Friday, October 31, 2014

Embroidery Sew Along - Part ???

http://sunshinequilting.blogspot.com/2014/10/sal-patchwork-loves-embroidery-5-last.html

For the past 2 months I've been following along with other bloggers stitching and sewing from the book - Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan. Martina at Sunshine Quilting hosted this sew-along and it was lots of fun. Not only are the patterns and ideas in this book beautiful and easy to follow along with (really, the instructions are really well thought out), the group of ladies in this sew-along were very inspirational with their talent and super encouraging as well. Thank you, Martina, so much for putting this together for us!!!

With that said, umm, I just couldn't keep up!! I did the stitching pretty well, but the sewing tripped me up every time. I guess it could have something to do with my LOVE of hand stitching and my not-quite hate of sewing:) I'm getting better at it and these projects really did help me learn some new sewing skills:)

So this is what I FINALLY got done....


Secrets and Dreams journal cover


I got a *bit* better at sewing on the binding on this one, but I still have wonky ends. The last end I sewed in was the best, so it looks like I still need to practice this part:)

The other problem I was having was drawing the wavy lines that was quilted on the front of this. I just couldn't get nice, even waves. So I went to the quilting store, to Hobby Lobby and to Walmart looking for a stencil to use, but I couldn't find one. I did find some blank stencil sheets though, and after printing some wavy line templates from the internet, I made my own:)


Here are the three projects that I completed...


And here is the stitching for the next project I want to do...


This sew-along is done, but Martina is planning on doing another sew-along including any pattern by Gail Pan in 2015, and I think I will join along with that as well. I have a couple more patterns in this book that I want still make:) Until then, I plan to keep going with the one above at a much slower pace. The stitching above is a panel for a bag and I'm hoping to have it done mid Nov. I'm planning on using the bag (that will have no zippers, buttons or Velcro) as my knitting bag. I'm super excited about getting it done:)

5 comments:

Judy said...

Your stichery is awesome, I have quite some books about stitchery at home, but somehow time for sitting and stitching is always missing....
I will now follow your steps and enjoy your creativity!
Greetings from Switzerland
Judy

Christine Barnsley said...

Hi Shannon! Your projects look fabulous to me! Love the folder you have just completed and the embroidery for the next project is fantastic!! I really enjoyed this SAL and it was great getting to know you!! :) xx Have a good weekend! :) x

cucki said...

Wow so beautiful x

Kate said...

Your projects are beautiful and I especially like your journal!! ^^

Rita said...

I love all of these!