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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stitch Me Up Blog Hop - My Turn!


Today's the day I get to show you the embroidery projects I made for this hop - since embroidery is one of my very favorite things to do I made three things but I'm going to show one or two extras.  Just one or two, promise.

I have to say first that I just fell in love with the Wee Tots that Madame Samm designed.  Oh my goodness aren't they sweet?  I stitched two of those.....one of them is now on a baby burp pad (wouldn't this be a great present with the sweet bunny?)  I used Finca thread and the stem stitch on the first three projects.

And the other is on a tea towel for my kitchen.....



And as much as I enjoyed making these two things I think I loved this more....


I first embroidered the cottage in brown and then fused snippets of green for leaves and pink for azalea petals.  Then I quilted over the snippets.  And finally made it into a pillow with green polka dot ribbon trim.  So spring like!
This picture was taken inside but eventually it will reside on this rustic church pew in my front courtyard...

Another embroidery project I've been working on and finished just this week....

I used Valdani threads for this one with wool applique using a blanket stitch.  The embroidery stitch on the words and letters is the back stitch.  The willow leaves are (I think) the daisy stitch.  I'm not sure how I want to finish this - I could frame it or make it into a pillow I guess.  Any suggestions?

And you can tell by the picture below that redwork embroidery takes a prominent place in my bedroom!  I use Finca thread for all of my redwork.

Here are a couple of closeups -

I have more redwork in this bedroom - several wallhangings - but I think it's time I close this post!

Many thanks to Madame Samm for this hop....clearly embroidery is one of my favorites...and to Jane for coordinating it for us.  Please be sure to visit the other hoppers today!

THURSDAY March 21st

Janice@ That Other Blog
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90 comments:

Judy B said...

Love your tiny tots, but your house is fantastic with the leaves and flowers in fabric! Thank you for sharing.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Marlene where to start, I too love the Wee Tots and I love what you did with them. The cottage, wow, I would never have thought to use the snippets of fabric. I love that idea. I also love redwork and yours is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your projects with us, truly amazing.

Carol said...

Your wee tots and cottage are just beautiful, as are all your Redwork pieces...love them! Thanks for hopping with us! :O)

Amy said...

I love your wee tots! They are just too cute! But I am backing my bags and moving into the house you stitched up. It is gorgeous!

Susannah said...

Just beautiful handwork by the one and only Marlene!! Each piece is so pretty and I know you had so much fun doing all this needlework. Good for you, girl! Very impressive!

Happy Spring!
Susannah

Lisa said...

They are all beautiful!

Patty C. said...

Darling tea towel ;)

Gwen said...

All of your projects are so lovely--I just love all the redwork you've done!

Theresa said...

Wonderful embroider on your projects, thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

Love your creative idea with the cottage. So lovely!

lefuntz said...

I love what you've done with the cottage! And the Wee Tots are just too cute!

Britt-Inger said...

I love, love your pillow with the cottage. You have made an outstanding project
Thanks for sharing your creativity

Aletta said...

Your cottage pillow is soooooo pretty! The tea towels and other pillows are pretty too, but I guess I'm in love with that cottage ;)

charlotte said...

So lovely. You are a very good stitcher.

AnitaS said...

I love the pillow with the cottage the most.

Sowing Stitches said...

Well Done! Your love of stitching shines, sparkles, dances and twirls across the fabrics! :)

Gill said...

What amazing stitching - I love them all!!
Thank you for sharing

Theresa said...

What a wonderful display of your beautiful stitching. I love what you did with the little cottage and your redwork is absolutely stunning.

Marla's Crafts said...

Beautiful. Love all the pillows. I think I am hooked. Can't wait to recieve the new book I ordered for some new patterns.

Cathy said...

Beautiful, beautiful work! I love redwork! Your pillows are just fantastic! Oh so nicely done.

ukcitycrafter said...

Love the house cushion, those pink flowers really make the design pop :)

Lesley said...

I love all your stitcheries! You're so very talented and your stitching is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Jeanie said...

Oooo....lovely projects! I like the dimension on the cottage pillow. Cute tots! Thanks for sharing today!

Frances said...

What a wonderful collection of stitching. Your love of the craft certainly shines through your work. The cottage pillow is so pretty.

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

Loved all of your work. You're a very talented stitcher!! What a great idea with the cottage it turned out great and those wee tots are as cute as can be!!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Beautiful collection of work. Lots of stitching!

Dorian said...

Lovely work Marleen.

Martina said...

The towels are so sweet with the stitcheries and the cottage looks amazing. Like the green in the red!

thepiececorps said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing B-)

Stress Less said...

I love your baby burp pad. I have a new great niece - maybe I'll try my hand at something like this for her. Thank you SO MUCH for showing your redwork. I'd love to see more some time! I'm getting so MANY ideas - wonder how I can get some more time....

Sara said...

The houses are darling!

Just Quilt It said...

Oh, I love your work! I would frame the lovely sampler you are working on. Redwork is so pretty. I've never done any, but I quilted a quilt for a friend once that was redwork her mother had done.

Brenda said...

You do beautiful work! Love the pillow with the snippets of fabric. Very clever. And a room with red work, I would love to see it in its entirety.

Sandra Rowe said...

I LOVE your work, especially your pillow! FANTASTIC!!!

JudyCinNC said...

All are outstanding - the cottage is very well thought out and just plain beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Judy C in NC

Linda said...

I love all your projects, but your redwork is gorgeous! Great job!

Linda J said...

How clever to add the snippets of colors to the cottage piece! I am with you though----I love embroidery though I don't get near the amount done that YOU have! Well done.

Rosa said...

Love all your projects but your pillows caught my eye!

Kathy said...

I love how you added the snippets to the cottage! Very creative! Your projects are great and you do really nice stitching. Thank you for sharing.

Carrie P. said...

I really like how you added the snippets of fabric to the pillow, great idea. The trim on the towels is cute too.
Your handwork is lovely.

LadyV said...

Beautiful embroidery and such wonderful projects...love them all!

Madame Samm said...

No doubt about it..you are a stitcher...each piece lovelier than the last....love your garden piece

Patty said...

I like all your redwork. You are a wonderful stitcher.

Kathy H said...

Love all of those embroideries. Inspires me to get moving on some of mine that I have let sit around. I always enjoy making them.

krislovesfabric said...

So many beautiful projects here, beautiful stitching too!

Lou said...

Absolutely love the cottage pillow!!! Love when people think outside the box!

Molly Mandeville Fryer said...

Marlene! Wow! Thanks for showing me up!! Lol. Great job on all the work but that pillow is over the top! Always love visiting you!

patchouli moon studio said...

Beautiful embroidered projects Marlene. You do love stitching.

Linda Coleman said...

great work, love how you added the flowers to the cottage

B J Elder said...

All your projects are great. Thanks for shairng them.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous stichery projects.

Teresa said...

Love your projects. I am getting such inspiration from this hop!

Pauline said...

You are a real stitch-artist! Great work! Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Lovely projects , each and everyone, you are a real pro at embroidery !!

Needled Mom said...

Your pieces are just lovely. I love the house with the snippets.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh what fun! I loved your post and all your wonderful projects! My favorite is Monday's Child :*D

Mamacessories said...

Beautiful work!

Loralynn said...

You have been a busy girl! Lovely job on all of them!

Kelly said...

Your projects are great. It has been years since I've done any embroidery....hmmm.. :)

Beverly said...

Your work is beautiful. I love the red work and my favorite is the tea towel with the ruffle. My list of to do projects is growing with each blog I see but I still going to add that tea towel to my list.

feltfree på Åsly said...

Wow what a great job. So many fine tings you made. Love all.
Thanks for sharing Frederika

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Each piece is adorable Marlene....I love the house though

Sharon Dawn said...

I love your embroidery, but I think my favorite is the redwork! All of it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

tink's mom said...

Love all of your projects, especially the idea of the burp bib with the bunny. Thanks for being part of the party.

Robin said...

All your projects look amazing! That cottage pillow is just over the top. I love it!!

Jana said...

Your projects are very nice and cute. Great work!

Christine M said...

All of your projects are just lovely.

Heather said...

Your projects are very nice, I especially liked the way that you embellished the cottage.

Debra Lee said...

One day hope to have these skills!

The Slow Quilter said...

Great work, you are an old hand at this.

Cindy said...

Your stitching is so lovely :)

Julie Fukuda said...

There you go, inspiring people again! If I start an embroidery project in the near future, I will know who to blame!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Beautiful projects. Love the redwork.

Sharon said...

ONGosh your work is beautiful...I cannot even pick a favorite they are all truly awesome...thank yo sor sharing them with us.

Cathi said...

Your projects are all stunning. Impossible to pick a favourite, but those Wee Tots are so adorable!

madebymeinred said...

Thanks for sharing your delightful embroidery projects. I can tell you love stitching. Great work.

LJ said...

Wonderful projects! I loved the cottage scene and think adding the fusible pieces and the quilting was just super.

Val said...

Love seeing all your goodies. You are so blessed to be able to do all of this! Love the redwork in your bedroom.

Quilt n Queen said...

A beautiful parade of embroidery projects Marlene...luv them all. I wish I could stitch all day...to me it is sEw relaxing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects. Happy stitching, Pauline

Tracee Perry said...

So much jaw dropping stitcheries, well done.

Jenny said...

lovely projects. The cottage is great, love the addition of the colorful flowers!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Wow~ I loved seeing all of your beautiful projects, you do amazing work~!

apple blossom said...

love your projects

Gmama Jane said...

Nice stitching...It's so relaxing isn't it? I can tell you really love it!
Have a Blessed Easter
Gmama Jane

carla said...

Hi!!! Wow!!! Love all of your redwork!!! Love the cottage!!!! It is all wonderful!!!! Thank You

susie said...

I'm a huge fan of redwork and red & white sewing...Your pillows are wonderful. I love using finca threads too, they're awesome. I can tell from your beautiful stitches that you so enjoy it. Happy Stitching.

lauraluvsloons said...

I liked how you used some fusible color for the leaves and azaleas. Great idea.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Really lovely work. Thanks for sharing.

Quilt Hollow said...

Though I'm late, enjoyed my visit.

patricia gooden said...

You can tell how much you love doing these embroidery projects. They are all so beautiful.