One of the designs my Stitchery Club members will receive on Friday is this one, "breathe deep and let go"...
...and this little tutorial will be included in the June issue, as well as here today.
I chose my threads to blend with the fabric on the left, a linen from Lecien's 2013 'Old New 30's' range, and my plan was to frame the block inside it.
This project follows the same process as a tutorial I shared back here, but instead of making a pincushion using a small square of fabric I had to make sure my fabric border was large enough to wrap around a rectangle the same size as my frame's aperture.
Idea: If you have circular stitcheries gathering dust this is a great way to use them!
After stitching the design choose two pieces of fabric which will blend with the stitchery and lay them in front of you, right sides together with a wrong side facing up at you.
The size of your fabric pieces must be at least 2" larger than your picture frame backing board.
Using a pencil or erasable pen trace a circle onto the centre of the top piece of fabric, making sure it's larger than your stitchery. You could use a plate, a mug, or a quilter's circle template - whatever you have on hand.
(I will be including a template with The Stitchery Club pattern)
Carefully stitch the two pieces of fabric together, then cut away the centre about 1/8" inside the machine stitched line...
With small sharp scissors cut little notches around the inside of the circle but avoid cutting through the machined seam.
Pull the top piece of fabric through the opening and press the seam with your fingers before ironing it flat...
Place the stitchery behind the circle opening and pin in position...
Using two strands of embroidery thread, sew the stitchery to the window with a line of running stitch. I chose the same pink thread I'd used in the stitchery...
Turn the window over and trim away the excess stitchery fabric so it's about a 1/4" away from the line of running stitch...
Remove the glass from the frame and use it to trace around a piece of fusible Pellon. Carefully position this behind the stitchery window and fuse in place...
NOTE: Before going any further I added six small pearl buttons around the stitchery window.
Cut a piece of cardboard, not very thick and the same size as the glass, and wrap the fabric window around it. Using a strong thread like Perle #12 cotton, lace back and forth to secure the fabric around it.
(I have a tutorial for this back here if you need it)
Place your stitchery inside the frame, replace the backing board, and safely dispose of the glass.
You now have a sweet stitchery framed inside a window!
There's still time to join the Stitchery Club this month, memberships close on June 16th.
All information is here, plus a free pattern as well.
Today it's finally under 30C (86F) which could mean winter has come to Townsville at last.
There's even rain, and those gentle pitter patter drops on the roof are soothing me to the point of just wanting to lay on the bed and escape into a good book, but that will have to wait another day as I have patterns to write this afternoon and weekend washing to do. Fortunately the un-seasonal rain is supposed to hang around all week so I will pencil in a slumber day for tomorrow and maybe get a big pot of soup going in the crockpot.
Ah, the crockpot...one of the things I love about winter in the tropics.
Have a wonderful week!