I was given a plain purple knit top and decided it would be improved by adding some hand embroidery. It worked well last time I tried it! (Embroidering on Knits)
I set myself up as Jessica taught me on her online Craftsy course (Design It, Stitch It, Hand Embroidery). This time I'm using some designs from "Embroidered Memories" by Brian Haggard. I traced them on my Sulky Solvy stabilizer then fitted it all together with the hoop.
I used two strands of Anchor embroidery cotton and an embroidery needle. I chose a motley collection of colours, i.e. any of the floss I had in my supplies that looked like they had faded to a 'sepia' tint over time! As some of them were my Mother's, that may in fact be the case! A beige, a pinky beige, a browny beige, a creamy beige... get the idea?
Some of them look very similar, and a couple of times I got half way round a flower or leaf, then chose the wrong colour for the other half and had to unpick and re-stitch it! I did the centre arrangement first, then worked up one side, then copied it up the other side. It really didn't take very long, I only stitched in the evenings, hence the trouble with mistaking the shades.
When I had done all the repeat arrangements, I linked them with some curving lines in feather stitch. When I was happy I had done enough, it was time for a quick 'dip and swish' to dissolve the Solvy. Then I hung it up to dry. Once dry, I removed the basting, clipped the backing close to the stitching and gave it all a press with steam.
I used a variety of stitches, as suggested in the book, including; blanket stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, detached chain stitch, fly stitch and french knots. Then the sun came out, so I put it on and rushed outside!
However I added a black polo neck jersey underneath and have been wearing it every day since! This was a selfie taken at night. Today it was admired and I was asked where I bought it, which was a lovely compliment! I feel ready to try more, so now I am going to make myself an embroidered memory cushion.