My Traveller's Blanket made it's way to North Bay for our Canadian Thanksgiving. It was the first time in years that I was able to go and it was great seeing all of the family again. I showed off the blanket and even got a little bit of stitching done at the hotel before we checked out. I also took some lovely pictures of Lake Nipissing - it's such a beautiful area, even when the sun is behind clouds.
Stitching up an eco-printed piece
I really wanted to see the effect of stitching on my eco-printed piece. It came out well for my first try.
It's Day 31 on my #100dayschallenge on Instagram. I used 2 strands of the Bengal linen thread for all the embroidery. The running stitch came out well in all of the colours except for the marigold stitch on the bottom left. I ended up stitching another two strands on top of the original 2 strands. I'm not sure that I'm supposed to do that but it came out fine 😊
|Running stitch with Bengal linen thread on a piece of eco-printed fabric|
I'm looking forward to working on another little piece, although I'm considering using brighter threads.
Traveller's Blanket Update
I've been working steadily on my Traveller's Blanket and posting my stitches on Instagram. Stitching a little bit every day, or more every few days, really makes the project advance.
Day 28 - Sky Lights block
I attached the block with a buttonhole stitch and then used the same coloured thread as the background for the threaded chain stitch. The dark green thread is Honest Yarn linen. I love using the same type of stitch around the block as within it. Spoiler alert, Day 37 below has a second border that I forgot to post.
|Sky Lights block surrounded by a |
threaded chain stitch border
Day 30 - Pink Stitches block
I attached this block with a running stitch but didn't think much of it, so then went back and made sort of a cross stitch. It's surrounded by some lovely herringbone stitches. The thread is Sulky variegated Cotton Petites.
|Pink Stitches block with a herringbone border|
Day 32 - Angles
Angles got surrounded by a Triangular buttonhole stitch using a Sulky bendable cotton Petites. I really should have practiced but couldn't find my sample cloth (story of my life!) They're a bit wobbly but proof that with practice, even if it's on the piece itself, your stitches can get better! Besides, don't you like the experimental vibe of this piece?
|Angles block with triangular buttonhole stitches|
Day 33 - Hexie with stars and sheaf
The following hexies were embroidered during my last #100hexies100days challenge. To match but keep it simple, I added some Algerian eye stitches using my hand-dyed threads.
|Hexie surrounded by Algerian eye stitches|
Day 34 - Pink and blue hexie with stitches
I surrounded this hexie with chevron. Between the chevrons and the hexie, I added pink detached chain stitch flowers (lazy daisy stitches) and then blue French knots on the outside. All of the threads are hand-dyed. I just love the colours of this hexie!
|So many stitches!|
Day 35 - Gone fishing hexie
This hexie and the one that follows were made from fabric that I painted for my Marks & Stitches project. For this one, I added some chain and fly stitches. I thought that it might be nice to surround it with more fly stitches made with Sulky variegated Cotton Petites.
|Fly stitches - are we going fishing?|
Day 36 - Woven and whipped hexie
Here is the hexie before it was attached to the blanket. It's from the same painted fabric as above. The hexie has a cable stitch and a large buttonhole stitch. Once it was placed to the blanket, I wove the buttonhole stitch with the green Sulky variegated Cotton Petites. I surrounded the hexie with whipped cable stitch. I think that it may need another border.
|Painted fabric with cable and |
|Buttonhole stich woven and then the |
chain stitch around it is whipped
Day 37 - Second border around Sky Lights
The second border is whipped chain stitch.
|Sky lights block with a second border of|
whipped chain stitch
Day 29 - Stitching on a Hosta leaf
Yes, you read it correctly! The Hosta leaf was stitched as part of a workshop with Hillary Waters through TextileArtist.org I never thought that I would be stitching on a Hosta leaf or any other vegetation!😊 These are bits of Couched hand-dyed thread.
|Stitching on a Hosta leaf|
|Couched hand-dyed thread|
Nature pictures of the weekend
Here are some pictures that I took of Lake Nipissing. It was really great to be out there.
Sunrise on Saturday (yes, I actually got up!)
|Sunrise at Lake Nipissing|
|Quintessential White Pine of|
|Fallen leaves on the shore|
|Water, waves and rocks|
|So powerful and yet tranquil|
What I learned
- I really love how my Traveller's Blanket is coming along. I only have one hexie to finish stitching and one hexie to add a second border to, and then it will be time to start stitching the whole piece.
- I'll be using running stitches in fine thread for what will essentially be the quilting of the blanket.
- I'm thinking of echoing each block or hexie and then stitching horizontally around each one. I'll try it out on a section and see how it looks. The piece is quite busy, so I don't want to over do it.
- What did you think of the stitching on the Hosta leaf? I'm really glad that I did it, but it felt really weird stitching on something that was alive. It's very transitory and the leaf has started to dry up and has changed colours. It's interesting but a little sad. I'm not sure that I'm going to be doing this again, although it goes to prove that we can really stitch through anything!
- For those who are wondering, I just applied some glue to the back of the Hosta and let it dry before stitching on it. You can do this to pretty much anything - and add more glue to stiffen it up if needed. Not all glues work the same, so you will want to try some out before stitching too much.
- Since today is Thanksgiving in Canada, I added a link to my Quilty Great Fullness below. It was written in 2015 and still applies!
I posted the Hosta leaf as a squirrel at DrEAMi
with Sandra at mmm quilts!