A Finished Square !

“She was passionate about knitting because it allowed her to reach a state of peacefulness, and she loved to embroider because it let her express her creativity. Both activities were liberating. They allowed her to exist outside of time.” 
― Laura Esquivel, Pierced by the Sun

I am truly loving my small little embroidery projects right now and can’t wait to continue my adventure in stitching.  So here’s a recap for my first block for the Block  of The Month – 23rd Psalms from Jenny of Elefantz ….

I have a love hate relationship with transfer designs.  I typically use my light box and my Pentel Frixion pen for transferring but after reading a few posts in one of the embroidery groups I belong to on Facebook, I decided to revisit transfers, as well as embroidery stabilizers.

For this block I used a new to me “vanishing embroidery transfer” sheet by Printworks. I haven’t used iron on transfers in a very long time, so this was something fun to revisit.   So about this product, I have to say I like it.  My first attempt was a failure but it was the user and not the product.  The key though is a very hot iron and a smooth, flat surface.  I used my wool ironing mat for my square and it transferred perfectly.  The backing came off smoothly and left no residue, and the design came it in a very light gray.

From  Amazon:  Use Printworks Vanishing Embroidery Transfer Paper to easily add embroidery, cross-stitch or needlepoint patterns to shirts, tea towels, pillows and pillowcases, tote bags, hats, aprons, home décor, crafts, and so much more. Create more personalized, one-of-a-kind items and gifts! Printworks Vanishing Fabric Transfers save time over hand drawing on the fabrics. Simply design your pattern (black or grey line art works best), print it on a transfer sheet with your inkjet printer, transfer to your fabric with an iron (it takes less than 10 minutes  from start to finish), embellish the design, and then wash away the remaining transfer leaving only your one-of-a-kind work of art.  Vanishing Fabric Transfers is designed for use on White/Light-Colored fabrics: 100% cotton, cotton/poly blend, stretchy fabrics, or light-colored denim fabrics. Detailed and easy-to-follow transferring instructions are included in the package.  (No affiliate links) 

For the little bit of applique for the bird, I used batik scraps.  All thread is DMC, two strands used for the back stitch, blanket stitch and French knot.

I love my first square!

Now I must patiently wait for Jenny to post block 2 for February.  Meantime while I am waiting, I will be finishing up the embroidery on my thrifted  linen vest.  I really don’t have to much more to go and it will be finished.  I am thinking about doing a running stitch in three colors along the edges to give and extra bit of “color” too.

I am also planning to start an adorable embroidery design by LiliPopo called “The Stitcher”.  I used one of the Printworks Vanishing Embroidery Transfer sheets for this project and iron it onto a thrifted linen napkin.  I am trying to decide on my thread colors, and trying to decide if I will be using my Londonderry Linen thread, DMC floss or Valdani Threads.  Decisions, decisions, decisions …..

What are you working on this week ?

Until next time, be creative!

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