Embroiderers Guild · Sewing · Stitching

Secret Stitching

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been doing some stitching which I couldn’t share with you as it was my daughter’s birthday card.

Way back at the end of February I started experimenting with stitching on paper – in particular a tree and leaves, based on the picture above.  This was in preparation for the card.

My daughter loves reading so I wanted to incorporate that in her card.  Her favourite book is Heidi so I used a page from this book.  I drew the tree on the page and then coloured it in with watercolour pencils.  To darken the colour I went over the top with a wet paintbrush.  Then I freehand machine stitched around the tree.

The leaves were cut from her old toddler clothes and freehand machine stitched in place.

Her birthday cake followed the same theme and I bought some tiny handmade paper flowers from WearedCrafts as the decoration. The flowers were made from the Heidi book again and they looked brilliant on the top of the cake.  We are planning to make a picture in a frame with the flowers so my daughter can display them in her bedroom.

The weather was gorgeous over the bank holiday and I spent a lot of time in the garden hand stitching a postcard for the Young Embroiderers contribution to the Embroiderers Guild exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1.  I have really enjoyed the hand stitching I’ve done lately and plan to keep this going as well as machine stitching.


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