Girl Lacer is in a Shakespeare play at school, so being all keen and enthusiastic she took in the Fowl Talk embroidery I did last year to show her teacher. Her teacher loved it and asked if I could make one for her, she offered money but as it’s not my pattern (the pattern is by Follow the White Bunny) obviously I couldn’t accept any, although I would have done it for free anyway, any excuse for embroidery and Girl Lacer adores her teacher, so it was a pleasure. So much of a pleasure that I also, as a surprise, stitched up Little Dorrit & Co.’s Romeo and Juliet balcony scene (I added the quote underneath).
As with any Little Dorrit and Co pattern, there’s lots of different stitches you can use, which is always great fun. I’m not totally happy with the colours I chose for this but I was trying to get in a lot of the school colours. I was also using puppets embroidery thread for this, as I got a big box for Christmas from my dad. I’d never heard of puppets embroidery thread but the box says it’s made by Coats, so that’s a good sign it should be reasonable quality. I have a feeling my dad got it from HobbyCraft or somewhere similar. I was a little dubious using it, as I’ve been burnt by cheap embroidery threads before but this was okay, not as smooth as Anchor or DMC, so a few of my lazy daisy stitches stick up a bit but it’s okay. And it’s always a pleasure to have a big box of embroidery threads to choose from.
I used an iron on transfer pen for both of these embroideries, 2016 will be the year I wean myself off my dependence of Sulky Solvy. The iron transfer pen I used was from Sublime Stitching, so a nice thin line, although I ironed on too heavily the Romeo and Juliet pattern (so you can see it a little bit in places) and not quite enough for the Fowl Talk pattern, I need some practice. But at least using that method I didn’t have to wash my embroideries, so no colour leaching (!) which is what happened with my original Fowl Talk embroidery. Even ignoring the colour leaching, I think I prefer this version, again I tried to use school colours a bit and this time it worked and as much as I do like stitching on patterned fabric, I think I’ve been underestimating white, as the pattern looks so much more clearer and defined this time.
For reference, here’s my original version again.