One By Machine, One By Hand

I didn’t get as many color studies done this week but I still got a hand stitched one and a machine stitched one completed.


The hand stitched one is violet, blue and yellow orange. You can’t really tell from the photo but the darkest large French knots are violet and blue. They look very similar in the photo. I had to make a little frame for this one otherwise it looked silly.

This is the one completed on the sewing machine. It is cut back applique and supposed to be yellow, green and red violet. But I didn’t think about putting the yellow cotton organdy over the green fabric so now it reads yellow green. I should have made the back fabric yellow instead of green. I used one of my circle designs from my circles studies in Level 3 Art and Design. So anyone that was asking what I would do with all the work and designs from Level 3, here’s an example.

Lupines Update

I haven’t had a lot of stitching time and most of it I spent “unstitching” recently.

Close Up of Lupines with Stitching

This is a close up of the last time I showed you the lupines. I had used a lot of very pale lavender french knots. They were just too stark a contrast and there were too many light ones.


So I cut a bunch of them off. I also added some darker violet french knots and have more to go.

Lupines Close Up

Here’s a closer view. There may be still too many light ones but once I get the darker ones on, I think it will be better. Too many highlights just didn’t look right. Hope you all have a Happy 4th of July if you celebrate that holiday. If not, have a great weekend!

Stitching Wild Flowers

I wrote a post about creating this piece over on the Felting and Fiber Studio. I have started adding a little hand stitching.

Montana Wild Flower Landscape

I have a lot more stitching to go.

Close Up of Lupines with Stitching

I plan on adding French knots to all the lupines and then perhaps add more leaf detail and detail to the Indian Paintbrush.

French Knots

I’m not being really careful with the French knots as I don’t want them to be all the same shape and size. I am using Perle cotton that I hand dyed. It’s a variegated purple thread and was perfect for this project.

What have you been working on? Thanks for stopping by!