By Dawn, Feb 6 2016 11:01PM
Hand sewing is perhaps the type of sewing I like most, whether it’s paper piecing, quilting, hemming and, yes I don't even mind darning socks too! It really helps me relax and put my thoughts in order. I guess you could really say it’s a kind of mindfulness therapy of sorts.
It can be done practically anywhere, and is perfect for spending long winter evenings cuddled up to some sewing, which is how this mini-project begun in early January - simply a small piece of linen, needle, thread and hoop - and often a cat too!
Pip loves nothing more than to cuddle up on a comfy lap, so hand-sewing is perfect, it doesn't disturb her routine. Having spent 15 months in a rescue centre, before being spotted on a rehoming website, if there were any saying meant for Pip, perhaps it’s this one....
Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home
Pip's a really good supervisor, and spends her days, busily checking the beds have been made properly; the clean laundry, still warm from the dryer is pressed; and if I leave my sewing lying around, she's exceptionally good at un-picking too :)
The first step for our little handsewn project is to print out the quote and trace onto linen - dowload quote here.
I traced the quote onto the linen using a water erasable pen, able to see the quote through the linen simply by laying it on top of the quote. Alternatively tape the quote to a window in good daylight, tape linen on top, and it's a lot easier to see quote through the linen - you have your very own improvised lightbox!
I chose not to use embroidery floss for the lettering, prefering instead to use plain simple dark grey Gutermann sew all thread. I doubled the thread and used a backstitch to sew the lettering.
Once your lettering is sewn, dampen the linen, to remove the water erasable pen. As some pen marks won't erase once they've been pressed. Only once the marks have been removed press.
To complete the project a rough circle and some leaves is traced onto bondaweb - (the little leaves are really meant to be pussy willow - oops!)
Once the bondaweb is fused to the wrong side of fabric, the hoop and leaves, are cut out and positioned onto linen. Pressed, so each piece fuses to the linen.
If you'd like the template for the hoop and pussy willow, email me and I'll forward it on.
In choosing materials for the pussy willow and hoop I went for those which had a subtle texture to them similar to a willow hoop, or pussy willow.
Lotta Jansdotter's "Mormor" reminded me of the almost luminescent colour of fully opened buds, and Basic Grey "Fresh Cut" the grey unopened buds. For the hoop, Janet Clare's A Field Guide no.1366-15 provided a subtle texture, for the woody hoop. It's a really lovely versatile print, which would be equally perfect for the little wren I have in mind for a future block :)
Once the pieces have been fused in place either hand or machine sew around hoop and leaves.
It was one of those projects you could easily pick up and do for a few minutes, here and there and by the end of January, it was complete. I'm still deciding whether to make into a pillow, or use it in the larger nature themed quilt I've been planning for a while, which includes the little wren mentioned earlier - but that's for another time :)
Till next time, stay snug and happy sewing x X