Saturday, March 26, 2016

Flower of the Month Project

A brief hello and update ;-).
Flower of the Month lap quilt project progress. So far these are the blocks that are done, the one I'm currently working on, and the main fabric. I was helped with two of these embroidered blocks, and will be helped with two others. There will be twelve embroidered blocks in total, but I may add two more... not sure yet.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Anniversary Gift / Simply Stitched Book Review

The english paper piecing project was put on hold in order to make part of an Anniversary gift for my husband. His work office has an elegant decor and I think this project will complement it. 

This was my very first time using tapestry wool, it was very nice and easy to work with. I used a regular pencil to trace my designs onto tracing paper, then on the back retraced the motifs with an iron on transfer pen (fine tip from Sublime Stitching), and ironed them onto my linen. Where it didn't transfer properly I used my Sewline pencil to go over those areas.

The embroidery goes fast with tapestry wool, but you do need to use more force to pull the needle in and out, which could make your fingers a bit sore if you are not use to embroidering with these materials. Could easily be compared to the feeling of stitching with ribbon and crewel yarn.

The 3 design motifs I chose are from the book Simply Stitched by Yumiko Higuchi . The Japanese version was already in my embroidery library, but Lindsey (from Zakka Workshop/ Worldbook Media) kindly provided me with the English translation to review. Miss Yumiko Higuchi is a master in the art of embroidery, love her work!
Simply Stitched  has very easy to follow directions, and easy to find materials (either online like I did or at your local needlework shop). Not only does the book provides embroidery motifs but also instructions to turn your completed stitcheries in to a variety of practical items. There is a video review on my Instagram if you'll like to take a look. 

Book video-review: Simply Stitched by Yumiko Higuchi @yumikohiguchi / English edition publisher @zakkaworkshop / ISBN: 978-1-940552-22-4 / What a treat to have this book translated in English!!! Love this book!!! Yumiko Higuchi is a master in the art of embroidery 😍. The instructions and diagrams are clear. Measurements for projects (you may need a sewing machine for those) are given in inches and cm. Towards the back are sections on: materials, tools techniques, stitch guide. The patterns are in black & white which makes it easier for tracing. Each design has a stitch guide and DMC color number. Tapestry wool & cotton embroidery floss/thread are used. In my opinion this book is beginner friendly since many of the motifs are simple, but also there are more elaborated motifs and projects for the more experience needleworker and the adventurous beginner. The Japanese version has been in my stash for a bit (on my feed few weeks back) and I was impatiently 😊 waiting for this one to be released, didn't have to wait long @zakkaworkshop kindly provided me with this copy to review. This is my honest review. #needlework #embroidery #hoopart #handembroidery #bordado #broderie #ricamo #stitchery #wool #bookreview #YumikoHiguchi #book #stickerei #design #pattern #textile #diseño #sewing #樋口愉美子 #刺繍 #자수 #تطريز
A video posted by BitsofStitching (@bitsofstitchingtoo) on

I already presented my husband with the finished piece and he was delighted and appreciative... we only need to find a custom frame for it ;-).

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