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Embroidery, continued.

Bluebird Quilts Retro BOM Block 3 Bluebird Quilts Retro BOM Block 4

The embroidery adventure has continued with Blue Bird Quilts Retro BOM block 3 and 4. 5 is not available yet, so I’m thinking hard about how to tackled my Project of Doom blocks. I want to make sure that I know exactly what I want on those blocks before I make a single stitch! In case you missed it, Week 16 was posted yesterday. I still can’t believe we’re halfway through our BOW!

Bluebird Quilts Retro BOM Block 1

Hand Embroidery Block 1

Bluebird Quilts Retro BOM Block 2

Hand Embroidery Block 2

I’m off to “bee” with my friends. Have a very happy Thursday!

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Hand Embroidery Adventure, block 2

Bluebird Quilts Retro BOM Block 2

A week ago today, I took my first steps toward learning hand embroidery. My stitches still aren’t perfect, but I can feel the process becoming smoother. Block 2 of the Bluebird Quilts BOM (above) is complete and block 3 just a few more details away from being complete. I’m enjoying the learning process and am looking forward to embellishing a special PROJECT very soon!

Darning Threads

Yesterday, I visited The Stitching Studio here in Austin for their open house event at the new location. It looks to be a great facility for learning, with a large, open and bright classroom area with large design walls and great tables for sewing.

In their Thread-Bare thrift store area, I lucked into what I think is a real find, a whole set of darning threads, most of which is silk. I actually bought the little bag of thready goodness because I love wooden spools. When I opened up the bag at home, I realized I might have a little treasure! After poking around online, it seems that darning thread, especially silk, was used to repair silk hose. Anyone have a clue as to what the age of these particular spools might be?

TTMT is tomorrow and the Project of Doom is back in action this week…see you all soon!

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Birthdays and Blocks

Bluebird Quilts Retro BOM Block 1

Well, that embroidery business seems to be working out pretty well! I have finished Block one of the Bluebird Quilts BOM and have moved on to Block 2. There are five in all, so I have a feeling, being a girl that likes order and organization, I might have to do them all…

In other news, it’s my birthday! I’ve already received oodles of birthday wishes and a fantabulous birthday gift from friend Kerry that I just have to share here because I know you all will truly appreciate it’s awesomeness!

Awesome Seam Ripper Is Awesome

Awesome seam ripper of awesome doubles as a backup wand! It’s handmade by a local craftsman.

Thanks, Kerry, it’s too fun for words!

A small correction from yesterday’s post… ALL the free patterns posted yesterday now have numbers. In my excitement to get them online, I uploaded the wrong copy of the patterns. Oops!

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In Which I Learn Something New

Learning to Embroider - BOM In Progress

It’s no secret that I love crafts. Sewing, crochet, DIY, you name it.

I love quilting…especially, most especially paper piecing.

In last week’s TTMT, I mentioned that I want to learn to embroider. It’s frankly getting too hot to crochet in the carpool line, which is how I usually while away my time waiting for my kids.

Also, there is a certain PROJECT that I would like use embroidery for, but I’d really like to get the hang of it before I jump in with both feet.

So, here we go.

After asking my lovely peeps over on Facebook for suggestions and opinions for getting started, I had two handy links to get going with.

First was Sublime Stitching’s How To. I have definitely been on this fabulous website before, but only to admire. The How-To was so wonderful and easy to follow, I printed it out…and then I *might* have laminated it. What? It’s fabulous, and I need to drag it along in the car with me. I also learned there are several stores in Austin that carry Sublime Stitching goodness….field trip!

The second useful link was Blue Bird Quilts’ Retro Nine Patch BOM, a lovely free pattern each month by Australian designer Lyn. I agree with her fans there, a Flickr group would be wonderful inspiration for a newbie like me! I printed month one and used my handy Sewline Ceramic Pencil (I have a green one…it’s fabulous!) to transfer the image onto a lovely swirly background.

After observing of friends that embroider, I decided to back my fabric with a piece of muslin. I love the way the thread pulls through both layers of fabric and feels nice and secure. So far, the stitching has felt very natural, even though I don’t do much hand sewing and it’s been ages since I picked up my hand quilting. It’s going smoothly, and hopefully will continue to do so. As of today, I’ve only practiced the Split Stitch and the Stem Stitch. Hopefully future stitches will go as nicely!

I don’t know if I’ll follow along with the entire Blue Bird BOM, but I do like the retro designs and today’s stitching was very enjoyable. Who knows, maybe I’ll keep it up. With another month of carpool ahead of me, I might even be able to get caught up!

Do you embroider? Do you have favorite sites, blogs, etc.? I’d love to hear your pointers!

And, you know what? I can draw… and I get the feeling that may come in very handy in the future…of DOOM.

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