This really is such a pretty project to stitch, and last weekend my fingers were itching to get stitching block 2. There are lots of small stitchery pieces in this block, so I fused some weave line onto the back of a selection of fabrics that are suitable for stitchery, and then cut out the pieces that I needed. The leftovers will be used for future blocks. This is also easier than trying to fuse interfacing onto such small pieces (some are only 1.5" x 2.5"). I traced the stitchery designs with a pale brown coloured fine tipped Micron Pigma pen. You do need a steady hand as the ink is permanent. Once all the pieces of fabric had been cut out and all the stitchery designs traced, the block was stitched together. I machined around the outside edge using a 3mm length stitch about 1/8" from the raw edge, to stop the small blocks from coming undone. I used a slightly smaller than normal stitch when the block was pieced together, and used a neutral coloured Aurifil 50wt thread, a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle (they're super fine and very sharp) and a straight stitch needle plate to help with the precision piecing of such small pieces...
...once the block was pieced together, I made a start on the hand embroidery with the DMC embroidery threads. The pattern suggests using 3 strands of thread, but I found that a bit too bulky, so I've just used 2 strands, and it covers the traced lines perfectly. I always use a wooden embroidery hoop for my work, as it keeps the fabric nice and taut...
...and here's the finished block, finally completed.Once all the hand embroidery is finished, I press the block on the back, using a thick towel on top of the ironing board so the embroidery stitches don't get flattened. These fabrics really look very pretty together, and the hand embroidery has been very relaxing to do in the evenings after a busy day at work. I'm hoping to make a start on prepping the next block later today as I'm having a crafty/sewing day with a couple of friends. And yes, cake may be involved too!
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