So here we are! 2019 and we are still stitchin'! This year we are continuing our four season depiction of the historic Hudson House at Hallockville Museum Farm. We seem to be averaging one season a year! But there's so much embellishment you can do! Pick your favorite season, do all seasons on one background, the skies the limit!
This project can be done in cotton, by hand or machine, or in wool. The name of the game is embellishment - by season.
The download file for the pattern is posted on the News and Notes page!
The Embellishment Process:
The fun of this project is to embellish it. There are many types of embroidery thread out there, as well as beads, brass findings, lace, you name it. For the Spring project here many of the buds on the trees (hundreds) are french knots or single daisy chain stitches. The tulips are a straight stitch for the stems and leaves and a single daisy chain stitch. The daffodils are five small straight stitches in a circle with a french knot in the center.
We are now brainstorming Summer. How to make a tree look like a tree without doing one thousand green chain stitches. Maybe eyelash yarn or other decorative threads couched down for the top of the trees, or green buttons of all sizes layered. Hydrangeas, wysteria on the arbor, rose bushes in front of the white fencing, clouds in a blue sky...
I planned to use silk ribbon for the Spring bulbs but the scale was too big so I had to use a number 5 or 8 pearl cotton thread. You CAN make the house larger, up to 11 X 17 if you can get to a copier to enlarge it. I'm thinking for Fall I will go larger to see how it looks, or maybe redo Spring!
And just to make things even more interesting I prepared a night background (below). This will be a big challenge figuring out how to depict bushes and trees in the darkness and still make them visible (without going full Halloween).
I'm finding fusing down the wool helps me prep things ahead, especially those tiny 3/4" X 1-1/2" windows! PS: I used 1/8 white satin ribbon from a spool for the window and door frames to match the colonial style frames on the house.
Our pattern posted on the notes page was made to fit on 8-1/2 X 11 paper so you could print it out at home if you did not get to one of our Quilt and Stitch Get Togethers to pick one up. But... feel free to enlarge it if you wish!
AND PLEASE DO SHARE! PICTURES SOON!
The Design Process:
Any time I start a project I dig through piles of possible fabrics, threads and trims. I lay them out, deciding on back grounds, textures and colors. I even audition them, This time (during the blizzard) I auditioned four seasons of colors as I made choices. I also had to decide if I wanted to depict grass and sky or just one overall background. Muslin, homespun, wool...
The Pattern Process:
I usually start with a photo or graphic, then trace the elements I wish to use. The final pattern is often very different, but to help with proportion and placement I trace what I need to start with using a light box and pencil and a ruler. Later I refine the diagram with a black marker.
The Preparation Process:
For wool applique I trace the large elements onto freezer paper, then iron it on the top of my wool choices. You can decide if you wish to stabilize your background fabrics or fuse your wool pieces based on your preference and experience.
I use a box to store all the fun things I wish to add to my embroidery project. Special variegated threads, buttons, ribbons, glue, pins, anything I might need or want. Then get sewing! Because you're fallin behind!!!!!! On to Spring!