February 26, 2011
February Vintage Pattern Stitchalong: Week 4
Well it's the final week of the Vintage Pattern Stitchalong and I am all done! I popped in a cheesy movie this morning and put the final touches on my second pillowcase.
Then, I crossed my fingers, turned them inside out, and washed them. I usually don't turn my stitching inside out, but I wanted to be extra-careful because I'd done so many French knots...
Voila! I was fortunate and the faint charcoal lines washed right out and the stitches held up perfectly:
I ran out of a couple of colors, so I swapped colors between the two pillowcases, which would make for a good game of "spot the differences," if you are very, very bored. :)
I added some extra french knots around the large flowers in the middle of the design - I used to hate French knots, but once you get the hang of them they are very addictive.
So, here they are washed (ahem: unironed - a girl can only get so much done in time for same-day blog posting) and ready to go:
But, sheesh, next time I choose colors for a blog post to photograph, I think I'll stay away from teals and fushchias! They look so pretty in real life, but it's almost impossible to capture true-to-life shades of pink and blue in photos. I did tons of monkeying around with my camera settings just to get these pics.
But now, on to my favorite part - your stitching! :)
Ninimakes gets double points for creativity by stitching on a shirt she made herself (from a Built by Wendy pattern):
I love how elegant the design looks in one color and it contrasts so well with the subtle pattern in her fabric - gorgeous, Ninimakes!
I love the placement Avrienne chose for her t-shirt stitching, and the pretty autumn palette she used:
Aimee also stitched her design on a t-shirt - I really, really love the details in this progress shot:
Speaking of in-progress, I also love the details in this project by hannita - can't wait to see it finished!
Lisa chose light colors that show up well against her blue fabric:
I love how everybody approaches their stitches in a different way - I love the loose, open stitches and extra French knots in this version by Megan:
Last but certainly not least, 2 of our own bloggers at Feeling Stitchy joined in...
Jo also stitched her design on a pillowcase:
And Carina stitched up her own modified version of the pattern, with lots of lovely pastel colors:
I wish I could have featured every single one of you - but HEY, why don't you help us make a list of everyone that took part? If you joined the stitchalong this month (even if yours is in progress), please leave a link in the comments!
Thank you so much for stitching along with us! I hope you all had fun and were inspired, even if you couldn't join along. This was super fun and inspiring for me - I pulled out embroidery I literally have not touched in years.
Be sure to check back with us for more stitchalongs - I happen to know that there's a really, really, really good one coming up.... :)
Recap of the February Stitchalong:
Download the pattern (thanks, Claudia!)