How lovely to get so many thumbs up on the blog, Instagram and Facebook over my decision to create a 'spin on prim' for the next set of Stitchery Club patterns. Thank you so much, sweet gals!
Here's the third of six new designs, "Prim Spin Patchwork".
It started out as Redwork on a piece of taupe and cream pin-dot fabric which I'd been saving for ages, but about half way through I decided to add some dark teal accents and a little applique...
I think we underestimate the visual effect of using just two colours in an embroidery. Often we use a single colour, or a palette of various shades, but rarely do we marry two together and leave it at that.
Red and turquoise have long been a favourite duo of mine, and now I'm in love with darker tones of teal, especially on a patterned stitchery background. To bring a stitchery 'out' of a patterned fabric you need strong colours otherwise the fabric will compete with the embroidery and your wonderful stitching can be lost...
The addition of tiny pops of applique can also help to 'star' a stitchery on such a background...
Mostly I choose to stitch on a plain white or cream linen/cotton background fabric, but it's fun to shake things up a bit and choose a print occasionally.
Here's a few more I've made this way in the past ...
If you've wanted to hand embroider on a print fabric but been a bit hesitant, these few things may encourage you to give it a try -
* the stitchery is the star so choose thread colours which assert themselves and aren't lost in the fabric
* choose a very tiny print or a large pale/soft print, such as pin-dots, stripes or tonals
* choose prints that are pale shades of a single colour and avoid multi colour fabrics
* if the stitchery design can carry it, add small pops of applique to create visual dimension
* play around with heavier stitches, such as chain stitch, satin stitch or stem stitch, as these also add dimension
FREE PRACTICE PATTERN
Sort through your quilting fabrics and find one that has a lovely soft print, a fabric you think may work perfectly as the background for my free "The Gratitude Attitude" pattern.
The free stitchery pattern is HERE.
For this design I chose a pale grey and white print which allowed the red stitchery to take centre stage. The flower petals were chain stitched so they stand out and make their presence known.
For further impact I stitched large red buttons onto the flower centres, but satin stitch could also be a vibrant alternative.
Think about the colour you'll stitch with.
Red was perfect for the grey print, but what if you have a soft pink?
Lay your fabric on the table and audition threads by scattering them over it. The threads which draw your eyes to look at them instead of the fabric are worthy of consideration.
Back in 2014 I shared a tutorial for sewing this stitchery into a bag. If you'd like to follow it once your block is complete it's over here.
I hope you have a lovely weekend! We have our daughter Blossom and her DB coming over for dinner tonight so I'd best get the corned beef into the crockpot and shop for lemon meringue pie ingredients.
If you've been praying for our Blossom, thank you. She's recovering from the pneumonia slowly but surely, however all the coughing has caused her to crack a few ribs so she's still in some pain.
The baby is just five weeks away from her due date so we'd appreciate continued prayers for a full recovery before the birth.