Monday, November 30, 2009

Rainbow of Colors

It's amazing what can be accomplished on a long road trip....especially when husband prefers to do all the driving.

I finished the small color wheel embroidery project over the Thanksgiving break.  Contributing to this accomplishment is the fact that my Mom spoiled me by doing all the cooking and playing with the grandchildren.  I cooked a little bit.

This left me with lots of time to embroider while riding in the car on the long drive to and from and watching college and NFL football on TV over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I have an idea of what I want to do with this piece of embroidery, but I am also open to suggestions.  Do you have any?

Can you see the detail of the stitches?  My camera wouldn't focus on just one stitch.  I wanted to show my favorite.  It is the raised chain stitch.  If you look closely, you will see it in red at the bottom corner of the picture, as well as in dark purple and light purple.  Other favorites are the wheatear stitch and the zig zag chain stitch.  All of these stitches as well as many others can be found at the Hand Embroidery Network.  I also had to get creative with the division of the colors.  I accidentally used a permanent fabric marker to draw my lines on the fabric.  To hide the lines, I did a serpentine stitch (not sure that is the technical name) using both of the colors that meet in each section of the color wheel.  If you look closely, you will see the backstitching in the red with the purple weaving in and out.

As I've mentioned before, this is  FUN!!!!!   My original plan was to take the large hoop project on the trip, but we were tight on space so had to settle on just taking the little one.  I am itching to work on the large one but will probably have to wait until after the holidays.

Have an amazing day!!!!


  1. Great Job! Isn't it wonderful to have a portable project? I'm so ready to get back in my sewing room, hopefully I'll have some spare time today.

  2. It looks amazing Rene!! I love your "make it work" attitude:) So glad you had a fun and creative weekend with your family!

  3. Looks finished soo quickly!!!

  4. that is GORGEOUS!! I love, love, love it.And the stitch between the colours really looks good. You may have done it by accident but I think I'll try it on purpose...once all the other stuff is done unfortunately. I'm not even going to start it because I know I won't want to work on anything else! Though I do need to figure out a few of the stitches first, HEN is awesome for it but some I think I'll need to see before I really get.

  5. Love it! What a neat idea. You could have it framed to hang on a wall...perhaps in a sewing room...

  6. Rene,

    Wow! REALLY turned out great!

  7. Just amazing! You did a great job. My suggestion? Can you do Dresden plate templates to match and have a pillow or very cool wall hanging?


  8. So very productive. It looks great. I cannot sew in the car. We regularly visit my parents which is anywhere from 5-6 hours of driving time. My hubby and I share the driving. If I am not driving I am keeping my 4 year old occupied. He loves playing i-spy. In some ways we are lucky as there is heaps of roadworks so there is lots of diggers to look at.