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Friday, May 6, 2011

I'll Have The Combo Please

I love wool applique.  And I love embroidery.  And when I can combine the two I'm as happy as my grandchildren are with a McDonald's combo meal!
I started this new project last week.  The pattern is called Summer At The Farm and is designed by Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings.  

The background is black wool and all the applique pieces are hand dyed wools from her shop.

I'm using Valdani threads for this because they work perfectly with the wool and their variegated colors seem to shine no matter which direction they go.

I use the blanket stitch on the applique pieces and the stem stitch on most of the embroidery.  The leaves on the trees are lazy daisy stitches.

The windows on the farm house aren't blanket stitched though because they are just too small.  The panes are made using a long stitch across them.  The chickens will have some legs and beaks added and one will get a red rooster comb.  I'll also add some flowers around the farm house and maybe a door knob done with a satin stitch.  There could be a little smoke embroidered coming out of the chimney...maybe.  This is only one side/end of the piece.  The other side/end will also have a barn and a house but there is a cow somewhere over there and more fence and more trees.  

Summer on the farm - what else do you think I need to add?  Because every combo needs a little dash of something!

22 comments:

Ann Flowers said...

Lovely the wool is gorgeous. Very cute pattern too. Only thing I could think of was water, farms and summer i seem to always think a creek or something to put your feet in:)


Your work is great!


Ann Flowers

Suze said...

Wow this is stunning.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just lovely. Oh, I agree with the water, too. A little creek with some small flowers and butterflies.

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, that is just great. Such detail. Got a tractor handy or maybe a draft horse?

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I think it is perfect the way it is! Simple yet it tells a story! Love it!

Madame Samm said...

ahhh I love the barn..now this is pretty neat...you need flowers...yep..lot's and lot's of flowers..xx

Terry said...

That's fabulous just as it is! It will be even better once all the flowers are added! :0)

Linda said...

This is beautiful! The flowers will really make it pop! I would be tempted to add a tiny red bird in the tree to balance the red, but it looks great without it too!

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Birds, butterflies and flowers... what more could a girl want in summertime?

Gmama Jane said...

I love your hand needle work!! You must have some chickens!! A pond a ducks would be lovely with a big sun in the sky!!!
Can't wait to hear about your trip
Blessings
Jane

paulette said...

It's perfect!! Just stunning!! LOVE this pattern!! This is one that I must add to my wishlist!!
Paulette

Carrie P. said...

Perfect Combo. Love it all.

nanny said...

So pretty....you are very talented!

Karen said...

A wonderful wool piece with the buildings, sheep, willow tree. All my kind of good stuff.

Purple Pam said...

Where are the cows and horses? I thought every farm had at least one cow and maybe a horse to pull the plow (do they do that any more?).

Colleen said...

This is so cute! I have the pattern and I wish I would have gotten the kit, but hopefully I can come up with all the colors from my stash. Thank you for reminding me I need to get at some of these!

rubyslipperz said...

I really admire your handworks...I'm not so good at hand embroidery or hand applique...yours on the other hand always look wonderful!

hugZ,
annie
rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

Jackie said...

Love your wool applique.....

Teresa said...

Nice wool project - I just love the farm theme and your work looks great. I checked out Sweet P's suggestion and wonder if you get paper particles in your machine. Looks like a fun way to practice though.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

I looooooooooove it!! Wool applique is so much fun!
xx, shell

Pat - Arkansas said...

Enchanting!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

I love your work!! I have the same kit from PG and have started cutting it out. Now I'll have to get going on it as I see your progress. Did you use fusible as recommended? Yep, I agree - a great combo!