Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lichen Embroidery - French Knots

One of my favourite fabrics in my stash screamed out for some embroidered lichen, so I'm playing around with french knots.  They're tricky to keep uniform but for a nature inspired piece I'm liking the unevenness of the stitches:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Embroidered Silk Scarf with Leaves - Finished

Here's the finished the silk scarf.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it overall: 

I have a new rule - ALWAYS stabilize silk with fusible interfacing first.  The edges raveled so much that I had to make the final size narrower than planned.  

The lining is the same silk I used for the leaves.  

The running stitches are more subtle than I expected.  I tried for a sashiko style stitch but my hands automatically go back to tiny quilting stitches.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Embroidered Silk Scarf - Leaves

I'm currently stitching my mother's birthday gift:

Both fabrics are silk dupioni, with the leaves fused using Pellon's Wonder Under (I had some in my stash).  I worried about hand stitching through the fused fabric but it's surprisingly easy. 

The thread is a Japanese silk thread that's approximately the thickness of #12 perle cotton.  It's beautiful to stitch with.  I use shorter lengths than I'm used to with perle cotton, otherwise the silk thread gets a bit gnarled / frayed.   Not sure if it's because I'm pulling it through the fusible or if this always happens with silk thread.

I love this piece so far!  I'd be tempted to keep it for myself but these colours are definitely better suited for my mom's complexion.  

Friday, March 9, 2012

Are you a 'No-Reply' blogger?

Blog comments are always appreciated and it's good etiquette to reply to someone's comment, or to visit and leave a comment on their blog in return.

Have you ever tried to respond to a comment but the return address is ''?  That happens when a blogger hasn't changed the privacy settings.  It's very easy to do:

1.  Log in to Blogger and click 'Dashboard' on your screen's upper right
2.  Click 'Edit Profile' (left side of screen, under your name/photo)
3.  Under Privacy, check mark 'Show my email address'.  Further down under Identity, type in the email address you want comments to go to (can be different from your log in email).

That's it.  Doing this will ensure that when you leave a comment for someone and they hit 'Reply', your email address will show up.  Hope this is helpful :)