewing Christmas makes (Folded Tree Decorations, Mini Fabric Stockings) out of the way I have been able to focus on finishing some of the embroidery makes I have been working on over the last few months. First one completed is a embroidered flowers embroidery hoop. The pattern is one I put together using a pattern from Crossstitcher magazine (April 2018). The original pattern was too big to fit in the hoop I was using so I used bits from the pattern to fill the hoop.
I wanted to do something a bit different with the embroidery hoop and also wanted to combine this with using up some of my scrap fabrics so I decided to cover the hoop with fabric.
Covering/wrapping an embroidery hoop:
Cut strips of fabric 4cm wide and sew them together.
Fold the raw edges inwards and press.
Wrap the folded fabric around the hoop using a clip to hold the start in place.
Once the whole hoop is wrapped secure the start and end with a few stitches.
To create a display loop:
Cut 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric.
Place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.