I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I’m embroidering the leaves on the back panel. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!
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As these leaves are repeats (almost) of the leaves that I stitched on the front panel, they didn’t take me long to do! And I think they’ve come out neater than the front panel’s ones, too. But as I never unpick anything unless it’s really vile, the slightly wobbly ones from the front panel will have to stay like that!
These are the four leaves, half way through. The threads used, and the filling stitches, are the same as on the front panel, with one of the fillings done twice. I still think that these fiddly filling stitches would work better if there was more room for them, but at least I can stitch them faster, now that I’ve had a bit of practice. In this image, I’ve done the chain stitch padding, ready for the close Buttonhole stitch edgings. I still don’t quite understand why the padding is stitched in such a different shade from the top stitches, as, if you place your Buttonhole stitches a bit wide, the pale colour will show through 😦
Here’s the whole back panel, so you can see the leaves with the padding, now covered with close Buttonhole stitch filling.
And here’s the front panel again – you can see how much of the back panel’s motifs are taken from the front one, but there’s enough variation to make it interesting to stitch. And none of those pesky raspberries/strawberries to do, either!!!
The next part I’m going to tackle is the four inner panels, which have embroidery only along the top edges of each heart, before moving on to the inner pockets and smalls. It’s slowly coming together…!
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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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