This was actually stitched earlier this week but I’ve been saving it for my weekly post over at Feeling Stitchy. For the unregular reader, I write a weekly column over on Feeling Stitchy about new patterns (both free and for sale) and the last few weeks finding new patterns to write about has been hard. The pattern above, which is called Summer Girl and is a lovely freebie from Sew Lovely, actually came out the week before last and I was going to feature it last Sunday but I didn’t have chance to sew it up (last Sunday instead I talked about an interesting new group of cleaned up vintage Ingalls patterns). I guess all the embroidery designers are out there enjoying the summer sun at the moment!
This hoop will actually be going to a swap bot partner in a pin-up girls embroidery swap (once I actually get round to remembering to buy an envelope big enough). It was really fun to stitch up (even though I’m not the world’s biggest fan of french knots and I’m not particularly good at faces). I tried to keep the number of colours used low so to tie the picture all together. I particularly enjoyed doing the shoes for some reason.
I embroidered the design on the cotton – linen mix I bought last weekend for the commission, as I had bought more than I needed. It’s lovely and soft (which is what I need) but stretches too easily in the hoop, which is why the sun is a bit lop sided, I will have to be careful with that.