When I showed you this Christmas break project the other day, you might recall that I mentioned a couple times that I was glad – very glad! – that I didn’t choose a pink or coral-to-red color scheme for them.
I almost did choose a pinkish-coral-to-red color scheme. The corals were a better contrast against the gray background of the felted mittens, compared to the purples. But something in me just wanted to use those glorious purples!
And it’s a good thing.
A very good thing.
The result of the meandering chain stitch in a vermicelli-style approach looks way too much a cartoon brain.
If I had done this in pinks-to-reds, it would almost be a bit weird.
Ok, it’s already a bit weird, but it would have been really weird.
It would have looked like I intended the mittens to look like brains.
The choice of purple mitigates that, somewhat.
The meandering chain stitch goes all around the mitten, not just on the topside of the hand.
So far, this one part of this one mitten has eaten up 40 (yes, F O R T Y!) meters of wool.
Good grief!! What was I thinking?
Granted, I’m using two strands of wool in the needle at once (one strand was too fine – it got lost in the felt). But still, twenty linear meters of thread in that small space? That’s a lot.
So this particular method of embroidering definitely uses up a lot of thread. I wouldn’t advise it unless you have hanks of thread on hand, rather than just small 10 meter twists.
I like the look of the mittens so far, just for fun mittens. I suppose if I were a die-hard K-State fan, going to outdoor games, they’d be ideal. But I’m not. I’m just a gal who thought the purple would be nice to work with. I like them. I’m looking forward to finishing them.
I love seeing the embroidery up close against that felted background. It’s hard to believe that the background was once just a regular loose knit. It is so firm and compact and fully felted!
I have another pair of mittens I’ll be felting and embroidering shortly. It’s a much, much lighter gray that is almost a pale silvery (without being metallic) blue. My plan for those is to do something a bit more artistic and not quite as “lazy.” I’ve drawn up a folk pattern and I’ve drawn up a floral pattern. We’ll see which one wins! I suspect it may be the floral, since the background color is light and almost delicate.
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you next week with some tips and techniques and sneak peeks!