A little goodie I made for myself, for StitchMAP‘s November 2011 “Victorian Heart Pincushion” challenge.
I’d been itching to do a French Knot-heavy embroidery, but not one that would take months, and this “G” was the perfect opportunity to scratch that itch. It’s embroidered on a lime green quilter’s cotton (which photos lemon-lime-y, but in reality is quite green) — I’ve used the heck out of this lime-green fabric in recent months!
This was my first StitchMAP challenge, and I love the way their challenges are set up — rather than giving you the complete beginning-to-end instructions for a project in one fail swoop, they’re given piecemeal, to help nudge you along to actually completing the project. For example, for this project, the instructions came in three parts. After completing each of the first two parts, I sent in photos documenting my completion, and I received feedback about what I’d completed thus far, along with the next batch of instructions. Totally brilliant, IMO!
I learned how to do Ladder Stitch to close my seam after stuffing the heart, and how to use Loop Stitch for starting embroidery on an already-stuffed project (or any other project for which you can’t start the needle from the backside of the fabric). (Those links are both videos, by the way.)
Overall, I’m super happy with how this turned out, especially considering it required sewing, both machine-sewing and hand-sewing (to close the seam) — I really do love how the French-Knotted “G” turned out. My little nitpicks are: (a) I’ll replace the ribbon with a similar one that is much wider, so the project is more balanced scale-wise; (b) the bottom of the heart and the right “arm” need more stuffing, something to keep in mind next time I make one of these; and (c) my Feather Stitch along the seam is not as precise as I’d like. This was only my second time to do Feather Stitch, and stitching it on something stuffed, rounded, and squishable was a bit challenging for me — but I really like the stitch and plan to incorporate it into more of my embroidery projects.
Here’s where my pincushion lives now: