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Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 21: Stitching for the inner pockets

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. I’m just beginning the stitching for the inner pockets and smalls for this project now. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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Now that the outer heart shape of the etui itself is completed, I’ve started stitching the inner pockets for the sewing tools. Each one is stitched in a similar manner.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

This is one of the pockets close up – the little pink flower, stems and leaves are stitched in a similar way to the front panel of the etui, so refer back to the blog post about the front panel for detailed descriptions of how to do the relevant stitches. These didn’t take long to do, but, as I mentioned before, I think the leaf shapes in particular are very small for the detailed stitches that are supposed to fit in the spaces! If I wasn’t doing this for a stitchalong, and trying to follow the Inspirations magazines instructions as far as possible, I think I’d have done the leaves in Satin Stitch – partly to make them easier to do, but mainly to make them stand out more. I think that doing them with fiddly filling stitches doesn’t really work. These leaves are filled with Vandyke Stitch, but you can hardly see that that is the stitch that’s been used, as these leaves are barely a centimetre long. As before, the stems are worked in Chain Stitch and then whipped with a contrasting thread. The pink flower is stitched with Buttonhole stitch, then outlined with Coral Stitch, all using one strand of Anchor.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

I’m working these pockets and smalls all on one piece of fabric, using a 12 inch hoop, which means that I can work similar design pieces in one go without having to re-thread my needle. It also means I use far less fabric, as I don’t need to allow space around each piece to hoop them up separately. As long as I leave at least half an inch of fabric between each element, I’ll be able to stitch them all and then cut them apart later, still leaving a quarter of an inch seam allowance for each one.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

I’m starting to think about what items I’ll put in the pockets, when the etui is finished. Of course, I’ll be using one of the pockets for the very elusive mother of pearl ruler, that was almost impossible to buy, until I received a tip-off from one of this blog’s readers (thanks, Jeanette!!).

I’ve had a really cute, solid silver needle holder tube for about thirty years, which I might put in one of the smaller pockets. I’ve also got a wooden half cone stick for making stumpwork flowers  such as foxgloves, which would fit as well. I also came across some lovely vintage mother of pearl ‘gaming chips’ on Ebay, so I’m planning to use one as a thread-winder for one of the pockets. They are very finely carved, and quite delicate. There are loads of these on Ebay, with many different designs. Each one costs about £10 though, so they’re not cheap, but they’re very pretty, and continue the mother of pearl theme.

Sewing tools for Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Now I’m moving on to stitching the heart-shaped pockets for the scissors and bodkin…..

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The 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!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

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Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

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Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 20: the inner heart panels

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I am stitching the inner heart panels (there are four of them, all the same). See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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I thought when I started to stitch these inner heart panels for the etui that they wouldn’t take long. Ha ha! Stitching the same thing four times over does actually take a while….and it’s not all that interesting at times, either, to be doing the same motifs over and over.

Here’s the pattern that needs stitching four times:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

As before, the drawn lines for the leaves and the berry placements look the same on the pullout sheet from the magazine, so I had to bear in mind that some of those ‘teardrop’ shapes would be berries, not leaves.

The actual stitching of the stems, leaves, and flowers, is done using the same stitches and threads as on the front and back panels, so the instructions in Inspirations issue 95 are quite brief for these inner heart panels – they just say things like ‘stitch the leaves as on the front panel’. This meant I was having to flip backwards and forwards through the magazine a lot, which became annoying. So, in the end, I spent ten minutes writing out ONE definitive list of the stitches and threads needed for each element. Then I could put the magazine away, and just refer to my own notes, which I found to be much less fiddly  🙂

I’ll briefly go through the order that I stitched each section – if you need more information about how to do these stitches, see the blog posts about the Front Panel, as I give more details when a stitch is first used each time.

This stem is done in chain stitch, as before, but looks much better once it’s been highlighted with the Whip Stitch and the Stem Stitch highlighting top and bottom.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Like this:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

These little flowers don’t take long, and are very cute:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Instead of doing three types of filling stitches on these small leaves, I decided to do all three in Vandyke Stitch, as they are so small you can hardly see the filling pattern once they are completed.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The other set of three leaves was done as per the instructions, using Tied Wheatear Stitch.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

My berries are improving, gradually….here is the felt padding in place:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

And here is the berry with the completed Beaded Oyster Stitch. I’ve found that the best way to fill the area is to do the five stitches down the centre of the berry, and then ‘flood fill’ with more stitches up from the base to the top, doing both sides at once rather than left side then right side.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The Needlewoven Picots for sepals complete the berries:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Finally, I made the beaded forget-me-nots in two shades of blue:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

This is how one panel looks, when completed. The lower part of each heart shape will be covered with the attached pockets for the smalls.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Here are all four panels, with their stitching completed:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre inner panels

They do look good, now they’re done, but it hasn’t been my favourite part of this project. It’s taken longer than I anticipated, and the repetition is getting boring! But my berries have definitely improved  🙂

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The 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!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 19: the back panel, part two

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  😦

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Here’s the whole back panel, so you can see the leaves with the padding, now covered with close Buttonhole stitch filling.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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!!!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The 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!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 18: the back panel, part one

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.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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!).

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

And here’s the one on the front, with the squiffy lower right petal:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The 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!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits