Learning new skillz and sticking to my sewlution

Last week I took the little fella back home to meet his Norn Iron half of the family. It was fantastic having a multitude of willing arms to cuddle him and rock him to sleep, so I took full advantage of the spare time to practice embroidery. On a hoop! I must say I felt all Elizabeth Bennet stitching away.


I’ve been using Sublime Stitching as my go-to guide. It is brilliantly written – very simple and concise. I’d recommend it for anyone wanting to try their hand at embroidery. It also comes choc full of wonderful transfers, just waiting to be ironed onto your chosen fabric.


Although the book offers a multitude of stitches to choose from – two will pretty much accomplish anything you want to try your hand at – the chain stitch and the satin stitch. You can see the chain stitches outlining the pear above, whilst the satin stitches fill in the stem and the leaf. I love the raised effect – it adds a whole new dimension to your make.

I was just practicing so I stitched onto calico (a chopped up Colette Violet muslin in fact – check me out with the recycling) but I’ll be transferring my final chosen designs onto a lovely white cotton and then working them into a log cabin quilt for George. I was hoping to use the design on the front of Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal but I’m wondering now where my little embroidered pictures might actually live on this lovely design without detracting from it. I’ll have a think about it.

Embroidery is a great craft to try if you’ve got a few minutes spare and it’s extremely cheap to get started. Hoops cost from as little as a couple of quid and embroidery flosses aren’t much more. Then as long as you have a needle you can get going. I used a size 20 tapestry needle and a 7″ hoop.

I am determined to keep up my end of the bargain with Karen’s Sewlutions Jar. This was my original Sewlution:

“Mine is to make a beautiful log cabin baby quilt with some embroidery technique worked in. Something really special for baby George’s first bed. And it will force me to start learning embroidery which I’ve wanted to do for ages but haven’t got round to.”

But at this rate it may be New Year’s Eve before it’s complete! How are you getting on with your Sewlutions?


Oh and here’s a little pic of himself, just so you can see what a little pudding he’s become! I’ve been feeding him myself and I’m just delighted to watch him grow… and grow… and grow!


20 thoughts on “Learning new skillz and sticking to my sewlution

  1. Aaaw Joanne, he really is a beautiful little pudding! Funnily enough, when I was born I went by the name ‘pudding’ for a few days before they decided what to name me! Hehe! Anyway, George is adorable, as is your embroidery and your choice of quilt design!

    • Thanks Marie! Awh love the fact you had that nickname too – it’s just adorable isn’t it? All babies are little puddings because all you want to do is eat them

  2. Aw a baby quilt for little George will be adorable, and so special. I sincerely hope George’s legs look like croissants Joanne, as all babies legs should! x

  3. I’ve been longing to try out embroidery for ages as well. Thanks for the book recommendation I’ll keep it in mind if I ever get around to learning. Those transfers are too cute!

  4. Joanne, your little ‘pudding’ looks as scrumptious as apple pie….and your gift for him is so special.
    I’d like to congratulate you on winning the **Super Sweet Blogging Award**
    To receive this award, simply copy and paste my post (under Super Sweet Blogging Award entry) at http://www.thepolkadotroom.wordpress.com/ follow the rules, and spread some sweetness of your own! Thanks for being so fabulous!! Kate x

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