Friday, September 28, 2012

Love Me Do

Mod Heart Mystery Class

Today is all about expanding your horizons!  As a quilter, I have done trapunto but I never thought it would work on canvas!  Way too tight - NOT.  And easier than it looks!  Baste, backstitch and stuff!

Pin and Baste ...I stuck the pins in instead of really pinning them.  Then I basted the edges

Backstitch so it's tight

Then slit and stuff...careful don't cut the needlepoint stitching!

Then whipstitch it closed ( aren't you glad I don't do cosmetic surgery).  Take out the basting stitches and trim around the heart!  Finished!!

Here's the topside view - all that has to be done is outline the heart with the gold braid to hide the backstitches and give it a finished look

And that is stepping outside the box!

Have a Happy Weekend


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Little Gingham Dress

Hi everyone,

I am once again working on three things at a time - can't seem to get away from that.  This month it is  the last lesson on the Mod Heart, a new Christmas Cracker and The Stitching Club.

The Stitching Club is a Melissa Shirley canvas with 5 girls on it.  We will have one class a month for each girl.  Saturday we started with the girl on the far right of the canvas and learned diagonal plaid.  That's one step harder than regular plaid (naturally).

Here's the first pass.  You pick a pattern - here it is 2-2-1 and stitch it over and over in diagonal lines.

Then you start back the other way.  See how it starts to make a plaid?

And here is the finished jumper.

THEN so I won't get bored...

One more lesson on the heart!

And the Christmas Cracker!  Love the couched ribbon on the border!!  I hope to finish this today and then I will only be working on 2 things!  I think I need a needlepoint Lazy Susan...

I am stitching as fast as I can!