This week I have spent many hours working on the embroideries that will feature inside the 2nd month of the Stitchery Club. There are six new stitchery patterns this month, and two of them have been stitched in a variety of settings.
I think seeing one design made up in completely different colour schemes, or on different background fabric, expands the possibilities for how you can use it in a project.
For example, one of the patterns in Month 2 is this swag.
First I stitched it rather elegantly with cream rayon thread on blue dupion silk...
...with the words 'live', 'laugh', 'love' inside the bunting.
The second version was stitched far more simply on a small floral print with navy cotton thread....
...and instead of words I added a house, rosedaisy, and bird - plus extra hanging hearts at each end of the swag.
The third version is probably going to be my favourite!
I've coloured the design with my Prismacolor pencils and heat set the pencil using a warm dry iron...
Now I've begun to backstitch the outlines of the design...
I'm seriously in love with this block!
(If you have never coloured a block before stitching it you might like to see the tutorial I shared HERE - it's so easy and pretty!)
Which of the three versions is your favourite? What do you like most about it?
Another design in Month 2 that I've stitched two different ways is this pretty heart. One has applique and is very romantic in the colours and fabric used...
...and the other is stitched on an old linen napkin in richer colours and with a sweet sentiment in place of applique.
So again, may I ask which of these two versions you prefer, and why?
I genuinely love to hear your thoughts.
Another design which will be included in the Month 2 Stitchery Club design set is this pretty little Love Bouquet...
...a sweet romantic moment.
Once I finish the coloured version of the Swag I have one more stitchery to complete and then I can write the six patterns with their three variations!
You still have time to subscribe before I email the full set of six designs (which includes altered versions for two of the designs) to my Club subscribers on November 17th.
All the information is HERE on the Stitchery Club page.
If you go back and look at the dark blue on cotton print version of the Swag stitchery you'll notice a pretty navy and pink fabric above it.
The other week I received some lovely gifts from Jo, who is a regular reader of this blog, and that fabric was a piece she'd inherited and decided to send to me. I think it's perfect with that swag, don't you?
Inside her gifts I also found this gorgeous handkerchief. It belonged to her Aunt Jean who passed away 40 years ago, so I do not know how old it is...
Look at the hand work in this - exquisite...
Thank you, Jo! I shall hold it dear. x
Some of you are keen to have me share a tutorial for the fabric window I showed in yesterday's blog post, so as soon as I have all the Stitchery Club designs completed I'll do it.
You'll be surprised how easy it is!
Enjoy your day,