Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Here a Stitch, There a Stitch

Do you have unfinished projects laying around the house? I sure do! I started this bag a couple of weeks ago....I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I thought I would curl up on the couch nice and cozy, under a warm quilt and embroider some stitching on this bag front that I had already cut out. It turned out to be the perfect project for me on that particular night.

I loved the design of this fabric and purposely cut the bag out with a center motif. I thought some stitching would accent the medallion nicely. It had been a while since I tackled embroidery on a bag....if you follow me regularly you may remember this bag from some time ago that I made for a friend:

Link to the blog post is: Handmade with Love

This was the first time that I did some embroidery work on one of my bags. Though it is hard to really appreciate in the photo, it added a nice touch to the bag, a quilted effect that I really loved. So I thought I would give it another try on this new bag.

I tried a few different colored doilies for the center in beiges and browns but the pale aqua doily looked the best. I think it really brings out the aqua in the fabric.

At first I was only going to embroider the aqua lines. Then when I was done, I wondered what it would look like if I also embroidered the gold lines. Then of course, I was curious how some dark brown stitching would look in the mix. So it became a much more time consuming project than I had originally planned but I really was happy with the end results. It's amazing how a few french knots and some outline stitching can add so much to an existing design on fabric.

So this bag has been sitting on my dining room table for about two weeks waiting to be top stitched and the inside opening (for turning right-side out) to be stitched closed. It's been such a busy couple of weeks that I did not even have time to get to it. Last night I made up my mind to complete it once and for all. It took so little time and now it is finally done. (Please forgive the color in some of these photos, it's been dark and gloomy for days on end so the lighting if way off!)

I rewarded myself with a nice hot cup of tea! Yes, my tea cup package arrived yesterday afternoon and I now have a lovely new tea cup, a new tea that I tried and loved and other goodies that will be revealed when Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose) puts up her reveal post for the latest Tea Cup and Mug Swap! Coming soon sometime in April.....so stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of your week friends!