Tuesday, May 29, 2007


MISS LOUISE AND MISS CYNTHIA

I know you’ve met Miss Louise (on the left) and now here’s her friend, Miss Cynthia! Two adorable ladies from the designs of Red Brolly, Bronwyn Hayes. Years ago, and I do mean YEARS ago I did a lot of embroidery and have found myself being drawn to it again. I used a back stitch with these, as I need to practice my stem stitch. I’m not completely happy with the results and finally figured out why – I was working on linen rather than muslin so it was difficult to keep my stitches even (one thread over makes such a difference). So, please don't be too critical of my stitches! ;-)

I don’t know what I’m going to do with these cuties. I’m considering ordering one or two more but we’ll see. I just need to think about it a bit.
Please forgive the tacky blue tape!

18 comments:

Linda said...

Darlene I think you're being far too critical of your own work, they are adorable and the stitching is fine. If you're looking for a good cloth to stitch on try the Kona cottons, they stitch up beautifully. If you're looking for more patterns email me before you order, I have them coming out my ears.....lol....

Anne said...

Your stitcheries look great, Darlene! I agree with Linda that you are being far to critical of your own work. And I love Bronwyn Hayes! Look forward to seeing what you decide to do with them! Take care, and have fun!

Knot Garden said...

They look great to me! They must have been fun to do. Love those redwork chickens.

Carole said...

They are cuties! I used to do a lot of embroidery in my teens. I have a pair of jeans that I kept from 9th grade. Reading blog about stitching is getting me in the mood. Like I need another hobby! Well, I do like them. Did they come with suggestions for the block? thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

"I don’t know what I’m going to do with these cuties . . . ." I know, I know: Send them to ME! LOL! Very cute!

Nadine said...

They're lovely, Darlene ! I don't see anything wrong with your stitches !
May Britt has shared a tip with me, and it works like a breeze : before stitching, I baste a very, very thin piece of batting (If neccessary, I "peel it off" in two parts, see what I mean ?), no backing necessary. It helps give some "consistance" and stability to your piece of fabric, and hides the knots, etc.... Moreover, it gives kind of "quilted" nice result ! I won't do any stitchery in any other way, now !
(you can see an example on my blog, around 16th April, I think - a Bronwyn Hayes Lady - in colors - and then you'll see the progress I need ! LOL)...
By the way, why do you want to stem stitch them ? Most Australian stitcheries usually get back stitched,(unless otherwise stated, of course).

Keep doing, "Goldfinger", you're on a roll !

Biiiiig hugs & smiles !
NADINE

Nicole said...

Love the look of your embroidery! I have always loved redwork and have wanted to do some kind of Christmas related redwork project some day. Your old gals are sure characters!

Carol said...

Those girls just couldn't be any cuter!

Marcie said...

Your stitcheries are great. I know what you mean about wanting to do more. I am enjoying some of that again also. I like the method that Nadine mentioned with a bit of batting in the back. I will have to look in a book to see what the diff is between stem stitch and back stitch. Hmm.

Leigh said...

Your embroidery is just beautiful, don't be so hard on yourself.
I can forgive a lot of things but blue tape??? I don't know, that's a big ask,lol.

Ms. Jan said...

Sweet blocks! I'm loving embroidery these days because it is so portable. Thanks for sharing.

sara, the house of charm said...

Darlene, I agree with Linda. I love Kona fabric. I am not a stitcher, but you make me want to try it!

Doe said...

I agree with Linda. You're being too critical. Your stitcheries are lookin' fine. I'll take them off of your hands if you don't want them. lol!

bettsy said...

Like you I have been thinking about doing some more stitchery and in fact last week I picked up the kits for Libby and Cynthia at a local shop, as well as a red brolly book called Flowerbed. I haven't started yet but seeing yours done has prompted me to get them out.

Judy said...

They look fabulous to me. I suck at stem stitch...love the backstitch!

Jennifer said...

Your stitcheries are adorable! It'll be neat to see how you end up using them in a future project. Cute!

Wendy said...

I love the Red Brolly patterns, I wish I could find more. Any ideas of how I can find them? Your ladies look so cute and your stitching is fantastic.

Quilting Kim said...

I think your stitching looks fantastic. Isn't Browyn Hayes just the greatest? I'm anxious to see what you make with these stitcheries.

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