Everyone needs it at various times in life.
I have personally had a few hopes dashed of late and it would be easy to wallow in self pity about them, but yesterday I decided to not let "self " get in the way of renewing fresh hope in my heart again.
So I sketched up this simple design, stitched it, added a fabric applique border and popped it inside a lovely vintage wooden hoop I found at a garage sale ages ago!
HOPE may be just a word to some, but it's a dose of encouragement to me.
I 'hope' it is for you too. xx
One of the new patterns for my Stitchery Club this month is also displayed inside a hoop and features an applique border as well, so in response to a member's request that I show how to add the fabric border I'll take you through each step with the Hope design because you could use this for any stitchery you want to hoop as long as the hoop is at least an inch or two larger than the diameter of the design.
First of all draw a circle around the design if it doesn't already have one, and then trace that circle onto the smooth side of a piece of fusible web.
(I use Vliesofix)
Fuse the rough side (the side opposite to your traced circle) of the fusible web onto the wrong side of whatever fabric you've chosen for the applique border. Do this with a warm dry iron.
Carefully cut away the circle.
Trace the stitchery design onto a piece of plain cotton fabric. For this project I used some scrap flour sack but you could use homespun, calico, linen...whatever you have on hand.
Peel away the fusible web.
Position the fabric over the traced design and fuse in position with a warm dry iron.
Optional: You may decide to skip the next step but this is what I always do before I begin to embroider.
Fuse a fabric stabiliser behind the prepared design.
This blog post will show what I use if stabilisers are new to you.
Choose embroidery threads which blend with the colours in your border fabric.
In the pattern I have included a list of the threads used for my version of "Hope".
Blanket stitch applique around the edge of the fabric circle with a single strand of thread.
Now switch to two strands of the same thread and chain stitch as close as you can to the edge of the fabric.
Stitch the design by following the steps given in my free pattern.
Using the inside of the hoop your completed design will be displayed in, trace the circle onto a piece of medium weight fusible Pellon.
Cut the circle from the Pellon.
Turn your completed stitchery to the wrong side and centre the hoop over it. Trace a line around the inside edge of the hoop using a pencil - this will not show through.
Place the Pellon circle inside the traced circle at the back of your stitchery.
Fuse the Pellon to the back of your stitchery by placing a piece of cotton fabric over the Pellon and gentle pressing with a dry iron set to cotton.
You need the cotton fabric between the Pellon and the iron or you will have a nasty melted mess as Pellon is synthetic.
Turn the stitchery over and press from the front as well.
Place the design inside the hoop, keeping the Pellon circle centred at the back.
After you have screwed the hoop to a firm fit, trim the excess fabric away from the edge.
Turn the hoop over to the back and use a glue gun to run a line of hot glue between the edge of the trimmed fabric and the hoop.
Add a ribbon through the screw on top and hang!
This is the hooped project my Stitchery Club members will be making. As you can see the applique border is rippled instead of a straight edge circle.
When you applique an uneven border around a stitchery you need to trace the reverse of the shape and then carefully place the fabric over the prepared stitchery background using your pattern sheet to get all those edges in correct position.
Hot glue is wonderful for securing those raw fabric edges to the back of the hoop...
There's only a couple of days left before membership for this month's Stitchery Club issue closes so if you're interested in receiving five new patterns every month just head over HERE.
Blossom, Ross and the girls moved into their new home (rental) last Friday and slowly they are unpacking and setting up house. It's a big change from the very tiny cottage they have welcomed both babies into over the past two years but I can assure you Cully May is over the moon to have space where she can run and jump and play and sing...without waking baby Rafaella.
Our story continues, though we feel closer to that first home purchase than ever before.
We have a short list and shall see where that leads in the next week or two.
All prayers appreciated.
Bless you heaps this week!