Now that I've done a couple of embroidery projects (you can find them here), I figure I really should come to terms with some of the more basic stitches that I probably should have learnt first, but in my impatience skipped right over. As Easter is fast approaching I thought a quick and easy cosy with basic stitches for decoration would be perfect practice.
Craft Store Felt
Ribbon or Trim
Sewing Machine (optional)
As my freehand drawing skills are not what I'd like them to be and to get an idea of size, I searched google images for an egg cosy template and found this gorgeous frog, and just used the body section for my outline. Although I have to say, if my boys were younger those frog cosies would have been very popular indeed! I traced two outlines, one for the back and the other for the front and got sewing.
Ermine Filling Stitch
Blanket Stitch (Two Rows)
Detached Chain - Flowers
Running Stitch - Whipped or laced
If you're looking for stitch guides, I've found that Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials are wonderful.
I did both the front and back of the cosy, so that others sitting at the table aren't looking at a blank cosy from their position.
To finish I cut a small piece of trim and positioned it at the top of the cosy and then sewed the hem using my machine, but to be honest this could easily have been done by hand.
Mmmmmmm boiled egg and soldiers!
I think I might try a "proper" sampler for my next project. If I'm quiet for a while it's probably because I'm knee deep in sampler designs and can't decide which one to do.
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