I haven't completely stopped my Loveandpeas makealong, stuff has got in the way a bit but here are two I have completed. Number three was this adorable squirrel, for this one the technique to be used was filling stitches and I just had the best fun. On the leaves I've used variegated 4ply wool in a satin stitch radiating out from the veins and then I've gone over the top of the veins in chain stitch in the same wool, part of the fun was trying to figure out which bits to stitch first. The squirrel is almost all stitched in long and short stitch, angled to go in the direction of the fur, and is a mixture of embroidery flosses and wools. The eyes and the lines on the face are backstitched in dark embroidery floss and the tummy is done with single short stitches scattered all over. There are french knots on the squirrel and the acorn, and on the background flowers and just a bit of stem stitch on the curling acorn leaf stems. What a lovely design!
Number two was a bit of applique and a deer design. As with most
things in fabric design there are a lot of different ways to do something and I followed the instructions and used interfacing to stabilise my bits of fabric before pinning them onto the background and blanket stitching them in place. However, in future I will use fusible backing, something I've used so many times in the past but didn't think I had any (I did, it was hiding...). It basically glues the fabric onto the background and you don't even need to stitch, but I would have done the blanket stitch anyway, it does look so good. This time I did copy the embroidery pattern onto quilting paper, a flimsy substance like tissue paper which is strong enough to draw onto but tears away easily once you've stitch through it. Then I embroidered all the loveliness of the design in place, wool for the tree, french knots, plenty more practice. This was all done during the Boat Race and it did a lot to distract me from the rather awful result...