Saturday, February 22, 2014


Hi Kim and my faithful friends who visit.  I am feeling much better with my arm and can now stitch and sew without pain.  I have no real reason not to have posted except I really had not much to show until the last couple of weeks.

I made the following in Karen Ruane's SS3 and today signed up for SS4.  I am addicted to Karen and her beautiful sewing ledger keeping.

I made the above 2 pieces of lace fabric from pieces of lace that I handstitched to dupioni silk.  I intended to do FME on both and then hand embellish.  The bottom one is the the one I did FME on first and I was not too happy at the way the strip responded.  It gathered it too much in the middle and then on the ends I could not follow because of the limitations of the hoop. 

 This is the first piece before any hand embellishment on it.

 I just did hand embellishment on it with french knots following one of the lace patterns, then bullion loops and web stitches on one of the rows.  No FME (free machine embroidery for those who do not know).

 This is the second piece before I did any work on it.

This is after the FME and you can see where it gathered in the middle.  I did the usual hand embroidery
on it as above and then I added 3 silk hexagons and I ruched a piece of lace at the top left and anchored it with French knots.

It has been fun getting back into this.



Debra Spincic said...

Happy to hear your arm is doing better.

karen said...

these are beautiful Freda, the cloth especially is really appealing. I think you have done well considering your arm. The stitching enhances, it lives here perfectly....

Anonymous said...

Hi Freda! So glad that your arm is doing better. The lace pieces are lovely!


Gerry Krueger said...

I missed your posts and glad you are stitching again. I just love this lace fabric.. Lots of possibilities to think about...I keep thinking of things to do with vintage linens and this would be a good pairing.... Take care... It's snowing hard again today and looks so clean and beautiful.. Hugs Gerry Krueger.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Very glad to see you're back stitching again - we've missed your posts! These pieces look great, btw.

Maggi said...

So glad to hear that your arm is feeling better. It must be good to be able to get back to this beautiful work.

Gina E. said...

Well, your injuries haven't exactly slowed you down! You still do a lot more stitching - and COMPLEX stitching than I'll ever do! Lovely work, Freda.

suziqu's thread works said...

Freda these pieces of embroidered lace by you are just gorgeous!