I've been sewing in circles lately.
Next week I get to take an embroidery class from Sue Spargo. I've been wanting to take this class for a long while, but every time I have tried to register her class is full. Finally and friend and I were able to get spots (sorry, I couldn't help myself with that one) at the Buggy Barn show near Spokane.
As part of the class we are sent a kit of wool to prepare in advance. There are about a zillion (or maybe in my case just 83) little squares of wool that are to be cut into 1″ circles and hand sewn down onto the wool background. We are supposed to sew 96 circles onto the provided background in little regimented rows to make a little 16″ x 24″ project.
Naturally, I had to change all that. First off, wool makes me itch. So while I kept the little circles I changed the background to Essex linen in sand. Since I had a bigger piece of background I was able to play around a bit with the layout and also was able to give the circles a little more breathing room and spread them out a bit.
Also, since my friend is far more speedy than I, she had her dots all cut out and basted in nothing flat and she gave me her extra circles. That gave me enough to do what I wanted, and I ended up using 98 dots.
For the past couple of weeks I've been slowly hand sewing each circle down. Today I finally finished the very last dot. Can't wait for class next week when we get to embellish each dot with some fancy embroidery stitches!
Yes, I am packing my allergy medicine and hoping for no hives from the wool.
- – marcella