A few weeks ago the second block of Simply Blessed arrived in the post from Australia (I'd ordered this online from Under The Mulberry Tree after seeing this version made with Tilda fabrics and I simply couldn't resist it!) and I quickly set to work with the hand embroidery. This BOM includes all the Tilda fabrics needed to make each block, and includes the pre-printed linen, and the variegated Cosmo thread too. This embroidery thread (from the Cosmo seasons range) is absolutely beautiful to stitch with...
...I traced the outline of the template onto fusible appliqué paper, cut out the middle and fused the paper on to the back of the stitchery that I'd already completed a few days ago. Using a pair of "Perfect" scissors, (these are fantastic scissors, by Karen Kay Buckley) I then cut approx 1/4"inch away from the paper. Carefully clipping the curves, taking care not to clip into the paper, I then used a fabric glue stick to draw a line of glue around the outline and carefully folded the edges of the fabric over the edge of the paper. I've used a wooden skewer for this so I don't get glue on my fingers. I've used a neutral coloured YLI silk thread for the appliqué to secure the first layer into place...
...once all the layers of applique were completed, I added the borders that were cut from fabric that I received with Block 1 a few weeks ago, and added the corner stones.I used a Mettler fine embroidery thread for piecing the borders and corner stones...
...this is beginning to look really pretty. My youngest daughter has taken a fancy to this, as it really is "her colours" so maybe this one will end up in her bedroom when it's completed!
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