|Stash fabrics, Anchor embroidery flosses and 4 ply wool|
I've loved Jenny Blair's work since spotting it last year up at Peel Farm Shop in Glen Isla as part of Angus Open Studios 2013. I stalked her work to her exhibition at Kirriemuir's Bank Street Gallery and followed her on Facebook. Last month she announced a sew-a-long making bunting to her designs and I put all my to-read books back in the library and cleared my decks. For 6 weeks Jenny promised to print a design each week for us to stitch up.
Week 1 covered fabric selection and a Barn Owl Embroidery design. Thanks to many years doing cross stitch I have a vast range of embroidery flosses and was able to dive into my fabric and wool stash to find fabrics and threads that came together in my favourite Scottish palatte: golds, mossy greens, browns and muted lilac.
I thought I knew what a barn owl looked like but worked with a picture on my phone just to keep me in
|Back stitch was used for all the lines except the flowers|
touch with the colouring. Because I made life hard for myself and used a dark green for this first flag I couldn't transfer the pattern with in any of the usual ways so printed it out and stitched through. Never again, the paper was a nightmare to remove at the end and I discovered I do actually have transfer paper so I would use that next time!
Once finished I pressed it, I hadn't put this one in an embroidery hoop as I forgot to and just cut out the bunting shape, luckily the paper stablised it. I'm not sure about the colours, but I know from experience to leave it and come back to it if I'm still not happy at the end.