Lucy Boston

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

more hand-work "stitchery"

 I thought I'd share some of my hand-embroidery-stitching...
that I call stitchery.
And, you should be able to click on the pics below,
click again and get an enlarged pic
to scroll through to see the coloring up close if you care to.

I have been working on Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage,
a pattern by Crabapple Hill...Block one is traced, crayoned with white & shaded with browns,

then stitching started...
Block one with hand-embroidery stitching done:
(this piece is ~40 inches wide, so it's a big one!)
 Blocks two, three and four (below)
pieced & stitched together,
then traced,
crayoned with white
and shaded (mostly with browns, some green, blue and mauve)...
 Here are blocks 2/3/4 and I have about three-fourths of them stitched...
(I don't know why this pic below is so faded out,
but the one above does the coloring more justice)
(I L-O-V-E coloring with crayons,
and am really enjoying this project.
Coloring is so...relaxing elemental soothing to me.
Takes me back to Sunday afternoons when I was little,
awaiting Sunday-after-church dinner
that the matriarchs in the family were whipping up
while us youngins colored great masterpieces).

Anyway, I will tell you that the blocks 2/3/4 segment above...
I colored and tinted for 6 hours!
Yes, six hours
And, it took almost two whole white crayons
for the base coating before the tinting.
That's a whole lot of coloring fun!!!
This one is easy to stitch, as it is only one floss -
Cosmo (Seasons 8041)
20 skeins of floss is called for in the pattern!!!
It's a variegated brown that is just lovely.
And, it seems to be going quite quickly.
I don't know if it will be done for this Autumn,
but as quickly as it's going, it's a maybe!

Happy Stitching!!!
And, Happy End of August (already)!


  1. Hi,
    I love what you have done so far. I am working on the same quilt. I have been working on sewing the many blocks together and haven't started on the coloring and embroidery yet. Kind of nervous. It said to crayon heavily with the white crayon. Is that what you did? I just love the whole quilt and can't wait to see the finished product. I will definitely keep up with what you are doing.

    1. Hi Joy! Yes, I did color with white crayon very heavily. You just don't want crayon "chunks" know when you put too much pressure on a crayon and it leaves that break-off chunk? You just want to fill in the texture of the fibers with the white crayon. Then you will be ready to "tint" with colors and glide easily over the waxy-whiteness. I'm really enjoying the whole process and hope you do too!


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