Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Unlocking little stitchy memories..

Over the past six months or so I have noticed that I can't resist the urge to add sly little embroidery stitches into most of my makes.I haven't really ventured beyond stem and back stitch but finding this old sampler I made when I was fifteen has tempted me into exploring the never-ending types of stitches. 

I call it a sampler(very loosely)as writing the stitch's names in pen probably isn't an age old tradition!I remember my grandmother patiently showing me all the different stitches and the bemused look upon her face as I came up with my own alternative outlandish names for the funny little stitches.
So now being all grown up and semi serious, I'm attempting to relearn these techniques and use them in my own way.

With this in mind I thought I'd show you this little padlock which I sketched and then embellished with some embroidery.I have to say I didn't use any complicated stitches but concentrated on satin and stem(one step at a time)and the practice is all good!Next time I'll venture into using more of my grandmother's stitches. 

I actually intended to cut this lock out and stuff it with lavender so it was a plush like the keys I've previously made but I quite like it in the hoop.Decisions,decisions..any thoughts?
Back to work,
Take care,

Gracie xx


Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

Wow Hun these are gorgous!!!! I would def hang something like that on my wall x x
Annie x

Gracie's Garden Bazaar said...

Thanks Annie,xx

Anonymous said...

I love that! I too would hang it on my wall! :)