Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cutwork and Ruched Silk

I added the hand ruched sample behind some cutwork.  This will be the front of my needlebook.

I fell in love with this project by one of Karen's former students and it inspired me to create something similar.  I'm loving how this looks so far! 

Cutwork and ruching on the front of my needlebook

I'm still struggling to make the buttonholing on my cutwork look really even and tidy.  It didn't help that silk dupioni frays like mad as soon as you touch it; I needed a sturdier edge. 

For the middle circle I tried something different.  I used chain stitch instead of running stitch, and also added chain stitching around the edge that would be cut out, to minimize the fraying.  I think it made a difference to the finished look but I still need more practice.

Chain stitching on both edges for cutwork


Giac said...

Hello Marie,
It looks beautiful!
Big hug,

Niele♡ said...

It is amazing. Great work!!

Seams French said...

Your cutwork circle is a perfect round. Quite inspiring.

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How amazing it is! You did a great job on that.