My newest project is something I consider to be the best of both worlds; hand stitching and quilting. I just purchased a pair of patterns called Little Houses No. 1 and Little Houses No. 2. Both of these patterns are designed by the very talented Michelle May. Michelle designs her own line of patterns, runs a successful online shop called The Raspberry Rabbits, and is the author of the much-anticipated new book on Folk Art Fusion. I, for one, can hardly wait until the book debuts next month.
Little Houses No. 1 is a beautiful design which depicts a quaint house with a swirly, twirly tree, 2 adorable bunnies sitting on the front lawn and a sentiment that reads “Love grows best in little houses”. I am using the exclusive Valdani Folk Art Floss Kit for my project and am very excited to start stitching with it since Michelle so highly recommends this product. The floss is 3 strands which means it is ready to stitch, no separating the strands with this. In addition, it’s colorfast, hand-dyed and comes in a plethora of beautiful colors. Need I say more?
Here is a great idea from Michelle, she recommends using Bosal non-woven lightweight fusible interfacing to add a light layer on the back of your fabric to hide thread colors when stitching across from one design to another. Now how is that for a brilliant idea?
As you can tell from my picture, I have already cut the linen to size, marked the design, adhered the Bosal interfacing to the back of my fabric and stay stitched around the edge. Now the fun begins, stitching the design. Something to note, I veered off a bit from Michelle’s directions in that I used a water-soluble marker for marking the design on my fabric instead of the recommended brown Pigma Pen. And yes, I checked beforehand to be certain the marker would disappear with a bit of water. The reason I decided to go with the water-soluble marker is very simple, I’m not an accomplished hand stitcher and was concerned I wouldn’t completely cover the markings with my stitches. The water-soluble eliminates that issue since the markings disappear with a bit of water. No worries with the floss either since it’s colorfast.
So, if you are one of those folks who enjoy hand stitching, I would highly recommend “hopping” on over to The Raspberry Rabbits and peruse the shop for many wonderful Patterns, “Needfuls”, Valdani Floss and other items that are sure to peak your interest. In addition, don’t overlook the Harrington and Hannah Block of the Month patterns that Michelle so generously shares for free.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Michelle’s blog that she updates quite often. Sign up for updates and you’ll never miss another post because you can have them delivered right to your inbox.
Now onto stitching. I’ll share the progress of my Little Houses project from time-to-time, but for now I want to thank you for visiting and hope you have a blessed day.
All products, with the exception of the water-soluble marker were purchased from “The Raspberry Rabbits”