When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is…
Simply Stitched is the new English translation of Yumiko Higuchi’s beautiful embroidery motifs and projects using a combination of wool and cotton thread. I’m so excited to be able to offer one of our readers a copy of Simply Stitched! To enter our giveaway, just leave a comment below and I’ll choose the winner on March 27th.
This book includes 20 flower and animal designs shown at 100% recommended size. This means no enlarging is required for any diagram. Instructions are detailed for all 14 projects, including several no-sew ideas and a stitch guide.
Some designs can be stitched in just one color which makes these projects ideal for home décor.
Using wool thread makes embroidering a large surface, such as a tote bag, a manageable weekend project. Two types of thread create a unique texture and dimension as thicker wool thread helps to quickly fill in a large design.
The project I’m making is the needle case. The original project uses the lovely Thistle motif, but I wanted to embroider the chicken instead.
The book gives us a diagram as well as extensive tool and material list which easily allows for little alterations, like I made.
Although there is no explicit direction in which you must stitch, I find that working from the center of the shape, outwards creates the most even result. Especially when you’re doing the satin stitch, or filling an odd shape.
I used this technique while stitching my rooster’s wattle.
I stitched at the center.
Then up one side and back to the center and finish the other side.
You can see a more detailed tutorial I wrote about this here.
The other change I wanted to make was the shape of the felt for the needles. I used pinking shears and a chain stitch to attach each felt pad. I did this part before I closed up the opening used to turn the project right side out, after sewing two pieces of fabric together.
Madeline spends her time somewhere around the Pacific Ocean attached to a needle & thread while practicing Japanese.
When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things at home in the Oregon countryside where she lives with four dogs, a pig and her human family.