Friday, 11 March 2016

Hand Sewing

I decided to try to do a little hand sewing in the evenings when I'm watching tv. I'm really enjoying it - much more than I thought I would.

This fellow is on a 12x12 square - he'll be cut down eventually. The grey line around him is basting to hold two layers of fabric together. The top layer is kona white, and the back a muslin. It gives the fabric a lot more body and you can't see anything through from the back.

I've had this pattern for ages - it's called Winter Wonderland. I'm going to embroider all the snowmen then piece them into a quilt. I don't like the layout on the pattern, so I'm not sure how I will put it together yet, and I'm sure I'll think of something.

The embroidery floss is DMC colour 321 - I like the red (which isn't photographing well) and the stitches are a simple back stitch with some french knots. The pattern called for lazy daisy for the snowman eyes, but I made french knots instead. I pre-wash everything, including this floss. And I'm glad I did because it ran a little when pre-soaking. I treated it with a chemical dye retainer so that it wouldn't bleed all over my quilt once finished.


  1. Hi Anita... I've been watching your progress with all your projects.. very glad to see you have been sewing and of course, they're all fantastic ... hope to see you again at Monday Mania...

  2. What product did you use to soak the thread? These snowmen are so cute. You sure have a thing for snowmen! And this hand embroidery project shows yet another talent you have! You're amazing!

  3. I love this embroidery! I have never thought to prewash the floss... hope I don't have an incident!