Thursday, June 29, 2017

Big Bloom Satchel



Whether you have already started making the Solstice Dream wall hanging or still thinking about it, this new satchel is just what you need to hold a few blocks with patterns, threads and notions.


The pattern is made to cover a newly designed Yazzii bag that is 10" wide x 12" long x 3" deep.  As you can see in the above photo it zips open completely to prevent that "digging around" looking for the right thread and has a handy divider.

 
The 4 removable pockets have a variety of dividers that fit spools, scissors, thimbles, needles, etc. and the see-through pockets keep the guess work out of where you put that needle threader.

I have made a limited number of kits that include the pattern, hand-dyed wool, cotton, batting...... well, basically everything you need to make this handy project bag.

Kits will begin shipping on July 10, 2017 and can be found in my Etsy shop HERE 

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Block 8 - Pollen Gathering



The instructions and tips for Solstice Dream blocks include the needles and types of threads used in this project.  Thread colors are included in the pattern.  Book pages refer to those in the Right (or Left) Handed Embroiderer's Companion available in my Etsy shop.
 
This block works up quickly with stitches we have used on previous blocks, so let's get started with a few ideas on the applique.  

Tips: 
  1. I use a hole punch to cut out the 1/4" circles for the buds.
  2. From the teal wool cut out the entire flower (including the red base portion) and then place the red wool flower base on top of the teal wool.  This method will give more texture to the flower and eliminate any variation in the thickness of the red base that can occur if you only slip a small portion of the teal wool underneath.  

Flower:
The red buds above the flower may be appliqued in place or simply attached with a French Knot (page 94) using a #24 Chenille needle and just 1 wrap with Silken Pearl #5.

Add a stem from the buds to the Teal colored flower using #5 Pearl Cotton and #24 Chenille needle with Back Stitch (page 10).

Thread a #1 Milliner with Sea Grass and Back Stitch 2 rows on Teal flower.  See tips for using Sea Grass on Block 7 - Woven Petals.

With Silken Pearl #5 in a #24 Chenille needle, add 5 rows of Chain Stitch to the red flower base (see above photo).


I began my chain stitching by placing a small pin in the top center of the red wool to guide me.  Next, I chain stitched along each edge of the red wool and then the row between the center and edges to get the proper spacing.

Leaves: 
The inner leaf is embellished with Fly Stitch (page 91) using Pearl Cotton #5 in a Chenille #24 needle from point to point.
Outline the outer green leaf with the same Pearl Cotton in a #1 Milliner needle stitching Bullion Knots with 8 wraps.


 The lower peach colored leaves are woven with Silken Pearl #5 in the #1 Milliner needle.  Begin by making 7 evenly spaced Straight Stitches  from the top to the bottom of the leaf.  Next, weave 3 lines side-to-side across these stitches.

To finish the lower leaves and secure the weaving, stitch a small X using Pearl Cotton #8 across each intersection (see top photo).
 
 Pollen gathering requires bees so follow the instructions in previous blocks to add 3 or more bees.

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