Saturday, July 27, 2013

Adventures in Embroidery

The past six weeks has seen me stitching in very different ways than usual. I am taking a class that is not a class with Karen Ruane on Contemporary Embroidery. This is one of a series of classes in embellishing fabrics for me. Most recently I created my first fabric book to contain samples of earlier stitching. Some years ago I completed a series of samples of all the ways I could think of using the Fly Stitch and wanted to contain them in a book.

If you have the time, please let me know what you think.
The opening page. A scattering of fly stitches looking like a feather stitch on top of pink Angelina.

There is drawn work on the left sample. It has layers of fly stitches with a variety of different thread weights. The page on the right has fly stitches inside fly stitches to create a more solid surface.
More layers of fly stitches on the left with some purple gilding underneath. A scattering of fly stitches on the right. Pages are bound with bias hand dyed ribbon.

Left page has layers of fly stitches over fabric appliques. The page on the right has fly stitches and more drawn threads.
The outside of the book with hand embroidery, beads and a jeweled closer.
Details of the cover showing running stitches, fly stitches and beads.

I have a couple more small collections of embroidery samples. I am pulling fabrics for them as well.

Do you like fabric books? This was my first and I had a lot to learn - and still do.



  1. Nancy I sound like I'm gushing but I love every single sample. The hand dyed fabric adds a lovely backdrop and I love, love the texture the embroidery brings in. The second photo down, left hand page is my fav-just buckets of texture and color.

  2. Jenny, thank you for the most kind comments. I also am falling more deeply in love with the texture that embroidery can add. My quilts feature small touches of embroidery, but right now the hand stitching is very satisfying. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. The embroidery is beautiful and the book you created is lovely.