Make it Monday: Handstitched class

October 1, 2012

Ages ago I mentioned that I was doing a sewing e-course called Handstitched.

It finished in August but as I fully expected I was totally unable to keep up with the projects. However, I did learn a lot and I really enjoyed it and the best part about an e-course like this is that I received an ebook at the end of the course that included all tutorials, links to videos and projects so I have been able to plod along at my own speed.

And below is as far as I have got. I have done many other projects at the same time (including the table cover underneath) but what I have loved most about this is with a lot of it being hand stitching I can pick it up when I am sat in front of the television at night and just do a little bit more. I dread to think how many hours have gone into this so far. The outer corners are paper pieced all by hand and that bit was so hard. I am sticking to hexagons in future that is for sure. The centre is reverse applique and then there is the round of embroidery on white that took a very long time. Very, very long time. And it is wonky!

I have an applique based round to add next, I just need to make 4 patchwork corners and it will be ready to add on. Then there is a round of solid fabric and finally a pieced strip border to add. It is looking a bit full on at the moment so I am hoping that the next three rounds will bring it all together a bit. All of which will be done by machine and then the hand quilting begins. Definitely a winter project.

Unfortunately I already have a couple of those – a cross stitch that I have been doing for over a year and is only around a third completed and the crochet blanket of doom, which I miscalculated and made too big, and is very long, but really quite thin, and is eating yarn faster than you can say ‘wish I never started this one’. Oh well, I would be bored in the evenings if I didn’t have something to keep my hands busy.

Well it os going to be a big quilt and there are still so many decisions to make, not least what I am going to use as a backing. I was considering a Orla Kiely duvet cover I have but it would clash with the hand quilting so maybe a solid. We will see. At the current rate I won’t have to decide before Christmas!


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  • Reply Mari October 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

    That looks fantastic, which course did you do? I like to tinker with needle and cotton and my last cross stitch took 2 years to complete and I’m still sewing the finished cushion up!
    Well done you on your projects

    • Reply Kelly October 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Thank you so much. The course was run by Rachel who writes the Stitched in Color blog in the US. I see Craftsy have some good courses.

  • Reply Muddling Along October 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Oh that is so pretty – welcome to the far too big blanket club – don’t worry, they do eventually finish (and you will move on from a place where you get given wool for every Christmas and Birthday…!)

    • Reply Kelly October 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Ah yes, I remember yours. At least they are warm to snuggle under in the winter as you work on them.

  • Reply Peggy October 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    This is beautiful! I want to find myself this sort of project for my winter evenings. I like hand stitching and not having to rely on a sewing machine. It makes it easier to pick up anytime you want. Keep it up, it’d really lovely x

    • Reply Kelly October 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Thank you. I do love having something easy to pick up. My sewing space is the dining room table so getting my machine out thermal days is a pain!

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