The past week turned into an unplanned blogging break. One of the sewing projects I was working on took longer than I had estimated and for the other, well… what was supposed to be a quick, fun project of sewing a new nightgown turned into correcting mistakes in the purchased pattern that I didn’t even notice until after I’d already cut the fabric out (more on that in a future post.)
I was so involved with those projects that it wasn’t until later on Friday that I realized that I hadn’t posted since Monday and then I decided to take the weekend off as well.
But I’m back today with another adorable vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern from the series of dancing veggies that I’ve been posting for the past few weeks. Last Monday, I promised you the lead singer for the band and here he is singing his heart out.
I learned a new stitch in the process of embroidering this guy. I went in search of a stitch that would look like the “eyes” you find on a real potato and found video instructions for the raised cup stitch.
Because the dimples/eyes are quite small with the biggest one above being about 3/16″ and the smaller ones only 1/8″, completing only the first two rounds of the stitch were enough to give me the effect that I wanted. It’s actually quite a fun stitch to watch come together and I’ll likely be looking for ways to use it in future projects.
This vintage pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.
Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #19
For those who may be visiting for the first time… every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the items that are linked up each week.
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1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.
These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.
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ReneeAugust 22, 2015 11:56 am
Unfortunately, I missed sharing this week. The stitching was done, but I had no time to blog. There so many gorgeous projects this week! I love your potato singer. The raised cup did make perfect eyes!
Celtic Thistle StitchesAugust 18, 2015 12:06 pm
Haven’t come across that stitch before either Sue, will have to remember it though as it looks very useful 🙂
CathieJAugust 17, 2015 6:24 pm
I love the potato singer. It is always fun to learn and perfect a new stitch.
SusanAugust 17, 2015 3:41 pm
How cute he is! That’s a perfect stitch for the eyes. I learned that in TAST, and promptly forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. I’m glad you took some days to do something you wanted, even if it involved correcting a professional pattern’s mistakes, also.
Vickie-HorseMark CardsAugust 17, 2015 12:34 pm
I love this little tuneful potatoe guy! Reminds me of the dishtowels my mom had when I was growing up. The eyes look like a french knot stitch, until you mentioned your new stitch. Thanks for sharing this! Enjoy your day!
MaryAugust 17, 2015 9:43 am
Aww….the singing potato is so cute! You did a great job with that new stitch.
Isn’t it frustrating to sew an item and find out the pattern had errors in it??? Grrr.
Christine B.August 17, 2015 8:37 am
Hello Sue! I had a very busy week last week too, so didn’t get much sewing or blogging done either! I hope you managed to get all your problems sorted out and that this week is a more creative one for you! Love your little potato guy… really cute! Christine x
FlashinscissorsAugust 17, 2015 7:30 am
I love your singing potato – I have to think of a project to use this on! The raised cup stitch is new to me! I shall go and investigate the link and hope to try the stitch out on a project soon!
I hope you sort your nightgown satisfactorily, disappointing for you that there was a problem, I look forward to seeing the finished item.
Have a great week.
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