Everybody knows that Mary Corbet is doing twelve days of give-aways starting TODAY, right?
So, while I’m visiting my parents, I’ve been going to life drawing with my mother. It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve got some lovely line drawings of figures. I would love to work a couple of embroidery pieces based on them. I’m still working out designs based on my drawings (don’t know when I’ll actually get started, but I wanted to tell you about the projects anyway).
I went shopping at an enormous fancy embroidery shop – Stitchville USA in Minnetonka, MN. Wow, they have a lot of beautiful things. You could drop a fortune in there. I ended up with materials for two projects of embroidered line drawings. One project has hand-dyed 40 count linen and hand dyed, dark red, variegated silk (Dinky Dyes 146 Mingenew). The other project has cream colored 35 count linen and dark red overdyed pearl cotton 8 (ThreadWorx 81089). Aren’t they just gorgeous? Of course, I could always use both threads in the same project for some variety.
Now, I will have to be very careful with this project! I suspect it would be a very bad idea to try washing dark red hand dyed threads. I’m not so sure about the hand-dyed linen, either. So I’d better do a very careful transfer of the pattern so it’s covered by the threads and doesn’t need washing out. The transfer must be very accurate. Maybe prick-and-pounce? And I’d also better be very careful to keep the project clean while working it.
I’ve been thinking about stitches for the pieces. One place I looked is the Hand Embroidered Lettering and Text Tutorials at Needle ‘n’ Thread. I think for my projects the best options are back stitch, stem stitch, whipped back stitch, or split stitch. At the moment I’m leaning towards stem stitch with the silk and split stitch with the pearl cotton.