While I am waiting for my Solvy to carry on with Jessica's Craftsy Course, I thought I would take a tip from her book, and embroider some gifts! I did this tiny Home Sweet Home panel, using my new A4 light box and Frixion Pen to trace my design. I used some Robert Kaufman "Essex" linen and Anchor embroidery floss. It's mainly back-stitch, the O's are chain stitch and the "Climbing Roses"(?!) are French Knots.
Frixion Pens are fairly new, erasable pens. You use the eraser on the end to rub them out and the heat from the friction makes the marks disappear. For fabric you just need to apply heat. I tested this by holding the iron over the fabric and sure enough the lines just disappeared! Awesome, so much better than accidentally making my marks permanent by ironing over a water soluble pen mark!
So I stitched this one up, using a variety of stitches and colours. (Backstitch, Fly, Chain, Cretan, Buttonhole, Double knot). Sorry about the reflection, but aren't these rustic frames nice! The E and H show up better in real life.
I still refer to my old school text, "100 Embroidery Stitches" by Anchor, although I do have "The Embroidery Bible" by Betty Barnden. I would have liked to have the "A-Z of Embroidery Stitches" books as they use photos instead of diagrams, but they appear to be unavailable and out of print now. I also go to Mary Corbet's Needle 'n' Thread site and watch her videos if the diagrams don't 'speak' to me!
This one I kept simple using just one colour and one stitch (backstitch). It's already gone to it's new home!
This is whipped backstitch, and the O's are couched. It's for my niece, who loves all the blues. The Candy Cane effect is apt!
Best of all, I am using my lovely sewing bag for my embroidery work now, instead of it languishing in a drawer.