I’ve been happily working on my Little Houses 1 project since I last posted and have completed the hand stitching.
I purchased a new type of embroidery thread (at least new to me) from The Raspberry Rabbits called Valdani Floss Folk Art Collection. After working with this for the past week I can honestly say it is a thread I would recommend. It’s a bit different from the tried and true DMC floss in that it comes ready to stitch with 3 strands, you don’t have to separate the strands. I used my handy, dandy Thread Heaven thread conditioner to keep the floss from tangling and knotting. This is a product I typically use when hand stitching and find it makes the floss glide better with less knotting and tangling. I do love the colors of this floss set and I really like the end result, so I will definitely purchase more for other projects in the future.
I’m not an expert hand stitcher by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy sitting down in a comfy chair and work with a needle and thread to see a project come to life. My favorite stitch on this project is by far the french knot. The french knots make the swirly tree pop with a touch of rose-colored dots. And how about those cute bunnies sitting in the yard? This design by Michelle May is so me, and I’m anxious to complete this so I can move onto the Little Houses 2 design and make that beautiful pillow too.
One other important note, the instructions from Michelle are concise and easy to read and follow. She advises to add a piece of fusible Bosal non-woven fusible interfacing to the back of the linen prior to stitching. I followed her directions to a T and must say this product worked perfectly. I wholeheartedly agree with Michelle that it does a good job of hiding the threads on the back from showing through to the front. The Bosal also stabilizes the linen a bit and to me it’s the perfect weight for stitching. Michelle advised to sew a stay stitch 1/8″ from the raw edge to keep everything from fraying too badly. As you may notice, there are only a few straggly threads along the edges, so her advice is right on point as well.
From bunnies in the front yard to a stuffed bunny, bunnies just seem to be the theme today as I have one other project I’d like to share with you as well. This project idea came from a free tutorial at U Create called the Faux Chenille Bunny.
This is my first attempt at making faux chenille and I must say it is quite easy to do, but there were a few pitfalls along the way. The flannel fabric I used came from Hobby Lobby and worked OK, however, in the future I will use a better quality flannel that I purchase from a quilt store. Why you ask? Because after sewing the seams at 3/8″ and trimming down to 1/8″ as the directions indicate, the seams didn’t hold up well. In fact the seam came apart in one place while I was stuffing the bunny, so I had to do a bit of hand stitching to help hold it together. Not good after spending the time and money, but certainly a lesson learned. Buy quality fabric…
There were 2 additional glitches that I should mention. I missed cutting one channel and in another instance I only cut through the top 2 layers instead of 3 so the underneath fabric is different. Ugh. The good news is I learned what not to do by making these mistakes so hopefully none of these will happen again. I do like this bunny which is quite soft and cuddly and will look nice on a shelf in my sewing room. Another bunny will be appearing soon as the fabric is already stitched and the channels cut.
I would really like to make a faux chenille baseball with red stitching lines for our grandsons. Any suggestions of patterns or tutorials?
Oops, I almost forgot, I used my Olfa Chenille Cutter to make the channel cuts and it worked quite well. It was a little tough to start the cuts in a few places so I made little snips with my scissors to help it along. I felt this happened because I was working on the bias. However, once it started to cut, it did a fabulous job cutting through the top 3 layers of flannel with no hesitation. I really like this tool and would recommend it.
Well that’s it for today.