Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hand Embroidery

My tip...use a nice soft flannel for your backing. You knots and thread will not show through.

 Now on to some projects.

Here are a few I made last year.
This is a Sarah Jane PATTERN


  

  I enjoyed doing his hair with a variegated thread all in french knots. 


I am also working on this pattern, Winter Wonderland. Actually I am on year two of this pattern!
It can be found HERE




Another thing I love to do is to incorporate embroidery into my quilt blocks.






Happy Stitching!

31 comments:

  1. I've love patterns you have shared - I am really fond of the vintage 'blue-bird' patterns or any of the 'days of the week' pieces.

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  2. Such sweet patterns Jane , the tiny pillow was a cute idea for that stitchery . I have only embroidered one tea towel and I just stitched through being careful not to carry threads . I will be reading what others advise. I've been working away on some stitching and love those threads!

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  3. What a lovely post! Thanks for the patterns and sources. I have done some tea towels but didn't use anything on the back. Yes, the threads show, but I just clipped them very short and pressed them towards the stitchery.

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  4. Beautiful stitching! I can't wait to see all the wonderful posts from this series. I've never tried the flannel on the back of my stitching...what a great tip! As for towels, I usually don't back them...the stitching seems to hold up fine!

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  5. Thanks Jane for sharing your embroideries and the links. I stitched a tea towel once and didn't cover up the stitching on the back. I know a few women who make them without a backing too. In fact I don't know of anyone who has backed their tea towels.

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  6. Jane the Flickr group for the vintage designs is for members only. It came up that it is a private group, so I don't know how you can become a member?

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  7. Love the little door pillow! Also love all of the pattern links. I think we forget that our simple doodles can become great subjects for stitchery, just as the book shows. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Love your stitcheries :) I have a couple of the Crabapple patterns...one I'd like to start is Snowmen A to Z...maybe this winter. That little pillow is so sweet, love your color choices you made!

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  9. You have made some really great embroidery projects. I have the snowman one started too. One day.
    I have one of the doodle stiching books. such cute designs in it.
    I also have the other book.

    As far as the towel goes. I do not add any thing to the back. I have several vintage towels that I have found in antique stores. None of the have anything on the back so I went with what others did way back when.

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  10. Love all the hand stitchery projects. I am begining to embroider again . The last time I embroidered or actually smocked was when my daughter was in 2nd grade. She is now going into the 8th grade. She had informed me she was too old and wouldn't wea ranythign else that was smocked ever. it made her look like a baby...lol....she was my baby... But I am enjoyinh embroidery again now. I do have a question for you. What is the difference between the DMC floss and the presencia floss. is it just different brands and one is round vs straight?? Curious

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  11. Jane, what a fun post and I have such a fondness for stitchery. I have Winter Wonderland completed, but done in blue and just needs to be quilted.

    I only use Dunroven t-towels which usually have colored stripes and flour sack towels (Aunt Martha's from JoAnnes) or recently ordered from American Chair company some good ones. No backing with embroidery, just very neat starting and ending (looks like slugs)and no carry overs. Been experiementing with the "waste knot" and that is working well. Judy C

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  12. I'm loving this blog post! Thank you for all the resources and places to check out.
    Your little project made the most adorable "grand babies" door hanger. I hope to learn much as I pop in each Monday!
    Thanks again!

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  13. Hi Jane, Love all your projects! The door hanger is so sweet. Your stitching is beautiful. I need to find a couple of the books you have shared love the motifs in them. My computer is on the blitz and on its way to the local tech guy. But I am working on my project and should be ready to share on my day. I am using all the samples you sent along with some of the threads I bought from you during the embrodery hop from a few months ago. Only color I don't have and would like is grey. Would it be ok to use another brand if I cannot find it?

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  14. I have the Crabapple Hill Snowman quilt top made just not quilted yet:( Plus several others of hers:)I just finished an alphabet quilt and blocks form S is the Stitch book:)
    I have never hand emb on towels so can't help you there but I usually put a piece of muslin behind all my hand emb.

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  15. Those are all wonderful pieces and wonderful examples of how to use the threads. They really do look beautiful in stitchery.

    Debbie

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  16. Beautiful stitching. Live the sweet vintage and snowman designs.
    Not sure with hand embroidery on towels but I know if they are Terry towel and machine embroidered, it is recommended to use a water soluble stabilizer top and bottom for better results.

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  17. For towels I just stitch without backing. I think we all started our embroidery lives on dish towels.

    Your work is beautiful and I like the books suggested.

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  18. Hi Jane: I love your embroideries. When I do dish towels I do not back them to hide the stiches. Rather I start and finish with a small locking stitch of one or two thread widths. It's easy to repeat that technique at the beginning and end of a section of embroidery and voila, no knots. I start all my embroidery this way now.

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  19. Lovely stitching and such sweet designs. I haven't stitched on towels since I was a kid, but I made some flour sack towels for my Grandma and she used them all the time. In fact, I have some of those towels now. I didn't put any backing on any of those towels and they held up really well for all the use (and laundering) my Grandma gave them.

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  20. nice work and great ideas. it would be cute to make napkins or a door hanger. i have made teatowels both ways. all the old dresser doilies never had backings. i backed some teatowels for gifts just to make them different.

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  21. I'm loving all your tips, ideas, resources; thank you so much. I learned to embroider eons ago!! - no kidding! I started with tea towels and made a knot to begin and end my stitching. My first real set of tea towels were actual flour sacks that we bought from the local bakery. We brought them home and washed them many times and hung them ouside for the sun to bleach them - it took all summer. No backing at all on the tea towels and they were fine. As I grew more adept at embroidery and read books, it was suggested that embroidery should not be done with knots but you should stitch over the beginning tail and then trim close. At the end, you just were to bury the tail. I did it that way from then on and liked the smoothness of the work; that seemed to work just fine and washed well too. I now have an embroidery machine - love it! But, I do have some hand embroidery projects waiting for me to tackle. I'm looking forward to Mondays - TGIM has a nice ring.

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  22. Jane, I love your post! Your embroidery project is sweet and precious. Your past projects are excellent too. I`m so glad your shared your patterns. This is great!

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  23. I'm so new to embroidery so I wouldn't even know what to tell you about the back of a towel. Beautiful embroidery pieces!

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  24. Jane, Floriani makes a nice soft web like stabilizer, water soluble that I use for my machine embroidery and have found it works well with hand embroidery as well. It is used to embroider golf shirts. I can't think of the name because I borrowed some from a friend who has just shown me the product. I do know this product has a pinkish tint to it whereas most stabilizers from Floriani is white or off white. I'm a novice as well but am learning a lot about stabilizers with my new embroidery machine.
    Blessings
    Jane

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  25. Hi Jane. I found you from Carrie at A Passion for Applique.

    This is a wonderful post, a wealth of information. Thank you for sharing.

    I'm going to become a follower so that I do not miss a stitch!

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  26. It is all very pretty. I haven't done any embroidery in a while but it will be so interesting to see what others have been stitchin up.

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  27. It's been years since I e embroidered. Just seeing all the phots and places to find embroidery ideas was wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing lots more embroidery pieces in Blogland due to your post!

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  28. Beautiful stitching Jane!
    Very inspiring start to the hop :0)

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  29. Your embroideries are so detailed and wonderful, Jane! That door hanging is absolutely the sweetest!

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  30. I love all of those projects. I have made some tea towels and don't put anything on the back. I try to keep my stitching neat on the back but don't know how it would look to cover it with something.

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  31. I love your choice of patterns.:-) They are just soooo cute. And thanks for all the tips and links you provided. Like Carol, I would'nt know how to cover a tea towel, have never made one. But we should never say never...

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