Weekly Work In Progress – Embroidery Project

originally posted February 26, 2010

By now, I was hoping to be finished with my little bumble bee project and happily working on the next project – another bee or possibly the embroidered day-of-the-week kitchen towels. But time for crafting lately has not been an option. On Tuesday, I picked up where I left off and finished working on the stripes of his body, which I outlined in stem stitch and filled in with satin stitch. Then I moved onto the flower, outlining it with split stitch and filling in the center with orange French knots – my favorite stitch! The next night, I started stitching his legs. So far I finished two of them using padded satin stitch.

I’m hoping this guy will be finished this weekend and then eventually sewn into a potholder – not by me though, I haven’t learned how to sew yet. Maybe sometime soon I’ll find the time to actually sit down at the sewing machine and figure out how it works.

Happy Crafting!


Weekly Work In Progress – Learning Embroidery

originally posted February 5, 2010

It’s been around 3 weeks since I started on my embroidered bee project, which you can read about here in my original blog post. I haven’t finished yet but thought I’d update everyone on how far I’ve gotten. The entire head and face is done. He was looking a little creepy before I filled in the eyes. In the pic above, he looks like some sort of weird, perverted clown. I filled in the eyes using satin stitch in blue and then used French knots in black for the pupils. I have to say, I’m loving the French knots. For some reason I thought they’d be hard to do, but I had a much harder time with the satin stitch. The wings were done in whipped running stitch using two different colors – orange and yellow. The feet I outlined with stem stitch and filled in with split stitch, and the body I’m filling in with satin stitch, which I think I’m getting the hang of, finally. I’ve been referring to Needle ‘n Thread’s online video library of stitches as well as one of my mother’s embroidery books called The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. These have been a great help in the learning process.

no more creepy face

Much to my surprise, I actually like doing embroidery. I assumed it would be something I’d try out, decide I didn’t like it that much, and then move on to another craft. Now, I have all kinds of ideas running through my head for future embroidery projects, including possibly coming up with my own embroidery designs.

Happy Crafting!