I bought this kit "Circle Of Love" (designed by Rosalie Quinlan) a few weeks ago from the Festival Of Quilts in Birmingham, from the Cross Patch stall. The kit included pink pre-printed handkerchief linen, 2 skeins of Cosmo thread for the embroidery, dresden templates and all the fabrics too. I added some soft light-weight fusible interfacing to the back of the stitchery design before I made a start with the embroidery...
...the dresden templates were traced onto a sheet of applique paper (this is semi water soluble, single sided fusible and semi transparent so ideal for this project) and fused onto the wrong side of the fabric - 4 dresdens were needed from each fabric. I then cut these out adding a quarter inch all the way round. A small strip of glue is drawn all around the sides, slightly overlapping the applique paper, and the fabric edge is then folded over and finger-pressed into place. My favourite glue for this method is a "Sewline" glue pen...
... once the small dresdens had been hand stitched together to form a ring, I glued the ring onto the linen background with Roxanne's basting glue, and hand stitched the ring into place with a neutral coloured silk thread. Finally there was some more stitchery added around the dresden ring...
...once all the stitchery had been completed, this is the finished project. I really enjoyed stitching this, and rather than making it into a wall hanging (the original pattern uses a wooden embroidery hoop as a frame) I think I'll use this as the centre panel for a cushion. Hopefully I'll find the perfect fabric for this idea next weekend when I'm off to the Knitting and Stitching Show in London.
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