Monday, October 8, 2007

It's not an illusion!

At last, I have begun!

You are not seeing things! Yes it is a hand embroidery project!

The pattern is called Autumn's Harvest Pumpkin by Crab-Apple Hill. I just love their designs.

It is fall and I since I do love pumpkins, what better hand embroidery pattern to begin! I will say I'm a tad rusty. The stitches are not looking as lovely as I would like them to be, but it's a start!

I will admit, I'm a tad lost with some of the terms. Hence why I started with the words and will work my way via the process of elimination.

For the pumpkin outline it calls for a fly stitch. I really have no clue what that is. I'm thinking that it's the stitch that extends from the pumpkin outline. I lent my hand embroidery book by Judith Baker Montano to my mother so I have no reference in which to look.

If you recall mom is supposed to be embroidering the panels on the French Cottage Garden Quilt for my daughter. Wendy has made the same quilt, hence where my inspiration came from, thank you again Wendy. As Kim would say, "there are hidden cost associated with blogging." So true!

All this to say that my mother has not started the panels yet, which were given to her the beginning of June. Hum..... I wonder where I get my procrastination from, but I digress! lol I should just get the book from her so that I can look up terms.

I'm off to attend to some much needed school work. I did take the week off from school, and a lovely break it was.

Back to reality! Have a great day everyone!

22 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

2 questions
how did you mark the fabric?
what kind of thread/floss are you using?

May Britt said...

If you look at this link you can find a huge lot of different stitches. http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html
You find fly stitch here :http://inaminuteago.com/stitchdict/stitch/fly.html

I also love patterns from crabapple hill. This pumpkin is beautiful. Have not seen it here in the shop. But I have a lot of other patters from them. That I haven't started yet....LOL Would love to do anything harvest/pumpkin/halloween now.

Libby said...

What a darling pattern . . . I love all things fall and that includes pumpkins *s*
I checked the internet and found a link to making the fly stitch at http://inaminuteago.com/stitchdict/stitch/fly.html
check it out and see if it helps.

jennifer said...

those stitches are so bad i can tell from here!!!
(i bet they are good enough for a magazine!!!)

{Quit school yet?}

Wendy said...

Yippee hurray....we have her hooked on embroidery...I hope...lol.

Great start, check out the stitches on the web they will help you along the way. When I started I had to refer back to the stitches every time I tried to do a stitch. You'll be fine.

Darlene said...

WooHoo you finally started an embroidery project. I'm so excited for you! Just relax and enjoy this beautiful project.

I'm especially glad to hear that you took a break from school. :-)

paula, the quilter said...

I just bought that pattern too. I have it drawn up and the two layers basted together and will start stitching on Saturday at my mini quilt group. I should have know that May Britt would direct you to Sharon B's site for the online stitch dictionary. It's a very good site.

CONNIE W said...

I don't have that pattern but I have a couple others from them and haven't done either one yet.

Jeanne said...

I stitched that one up a few years ago. I don't have it any more, but I'll have to see if I can dig up a pic of mine.
Happy stitching ~ Jeanne :)

Patti said...

Love that pattern - I ordered it and mine just arrived today!

Cindy said...

Love that little pumpkin. What are the measurements on that? Right now, I am taking a class with their Snowman sampler. It's going to take me forever to do it but it will be beautiful when its done.

Nan said...

Ooh, embroidery!! Good for you! I love that pattern, too! It's such fun, isn't it?

Dawn said...

I think it will look great! I love their stuff too, but just can't stay interested in doing it!

gwen said...

Thanks for the link to the crab apple hill designs. They are all great. I took up on stitching a short time ago too and I am loving it. I don´t know if I do it right either but then I don´t really care. If I like it, it is good. And I like yours very very much! Take care.
P.S.: I wish you the best at work.

Guðrún said...

I think your stitching is great, don´t worry. I took a look at the French Cottage Garden Quilt and it is beautiful. I am glad you took a break from school to rest.

Sweet P said...

Hooray! You're stitching, you're stitching! Welcome to the club. Great start on your project.

Sharon said...

Carole,
I've seen that pumpkin finished and it's beautiful. Can't wait to see your finished.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It's a beautiful pattern, you're doing it up proud!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It's a beautiful pattern, you're doing it up proud!

Yvonne said...

Good for you....I'm having fun with my stitcheries. I love your pattern.

Nicole and Phil said...

this looks like a fun thing to be doing....andyou could pack it in a small bag and take it with you if school is getting too intense (just sit in the back row) ;)

Doe said...

I love Crab-Apple Hill patterns and I also have the French Cottage Garden Quilt pattern. Didn't realize I have to do the embroidery myself. So I said "later"! lol!

Good luck with your lovely embroidery project.

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