A few posts back I had written that I was the lucky winner of Anne's Cottons 'n Wool giveaway. The prize was a kit of Primitive Gathering's penny rug design called "Just Picked". Well... even though I had mentioned in my last post that I was going to finish everything I had already started before starting a new project... I could not resist starting AND finishing this little piece...
After all, who can resist daisies in a classic ball jar during the Summer months?!? This runner finishes up at about 18" x 8"... so, a nice size for a summer table setting. I'm sure you all already know... but the wool that Primitive Gatherings puts in their kits is so soft and beautifully dyed... a real pleasure to stitch with! The instructions in the pattern are clearly written too... and there is usually a tip or two to make the prep process that much easier! :-) Sooooo... a huge thanks to Anne for picking me as the winner of your giveaway! And also another huge thanks to Lisa Bongean for sharing her talents... I absolutely adore this design!!!! :-)
Yesterday I made some progress on the Pretty In Leaves Runner. I sat at the ol' Kenmore and played with some of the stitch settings. Since it is an older machine, it does not have too many fancy stitches. In fact, none of them really work as an applique stitch. So, I decided to straight stitch just inside the edge... in hopes that after a few washes, the edges of the leaves will curl up and give them a softer look.
I had originally wanted to hand blanket stitch around these appliques, but the fusible web that's on these pieces made the fabric a bit too stiff for my hands to get the needle through comfortably. Maybe on my next project with these pre-fused lovlies (called Silhouettes) I can try a different needle... or a better thimble...
Learn by doing.
Until next time... Stay Healthy and Keep On Smiling!