I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. Now that the front panel has been completed, I’m starting on the back panel. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!
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The back panel of the Strawberry Fayre heart etui uses similar motifs to the front, but it’s a simpler design. This means that it should be quicker to do! I know of two people who are joining in with the stitchalong who did this panel first, to get practice at doing the flowers and stems, so that their front panel would be more ‘perfect’, as they’d already have practiced on the back part! As I’m doing this to help people, I’m sort of following the instructions from the magazine as far as possible, otherwise I might have started with the back panel too.
The order of stitching is fairly similar to the front. The stems are stitched first (and I chose to do the little flowers at the outer edges), and then the lily flower in the centre. This time, I made sure that I corrected the transferred outline for the lower curving petal on the right before stitching the Satin Stitch padding, so that the ‘cutout shape’ on the inner edge on each side is more even (just!).
Here you can see how the stitches are starting to build up to make a nicely textured piece of embroidery, even though it’s not finished yet.
Allowing for the fact that my photos have come out looking like completely different colours (due to me taking one in daylight and one in artificial light), it’s still interesting to compare the lily flowers from the front and back panels. Here’s the one on the back:
And here’s the one on the front, with the squiffy lower right petal:
I like the back panel lily much more than the front one. I think I got the hang of the overlay stitches more by the time I’d ‘practiced’ on the front one. If I had more patience, I’d have done a sample one first, on spare fabric, but I never have that kind of patience with projects.
It was much quicker to stitch the lily on the back panel, once I’d worked out how to do the stitches and decided which colours to use, so when I get on to the inner pieces of the etui, it should speed up even more, as there’s quite a lot of repetition in this project.
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The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95. The publishers do sell a full materials pack (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping.
EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..
To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.
To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).
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