... posting again.
I am taking a class with Karen Ruane "Embroidery School". Here is the link to her
very inspiring site: http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/
We are stitching by hand but also by machine - FME - free machine embroidery.
I always liked to make holes and then surround them by buttonhole stitches.
We can also play with paper strips - also fixed by FME
and overlayed with homemade lace
Fabric is a great theme, too. Hand sewn seams.
Embellishment with bullion knots and beads.
Appliqued octagons - the English paper piecing comes in handy.
I surrounded them with rope stitch. If you would like to know how to
make rope stitch - here is the link to SharonB's stitch dictionary:
It is 1" in diameter
More embellishment - a fabric buttonhole and as a gag a little
square piece of lace on the point - from a secondhand shop in France.
A hexagon filled with silk with some beads and next to it
a little pocket - it is open on top
I embellished it later with bulllion and French knots.
You can find all those stitches in SharonB's stitch dictionary.
These silvery beads are called "smooth purl" - they come as a long string
and you cut them as short or long as you wish. Normally used for gold work.
I ordered them at
(absolutely no affiliation).
This time it is the chain stitch which is framing the hexagon.
I use fil à broder no. 16
A buttonholed loop which of course is never intended to
be pulled over the square pearl-of-mother button
The embroidery school will still be running for 8 weeks - so there is
more to come.