December 6, 2019

Project a Month: Jenny Blair Owl Kit


I've had my eye on this Jenny Blair Owl Kit ever since I first saw it on Jenny's Instagram account - it is just lovely! I am quite behind on my monthly projects - this should have been October's - so I am hoping for a quick stitch on this one.


There are two versions of this kit, one with black fabric, and one with gray fabric (as above). After much deliberation, I chose the black, as it looked quite dramatic and unique compared to anything I'd done yet this year...

Project a Month October

There is something so lovely about this design, isn't there? My reason for choosing this pattern was a wonderful, vivid memory of joy I had from last year, in October when I was on chemotherapy. It was a cold night, and I was having trouble sleeping - I heard a strange barking sound high up in a nearby tree - I stepped out into the cool night air to see the large, mysterious shape of an owl, hooting back at me! It was truly magical, and such a comforting moment of beauty in a difficult time, so I chose this pattern to remember that moment forever. :)

About the kit

This is a lovely, well-designed kit - the hoop is nice and sturdy, and the screen printed fabric is very nice to work with, as it is so difficult to do a good transfer on dark fabric. The included needle is small and very sharp - I'll be using it for my stitching!

Project a Month October

The directions are very thorough - with suggestions for stitches to use in each area, and a nice, clear photo of the finished project. If you stitch the kit as Jenny suggests, you'll have a nice sampler of stitches done by the end.

As for myself, I am still on a stem stitching high after finishing my Gimena Romero class pattern, so I chose to do all the branches and leaves in stem stitch...

Project a Month October

I love that the threads are already cut in perfect lengths for stitching, so you don't have to fuss with tangling skeins or winding them onto bobbins - this would be a good, small travel project for a plane.

Here is my stitching so far!

Project a Month October

If you would like to stitch along (or get this wonderful kit for a friend), this is the Owl Kit by Jenny Blair. More progress soon!

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

December 2, 2019

Project a Month: Gimena Romero stem stitch class


And I'm finished with the Gimena Romero final project! Believe me, there were times I never thought this days would come - it was very slow going for me at 2 months, but the result was very satisfying! As I mentioned previously, this was the Técnica de bordado con paso atrás class by Gimena Romero on Domestika - the class and site are in Spanish, but there are English subtitles.

I cannot recommend this class enough! I thought I knew how to stem stitch (and that I didn't enjoy it) but there is something so informative about plunging into all the variations on the construction of this stitch that Gimena provides. I found myself enjoying this stitch so much more as I practiced it, and came to understand its architecture.

Threads I used

DMC perle cotton size 8: Ecru, 315, 503, 704, 754, 817, 922, 930, 950

Finished stem stitch class project

I also thought I didn't enjoy stitching with perle cotton threads - I've used them pretty sparingly over the years - but experimenting with size 8 perle cotton threads completely changed my perspective! They offer a marvelous sheen and texture that builds and builds...

When I last left you a month ago, I was about halfway through...

Gimena Romero class progress

I added a couple more shades to my original palette as I went along...

Gimena Romero class progress

Gimena Romero class progress

When I came to the hand, I stitched the outline in backstitch, just as Gimena had prescribed in her directions...

progress on Gimena Romero embroidery

progress on Gimena Romero embroidery

I loved the ghostly effect of the outline, unfilled, and could very well have left it like that...

Finished stem stitch class project

But I chose to fill the shape with stem stitch, and I think I like both effects. I actually used a lighter peach shade for the hand than I did for the peach roses - 950 - but the colors read almost exactly the same in the finished project.

Finished stem stitch class project

Thank you for following along in the snail paced progress on this one! Stay tuned for my next project later this week!

Finished stem stitch class project

Previous posts:
Stem stitch class progress
Stem stitch class first post

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

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