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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.

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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 16: stitching the berries on the front panel

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I am stitching the berries on the front panel.  See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

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HOW TO STITCH THE BEADED BERRIES

These gorgeous chunky little berries really make this project into something special – I’ve been looking forward to stitching these since I started making this etui! However, from the emails and comments on this blog that I’ve had over the past few weeks, these berries have caused people the most problems with this project out of all the elements, so I’ll try to address some of the issues with this blog post.

There is a slight problem with what these berries are called, for one thing. They are described as ‘strawberries’ in the Inspirations magazine’s instructions. But until I read that, I’d always thought they were raspberries. So, make your own mind up on that one!! I think that, with hindsight, the project itself was named after the ‘dangleys’ – there is definitely a strawberry on one of the cords hanging from the base of the heart. But these berries on the front panel are not like that!

This is what they start off as – little egg-shaped bits of dark red felt. I cut out 12, as eventually I’ll need twelve for the whole project, so I’ve bagged up the spares for later (when, hopefully, I’ll still be able to find them…). I had to adapt the shaping from the drawn outline of the design, as, on the drawing they have pointed tips, just like leaves.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Then I stab-stitched three of the shapes into position on the design, using dark red sewing cotton. In the magazine instructions, people are advised to use a kind of adhesive webbing (like Bondaweb) on the TOP surface of the felt, and then, after attaching the felt to the base fabric, work Oyster Stitch through the felt and the webbing. The reasoning being, I think, that that will cut down on the ‘fluff’ of the felt getting drawn up through the Oyster stitches. But people have been telling me that that doesn’t work, and it just makes it really difficult to work the stitches through the almost ‘sticky’ layer of the webbing. I think that’s a rather strange use of a webbing fabric, and unnecessary, so I didn’t use it!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The surface texture of the berries is achieved by working Oyster Stitch with a bead added. I used size 11 Mill Hill seed beads 42012 dark red (substitute) while working the Oyster stitch all over the felt shapes with two strands of Silk ‘n’ Color 1055 dark red (substitute). This is a really good use of a stitch with beads added – it makes them look just like…..RASPBERRIES, NOT STRAWBERRIES!!

Mary Corbet has a video tutorial for Oyster stitch here.

How to do Oyster stitch

The only thing that I would change in her tutorial is that when making the first loop (that looks like a Twisted chain stitch), I wouldn’t try to do it in a ‘scooping motion’ with the needle – I do it in two stages, as a stabbed stitch, taking the needle to the back, and then bringing it up exactly where I want it to be and making a sort of twisted chain stitch. ‘Scooping’ the needle on the fabric at this point, when there is felt padding on the top of the fabric to get through as well means that you wouldn’t be able to take a very small ‘bite’ of the fabric, so your Oyster stitches would end up being too large for this berry. You need to make five complete stitches in a row down the length of the centre of the berry, so each Oyster stitch needs to be about 3/16 of an inch long in total to fit five in. That can only be achieved by stab stitching the first twisted chain stitch shape, IMO! That’s the secret to getting these small textural stitches to fill the space properly.

You also need to remember to thread the bead on before you start each stitch, and then after making the first twisted chain stitch shape, push the bead up to the top of the stitch with your needle, just about to the point where you are going to take the needle behind the loop from right to left, underneath where the bead now sits. This will make the bead sit high on the completed stitch. Then make the final ‘chain stitch’ shape around the outside of the twisted chain stitch and bead combination, and catch that loop down to finish the Oyster Stitch.

With the centre berry, I did the stitches as the instructions recommended – a row of five down the centre, then three each side at the edges (left side first), then filled in the spaces in between with more stitches. It came out like this:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

With the berry on the left, I altered that slightly, and worked the row of three down the right hand edge first, then the centre row, then the left hand row, to see if it made it any easier to get the needle under the loops when completing the stitches, but it didn’t make much difference to the ease of completion, and I felt that this berry ended up looking too ‘regimented’, with the beads in obvious rows.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

So, with the berry on the right, I started filling in from the top of the berry, not doing any of it in rows, but just sort of ‘flood filling’ with stitches. Out of the three techniques, I think I like the centre berry the best, although it was tricky to do.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

HOW TO STITCH THE NEEDLELACE SEPALS FOR THE BERRIES

Each berry has three sepals made from needlewoven picots. One of my blog readers, called Jeanette, has given me a tip which would have made stitching these a lot easier – she said to fix a plastic A4 pocket tightly up to the base of the berry, and temporarily tape the plastic to the edge of your hoop before putting in the ‘locating pin’ for each picot, so that when you are stitching the picots, the needle has a shiny base to slide across, instead of the base fabric and surrounding stitches, which can easily get caught in your needle.

Another blog reader said that she had so much trouble stitching the picots *after* the berries, that she unpicked the berries, and then started again, stitching the picots first, and then re-stitching the berries! So, that’s another option.

This is Mary Corbet’s really good video on how to make the picots.

How to stitch a Needlewoven picot

I stitched mine using one strand of Anchor 268 Dark green. I used a dressmaking pin as a locating pin to set the length of the picot.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

With the centre berry, I found that once I’d worked the picots, the berry looked as if it was ‘floating’, as the design drawing didn’t have a stem to that berry. So I stitched one in the same style as the other two berries, but it was tricky to do after the picots had been stitched as they got in the way, and it looks a bit obvious now, I think.

Each berry has four Lazy daisy stitches worked underneath the needlewoven picots to give depth (make sure you stitch these after the picots, or you’ll keep catching your needle in them as you weave the picots), with one stitch in copper thread added too to give highlights. Then the picots are stitched down with a one strand of the same shade of green, with a bit of a twist to each one (not flat to the fabric). That bit made a lot of difference to the finished look.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

So, here’s my finished berries:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

I’m really pleased with how these RASPBERRIES turned out!

THE COMPLETED FRONT PANEL

This is the panel, now it is completely stitched (except for the Dorset button, which will go in the space in the centre, once it’s all been assembled). Although I’ve had to fiddle with several design elements, I’m pleased with this. The back panel should be easy to do now, and a lot quicker, as it repeats many elements from this front one. I’m also pleased, on the whole, with my thread substitutions, despite some of the green shades looking too similar to each other. Mostly, this panel has been stitched with Anchor stranded cotton thread. The carnation flower on the left doesn’t look quite so out of position now that more embroidery around it distracts the  eye somewhat. But it is still in the wrong place, due to a badly drawn design, and I wish I’d noticed before I traced it like that!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Seen sideways on, you can appreciate the texture of this piece of embroidery, which I love  🙂

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

NOW IT’S OVER TO YOU!

I’d love to see pictures of your embroidered panels, so please send your images to janet@janetgranger.co.uk , before 11th April 2018. That’s not long!!

I’d really like next week’s blog post to feature some pictures of your Strawberry Fayre panels, even if you haven’t completed them yet! Just send me a clear image of the whole panel, or just a detail, or an angled side view. Images need to be in .jpg format, well lit and in focus, and as large as possible, file-size-wise, please! Please bear in mind that any images sent in might be used by me on Facebook or other social media. I’m sure other people would love to see your stitching  🙂  I’ll try to use as many as possible……

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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. 

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

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 9: stitching the carnation on the left

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in! This is what I am working on:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui

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A QUICK NOTE ABOUT HOURS OF STITCHING

I just want to make it clear that some weeks I get a lot done, and some weeks hardly anything! Some people were concerned last week when I said I’d done 15 hours….don’t worry, I don’t expect to do anything like that much per week! Some weeks, I hardly get the time to pick up my needle  🙂  So, do what you can, and I’ll be doing what I can, and eventually we should all get this thing stitched, one way or another!

STITCHING THE CARNATION FLOWER – DIAMOND STITCH

This is the main pink flower on the front left of the heart etui. I’ve never done Diamond stitch before – this pretty stitch is used as a filling stitch for the petals of the carnation flower. There are instructions in Inspirations no. 95 showing you how to do it. There’s also this Video tutorial on the Needle ‘N Thread website showing you how to do Diamond stitch, which I found better, as it’s a complicated stitch!

I used a betweens needle no. 9 and two strands of Anchor 1028 substitute to stitch this one. It helps to place the tip of your needle in the loop as you’re pulling the thread tight to make the knots, to help place them exactly where you want them to be.  I’d been planning to use no. 11 seed beads for the highlights in the centre of each petal, but when I placed them on the fabric, I though they looked a bit chunky, so I used Petite Glass Beads by Mill Hill no. 42012 instead – a deep pinky red, very similar to the thread colour. Start with the smallest petals at the sides, and work the diamond stitch on each petal, doing the centre petal last, when you’ve really got the hang of this stitch, as it will notice more! On the smallest petals, I managed to fit in two beaded repeats. On the next two petals on each side, I got three beaded repeats, and on the centre petal I got four beaded repeats. You might be able to do it a bit ‘tighter’ and get a few more, but I couldn’t manage it.

STITCHING THE CARNATION FLOWER – OUTLINES

I used Anchor 55 – a bright pink – to stitch the outlines of the petals in stem stitch once the Diamond stitch was completed. This only needs one strand, and a betweens needle. Start with the centre petal, and define how much of a point you want at the base of the petal, as the other petals will follow the  curve set by this main one, around the top of the calyx.

On the magazine’s stitched model, the petals ‘grow’ directly out of the calyx, touching it. On the pullout sheet’s pattern, the carnation is much more stylised, and the petals are definitely separate. This annoys me!! The pattern has several differences like this. The drawn pattern seems to almost be an afterthought sometimes, once the article for the magazine had been completed, and yet people like me are going to spend weeks, if not months, recreating the heart etui, and need an accurate pattern. The carnation itself has been drawn  on the pattern too close to the right hand thick stem, whereas the stitched model’s one is placed much better. Too late now, though – I wish I’d noticed it sooner….

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The Anchor 55 stem stitching is then outlined again very closely with Anchor 62 substitute, in one strand. I didn’t realise, until I was doing this part, that the diamond stitch filling on the centre petal should have started higher up, filling more of the centre area up to the points, so I decided I will have to fill in the gaps with more French knots than the instructions suggest, using Anchor 1028 substitute.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

 

STITCHING THE CARNATION FLOWER – FRENCH KNOT FILLING

The petals look a lot better once they have been filled with French knots in the gaps, and with the second row of stem stitch outlining. At the base of the petals, I worked extra dark pink in long and short stitch, to make it look more solid, as I don’t like the ‘floating’ look of the petals otherwise.

STITCHING THE CARNATION FLOWER – CALYX

The calyx is first outlined with one strand of Anchor 267 substitute – if the drawn shape is a bit uneven, now is the time to even it up as you do the split stitch and define the shape. I then worked two layers (rather than the one suggested in the instructions), first vertically, then horizontally, inside the lines of the split stitch, using two strands. Then I did the top layer, also with two strands vertically, going just outside the split stitch outline. I stitched my lattice with the copper metallic thread diagonally, so that the couching threads didn’t sink into the vertical green padding, and then couched down the threads with one strand of Anchor 55, using tiny stitches.

The side sepals are worked in two strands of Anchor 265 substitute in Fishbone stitch (the left one came out far better than the right – don’t really know why!). The video tutorial on Needle ‘N Thread explains the stitch very well.

Fishbone stitch video tutorial from Needle 'N Thread

Then the centre lattice area is outlined last of all with the copper metallic thread.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The carnation has turned out really nicely, and I am pleased with it….except it will always be stitched too far to the right in the available space, for my liking!!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

If you’re stitching this along with me, how is your carnation turning out?

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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. 

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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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

January Sale of dollhouse needlepoint kits and charts starts today!

Just a very quick post to let you know that my January Sale of doll’s house needlepoint kits and charts starts today – check out my website to see everything that’s in the sale!

Kits are available for the following miniature needlepoint items for 1:12 scale dollhouses, and they’re all in the sale!

Carpets  ~~~ Staircarpets ~~~ Cushions ~~~ Bellpulls ~~~ Samplers

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Needlework stands

Rectangular footstools ~~~ Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings

 Teacosies ~~~ Clutch  bags ~~~ Tray cloths ~~~ Handbags

Round footstools ~~~ Christmas tree mats ~~~ Bolster cushions

Table runners ~~~ Placemats

 

So take a look now, and treat yourself to something tempting to stitch…..

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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