Saturday, January 15, 2011

Embroidery Preparation

Birdie Stitches tracing
I managed to get my 1st block for the Birdie Stitches Block of the Month pieced and traced while my husband was out of town. I have a nice little sewing room but set I up the sewing machine in my bedroom in front of the tv for a few days. It was nice to have a bit of noise in the background as I was sewing late at night.

Nice light box, don't you think!

I only remembered to put the stabilizer on the back of the block after I pieced the top and bottom squares. (Distracted by the tv, perhaps?) But I got it on there. I waited a couple of days after I traced the pattern to start my embroidery and my disappearing ink had already started to fade so I had to retrace. I had to laugh. I guess I need to move a little faster! 
Birdie Stitches prep
I started on the snowman with 6 strands and had a very tough time pulling thread through the stabilizer and fabric. So with a sore finger, I headed off to Stitch On to ask for some advice. I got a little rubber circle that I can grab the needle with and help pull it. It reminds me of those rubber jar openers you might have hiding in your kitchen and it cost about $2. I'm going to pull out the little bit of pink I started last night, switch to 4 threads and see if that helps. So far I'm enjoying it and working on getting my stitches a bit more consistent.

It dawned on me last night as I was stitching that this isn't my first embroidery. I worked on a piece while I was visiting family in Tennessee a couple of years ago and haven't finished it up. I need to pull that out and do something with it. Maybe a pillow. I'll keep you posted.

Have you discovered any forgotten UFO's recently?


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Anonymous said...

Your block looks great and that is a great light box indeed! ;-) Can't wait to see it stitched, have fun!
PS (need to finish mine)

Melissa said...

Just traced outline again for the THIRD time! Hopefully I can finish it up tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone's block.

Foxgrl said...

Is that for me too? I love it!

LindaB said...

Hi...the Birdie block is very cute...what type of disappearing pen did you use? is it a Pilot brand?..LindaB


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