Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 5 July 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m continuing to work on my embroidery. I started this piece about a week ago. Most of the stitching on the left side of the picture is done, except for the lettering in the sign above the trailer and also some metallic stitching in the trailer.  I’ve moved onto the right hand side of the picture and am slowly working through stitching all the snow. I have discovered that, although the effect of metallic type thread is really pretty, it is a HUGE pain in the neck to work with. Even when using short lengths of thread and using thread heaven conditioner it shreds terribly. But I will persevere with it.

On Saturday I was reading through some of the rainbow scrap projects on the Soscrappy blog which caused me to remember that I had started an English Paper piecing design by Willyne Hammerstein with plans to do it as a rainbow project. I ended up stalled on it because I couldn’t figure out the logistics of how to go about making the units necessary for each row. I had a knock myself in the side of the head moment and figured out how to do it. So I dug it out and started back at it. It’s early days yet. Each row will be assigned a colour in the order of the rainbow and I’ll follow the layout of the rows as I’m  making the units. Sounds easy..... right? So why did I seem to think it would be difficult? The name of the project in her first book is called Good Times, Bad Times which is rather appropriate at the moment. So here is the beginning..... starting with red. I’m going to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.


  1. Hi,
    Love your embroidered piece...so pretty...I totally understand the metallic thread thing. I've used it several times and every time I use it..it shreds and comes apart...so aggravating....Your paper piece quilt will be so beautiful when done...have a great day!

  2. Your new project will look great in rainbow scrap colours. Making one row a month will make it achievable for you, hopefully. Paper piecing can be a slow way to work, but does give wonderful results. I'll be watching out for this on future RSC link parties!

  3. Your embroidery is so very pretty. Good luck with your rainbow project.

  4. Your embroidery is lovely! I've worked with metallic embroidery floss and it was fine. I used Precencia floss and lots of thread Heaven. It was a huge adjustment, but It worked well. I wish you luck with your project.

  5. Your embroidery is coming along lovely, I recently ordered some DMC Diamante Grande it's supposed to be a stitchers dream to work with, one of the tricks I have learned using metallic floss is to use a needle with a large eye so that the hole is wide enough for the floss to flow through causing little to no fraying.


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