As promised, here’s the rest of the embroidery project I started last Saturday.
This is an embroidered prayerbook cover I made for my niece for her First Communion, which she made on Sunday. I also posted the pattern for the embroidery, if you are interested in adding it to your pattern collection.
The bud is worked in a light and medium coral-pink. I used silk (Soie d’Alger by Au Ver a Soie) for all the embroidery, with the exception of a little bit of Gilt Sylke Twist around the cross and on the crown.
The flower is worked in three shades of purple, in long and short stitch, with French knots for the centers. (Emma picked out the general colors, by the way. “I think the flower should definitely be…. PURPLE!”)
Three shades of green were used on the leaves, also worked in long and short stitch.
The date is worked in tiny stem stitch – it’s smaller than it looks here. The largest letters are about half an inch high. In order to keep your stem stitches looking neat on text this small, you need to make very small stitches, and it really helps to use a laying tool to hold the thread up and ease it in place, especially when working tricky spots like tight corners.
Here’s the finished, assembled cover. It’s assembled just exactly like your typical text-book covering technique: folding the long sides in, then the short sides, and slipping the cover into the sleeve that’s formed. Then I used white thread to stitch the edges together, so that it fit snug on the book.
I was going to make a hand-made twisted cord out of matching floss, but I didn’t have enough floss, and it was too soft, anyway. I was afraid a loop of the cord might get snagged, with would pull the whole thing out of whack. So instead, I used buttonhole stitch all the way across the top, creating a kind of stem-stitch looking line right on the outside edge.
At first, I thought buttonhole would look a bit casual, but I like the look of it. You can see the sewing on the flap. Not … so … neat!
And the little kiddo herself (minus her head – gosh, I wonder what I was focusing on?), in her hand-embroidered First Communion dress. Speaking of floche (well, we were a few days ago, weren’t we?) the embroidery on this dress is worked in floche, with little pearls as accents. The dress has been used now by 5 girls in the family over 16 years – it’s just as beautiful as ever, and the embroidery is flawless! Here are some close-ups of the dress and the embroidery on it.
So, there it is. Success. Now, onto other projects…. as soon as I catch up on incidentals! It’s amazing how much can slip when we get engrossed in an embroidery project, isn’t it?!