Guest post from my mother, Laura!
A while ago my daughter Hannah discovered PinTangle – Sharon B’s fantastic website for embroidery and crazy quilting. She shared it with me and in the course of clicking through all the links I found Sumptuous Surfaces. SS is her course on embroidery design and embellishing. We both signed up. During the course students chose a theme, planned two embroidery projects and carried them through to completion. I chose a beach theme with a hand holding a shell. I then spent several days and many pieces of paper drawing the hand, over and over and over. Trying this, then that, then the other. Eventually, I had a design and I was stitching away. This is the first hand I designed and stitched.
The zig zag straight stitches of the snail’s body are finished off with French knots for his eyes. His shell is made of stem stitch and satin stitch.
The hand is outlined in a variety of line stitches. The textured background defines the hand shape, the inside of the hand is left free of stitching. The fingernails are done in satin stitch.
The beach surrounding the hand is made of all kinds of textured stitches. There are French knots, seed stitches, bouillons, and buttonhole wheels, as well as lines of back stitch and satin stitch. There are even a few beads for extra pretty.
I tried out just about every line stitch I could on the hand outline. Recognizable stitches include button hole, whipped straight stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch and back stitch. That white line at the bottom is something of a mystery – poorly executed herringbone over something else maybe? Oh well, it was the first time I had done embroidery in a very, very long time. Everything considered, such as this is the first embroidery I had done in at least ten years or so, I am pretty happy with the results. I certainly had fun.