Monday, October 13, 2014

Patchwork Loves Embroidery SAL - Secrets and Dreams Journal

Life has been very busy lately, so I am two weeks behind in completing this project from Gale Pan's Patchwork Loves Embroidery. I took some liberties with Gale's embroidery pattern, as I wanted the design to be less crowded. The beauty of Gale's book is the abundance of designs from which to choose!

With inspiration and encouragement from the other ladies of the SAL, I am becoming more confident with my hand stitching and felt this was my best project to date. I really enjoyed picking out fabrics and thread and even ordered new embroidery needles from Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage. My old needles were purchased from a hobby store, and they were catching and pulling the fabric. After reading a post by Pretty By Hand's Kristyn about her needle preferences, I ordered samples of different types of needles from Jeana's store and have had much smoother sewing!

Since I have deadlines approaching on other quilting projects, I was going to make this my last SAL project. However I still want to make the needle folder as well as pincushions, so I will make the time.

Be sure to visit Martina's blog for links to other SAL projects.


Friday, October 10, 2014

National Yarn Day

I thought it might be appropriate on this day to share my yarn stash.