Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Finished winter wreath


After many hours of stitching and imagining and re-tracing, I am done! This project was one of the most fun I've ever attempted - I think part of it was all the encouragement I received on Instagram that kept me plugging along week after week.


I finished the back as neatly as possible, but I purposely made the stitches a bit long and loose, in case the back ever needs to be removed for repair or to re-stretch the embroidery.

finished center

I won't lie, I struggled a bit with the tiny date - I re-stitched it countless times, but I like this simple, very small, un-fussy version. I used DMC gold thread, just one strand for the date.

more details

Overall, this is one of the projects I am most happy with - a real pleasure to stitch. I expanded my stitch library and used stitches in ways I hadn't before - it was well worth the extra challenge. I'll have a review as soon as possible up on Feeling Stitchy - which I'll link to from here, of course, if you'd like to see it! :)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Winter wreath - almost finished

Almost finished

I'm almost finished and I have to say I am really happy with this project. Up above, you see my progress with adding initials in the center.

Stitching berry stems with rayon floss

I stitched the berries using 1 strand of DMC rayon floss in a shiny copper color - 30434 - Sepia Brown.

Closeup on berry stems

The finished berries - I love the sheen.

finishing the back

Next, I finished up the back - I drew up the excess linen in the back using a loose running stitch. Then I cut a circle of interfacing and stitched some navy linen onto it...

My idea for the finished back

Here's what I hope the finished back will look like - nice and neat!

braiding gold floss

I braided some gold floss together to give the hoop something nice to hang from...

braided floss to hang the hoop with

Apologies for the last few photos, they were taken in the middle of some late-night crafting, and my cell camera is very odd in low light.

But there's my progress so far! I'll get some proper photos before I give the hoop away, and share those and a book review on Feeling Stitchy very soon!