Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 12 May 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

A few weeks ago I started a series of tiny embroideries, just to see if I would enjoy getting back to it. Well it turns out I do enjoy it, a lot, so I have ordered in a few more ambitious project patterns. A couple of friends and I went to the Oxford Quilter’s guild show yesterday and on our way home we stopped in at Stitch It Central. They have a huge selection of embroidery floss and I wanted to pick up some variegated colours for the new design I want to do. It is from Crabapple Hill and is a stitchery folder found on their website here. I had never done crayon tinting of an embroidery project before, so that was fun, I did that Friday evening after tracing the design out. I picked out a few old floss colours I’ve had hanging around for many many years, specifically the colours I’ve used in the sunflowers, but wanted some new ones for it too. It seems appropriate to do up a folder for stitcheries as my first large project. That way I have someplace to store and carry any further projects I plan to do. And it can be used for more than just embroidery. So the green is new, as is the neutral that will form the lace design at the bottom and also a purple/pink that will do the flowers. Everything else will come from floss I already have. I’m rather surprised at how fast the stitching actually goes. I have the petals of the sunflowers finished , the needle started and the word Stitch done, all since Friday evening.

In other stitching news, if it can be called news, I did finish the crochet shawl I was doing in the time frame I wanted. It’s very difficult to get photos of these large shawls, so I’ve draped it over the front of our wardrobe cupboard in order to get it all in. I’m going to link this post to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then maybe get back to one of my English Paper Piecing projects for the remainder of the day. I love having a variety of projects to choose from.


  1. I too had forgotten how much I enjoy embroidery until I did a few stems in my Beyond the Cherry Trees applique blocks. That shawl looks amazing. I am considering taking up knitting again next year.

  2. I have been itching to do some embroidery but want to finish a few more quilts first. Who doesn't love sunflowers and yours look awesome and a useable project too!

  3. That is a lovely sunflower stitchery! I haven't done any crayoning yet either!

  4. Oh my your post reminded me I have the Crab Apple Hill pattern too. I really love how your stitching is coming, you did a great job with the crayon tinting too. Lovely shawl.

  5. I've never heard of crayon tinting before, so I've watched a tutorial - it sounds like a great way to create a stitched project.
    Love your shawl! That was one of your fade projects, right? It looks lovely!


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