Yesterday, I set up a grab-and-go embroidery project. “Grab and go” projects are those “quick” projects that can be taken anywhere or can be picked up for a few quick stitches when you’re on the go. I know this week is going to be hectic, like last week, and admittedly, I’m going nuts without simple and quick to work on.
At first, the whitework sampler was providing ok 15-minute stitching “fixes,” but the cutwork part is rather tedious, and since it’s the same stitch over and over and over again, it does get a bit on the boring side.
For grab-and-goes, I like color and simplicity! I also like cheap materials! If I’m working on this type of project in the car, in waiting rooms, or outside on the front porch, I don’t want to be using expensive linen and silk threads. So, cotton on cotton is great!
This particular Spring Towel is a flour sack towel to use as a basket liner for Easter. Flour sack towels make great liners for large baskets that you might serve bread in – or, in this case, that you might arrange Easter eggs and candy in. You embellish at least one corner (I think I’m going to do two on this one), and then you arrange the towel so that the decorative corner hangs over the edge of your basket. If you’re putting bread in a basket to serve a crowd, you would arrange the towel so that the decorative corner folds over the top of the bread.
Because it is likely that the towel will come in contact with food and will need to be washed, use colorfast threads (DMC or Anchor work great).
Here’s the corner. I’ve already started stitching. It’s a rough and chunky design, and fun to work. I’m not shooting for “perfection” here as much as just a fun, colorful corner. The design extends about 8 inches from each corner.
I transferred the design by tracing it with a regular pencil. All the lines will be covered – and if they’re not, that’s ok. They’ll wash out.
The embroidery pattern is mostly just a series of strange flowers and leaves. The design came from an old transfer I salvaged from some garage sale junque. I altered the design a bit to turn it into a corner pattern.
I was musing a bit over the colors – at first, I thought pretty pastels would be the thing for Spring, but they didn’t seem to go with the bold design. So instread, I picked out a selection of colors reminiscent of bright Easter baskets.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to do all the leaves in fishbone stitch. I just love this stitch! I was going to work with two shades of green, but I have a feeling I’ll reduce the whole project to as few colors as possible – just bright and bold. We’ll see…
This is also my first complete adventure using Q-snaps. I’m a hoop person, personally, but so many people rave about Q-snaps that I thought I should give them a try. I did try them briefly on a piece of linen a while ago, but … sheesh… no, I didn’t like that! Thinking I didn’t quite give them a fair trial, I decided to use them from start to finish on this project. I’ll let you know my thoughts once I’ve given them a fair run!
Now, the question is – should we place bets? I’d like to finish this and the opposite corner (same design) by Easter. Do you think I’ll get it done?