Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Something Old, Something New
I decided to have a little fun with the remnant of silk I had leftover from "The Dress."
After all, a drawstring bag for jewelry and accessories is practical for the day of the wedding, and it will be perfect for accomodating wedding keepsakes in the future. And did I mention that I've always wanted to try my hand at embroidery?
It's my first real attempt at satin stitch, hence the many mistakes! For the record, it's not a good idea to "learn" embroidery on something that's supposed to be an heirloom...
I was at a loss when it came to the slender bits, since backstitching looked ridiculous. So I pulled out my dilapidated 1960's Vogue sewing book (the only real sewing book I have unpacked right now!) and perused the embroidery section. The solution? The outline stitch. It took me a couple of tries to figure it out from the very basic line drawing and brief instructions. But it was incredibly easy once I got the knack for it. It has a more finished look than the backstitch, and it's much more enjoyable, too!
When my future mother-in-law gave me a lace medallion (beautiful Spanish bobbin lace purchased by my fiance's grandmother), I soon discovered that I had the perfect opportunity to showcase it:
Framed by a circle of outline stitch, and ready to be passed down to future generations: