It’s funny how things randomly link up together sometimes. I’ve been reading “The Boss of You” since the beginning of the month and it got me thinking about new things I wanted to try this year. Then Red Chocolate chose the theme “Eye Spy something new to try in 2009” for last Sunday’s round. Then I drew up this postcard. Then with the whole “something new in 2009” buzzing around in my head, I started thinking about turning some of my little illustrations into embroidery patterns. Then Jane and Becky left comments on my postcard post about stitching the girl featured in the postcard! Weird hey?
Anyways, I have followed their suggestion (thanks ladies!) and have turned the little mushroom girl into an embroidery pattern:
Please click this link to download (it’s in PDF format): Little Mushroom Girl & Bunny Stitch Pattern
Just print it out, use transfer paper/pencil to trace the pattern, and iron-on to your chosen fabric.
Here’s what I’ve done with mine:
I cut out a piece of red ‘n’ white polka dot fabric for the mushroom hat and appliquéd it on (used iron-on adhesive); used mainly split stitch; used satin stitch on the frills of the dress; running stitch detail on the apron; and a bit of reverse appliqué for the rain-drops. It sits stretched over a 300mm embroidery hoop.
Here is it hanging above my youngest’s cot (yet to put more artwork on those empty walls!):
Other ideas for this pattern:
>> Make it into a panel for a cushion or a quilt block, or
>> Pretty up a plain canvas tote by embroidering it on one side, or
>> After embroidering, cut around the shape of the girl leaving a 2-3cm space around the whole girl. Cut a matching backing piece from your favourite patterned fabric. Sew together around the edge using a 1cm seam allowance with right-sides facing and leave a small gap for turning out. Turn right-side out and stuff with poly-fill. Ladder-stitch closed the opening. And ta-da! A little softie girl :-)
Hope you have fun with this and please send me pics of your work if you get a chance to stitch her up!