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3 More Embroidery Finishes

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve managed to finish three more of the embroideries that I prepared before we left Florida.

The “Home is Where I Want to Bee” pattern was part of an Aunt Martha’s transfer set I bought a few years ago from Hancock Fabrics when we were living in Rome, GA.   This is the first time I’ve actually used an iron on transfer and I have to admit that while I was embroidering it, I was a little concerned that the transfer lines would not wash out as they were really visible behind the lighter floss colours.

I did have to allow the piece to soak in mild soapy water for quite a while before they came out.   And I also ended up having to change the water and add a Colour Catcher to the new water because the golden yellow floss I used for the hives bled and the piece turned yellow.  Thankfully, the addition of the Colour Catchers pulled the yellow dye out of  the fabric and after rinsing in cold water, the fabric was white again.  Next trip to the US, I’ll be stocking up on more Colour Catchers.

Home is Where I Want to Bee embroidery

I haven’t decided what this will be turned into but I think it turned out super cute.

Then next is this Christmas Redwork embroidery.

Christmas Pudding embroidery

Here’s a close-up of the stitching:

Close up of Christmas Pudding embroidery

This was available as a free pattern from Joy Patch a few years back.  She still has the ones for the 24th and 26th for free download but this one for the 25th doesn’t seem to be available any longer.

The pattern came with instructions for turning it into a table mat and I’m hoping to get the other two embroidered to make a set as a Christmas gift.  But I’ll have to see if I can find some more of that variegated red floss as I’m almost out.

And thirdly, the embroidery part for this Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet from Cinderberry Stitches is finished too.

Ladybug Needlebook Embroidery

By the time, I’d finished stitching the Plum Pudding with Mouse above, I’d had enough redwork for a bit, so instead of using red as she did in hers, I chose to use green for the leaves hoping that it would look like you were looking through leaves into a tiny clearing with the bird, flowers and ladybug.

A close up of what will be the front of the needle wallet:

Front of the Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet with bluebird and ladybug

And this oh so cute ladybug will be cut out and appliqued onto the lining of the needle wallet:

Ladybug stitchery for the inside of the needle wallet

I think after finishing this, I may have overcome my dread of doing satin stitch.  It and the lazy daisy stitch have always been my least favourite of all the different embroidery stitches.   And while my satin stitching isn’t perfect by any means, I am getting better at it.

I’m half way through working on the last embroidery that I made ahead and I hope to have that finished to share with you sometime next week.


Wishing you all a heart-centered weekend with much Aloha.



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  • Karen
    May 27, 2013 3:35 am

    Your embroidery is lovely! I love the little bird in the garden needlecase cover. So charming and beautifully done!

  • Janine
    May 26, 2013 11:22 am

    Your embroidery projects are beautiful! I didn’t realise that transfers washed out. That’s always put me off using them 🙂

  • Bonnie
    May 26, 2013 11:38 am

    Just happened onto your blog via linky…I use the sticky fabri-solvy and I love it…as I live in North-Western Ontario the fabric shops are few and far between so I must obtain my fabri-solvy online in the US

  • Judy C in NC
    May 26, 2013 7:50 am

    Your embroideries are beautiful and look forward to seeing more. I have used Sticky Solvy and my only negative is that after you soak the design/stuff off with water, the embroidery thread/floss appears to be very loose. I tried stitching and pulling the thread/floss tighter and it worked a little better. It is a good product – no more tracing. Judy C

  • Nima
    May 26, 2013 7:25 am

    cute embroideries

  • wendy
    May 25, 2013 12:14 pm

    oh these are just lovely! The satin stitch looks perfect to me

  • Esther F.
    May 25, 2013 9:09 am

    Your work is lovely! Congratulations on all of yoyr finishes!!!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    May 25, 2013 3:30 am

    Love your redwork embroidery I must check out those other patterns.

  • Nancy Morneault
    May 24, 2013 11:24 pm

    You do beautiful stitching. You wouldn’t think yellow would run but you never know. Too bad you can’t pre wash

  • Kathie
    May 24, 2013 9:29 pm

    Very nice! Love your hand embroidery work…such patience! Color Catchers are one of the best inventions. I read somewhere that they can be used more than once if you hang them to dry in between uses. I tried it on some that were not totally saturated with “caught color” and it does work! How many uses depends, of course, on the depth of color already caught. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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