Thursday, July 16, 2009

Loving Hands work in progress...

I took Amilia's Loving Hands piece and photocopied it to transfer onto some yellow linen (left over from my porch swing project). In keeping with this week's Change The World Wednesday challenge and my Hoarders Unite July Challenge, none of the tools or materials were purchased new for this project. They are from my hoard (supplies stash).I do not have any transfer paper or other nifty transfer device, so I decided to use the ol' stipple method. I pinned the sheet to my linen cloth, then pierced holes in her design. I then used an orange permanent marker (because I am/was planning to use orange thread for the embroidery) to make a mark in each of the holes.VoilĂ ! Now I have the design on my fabric. I'm sure I could have used fabric marker or other quilting marking pencil, but Sharpie is my friend, so I accepted its help.Next, I placed my embroidery hoop and began threading.I have chosen to use a mix of orange and sage, and it is yet to be determined how this will turn out on Amilia's small hand. The dots are somewhat visible under the sage thread, even though I am using 3 strands of floss, but my vision is to give it a twisted cord effect with orange on top. I am using an outline (stem) stitch in sage, then I am planning to whip it (whipstitch over outline stitch) in orange. If you want to see a how-to, I found an explanation at

Are you in suspense yet?
Stay tuned for the Final Product...



Deb G said...

This is a lot of fun!

Terri Tiffany said...

I used to do stuff like this before I started writing. Loved it:)
You said you wanted to write cards--why don't you go on a site, get the guidelines and give it a try? I bet you would be good--they pay well too!
Blue Mountain is who contacted me and they will send you the information you need:)

The Redhead Riter said...

That's nice!

Stopping by to share the blog ♥ !

Have a great Saturday!