I’m working my way through the sections of Rachel’s Handstitched Class.
While I don’t usually feel great about having several works-in-progress, having several hand stitching projects means there’s always something readily available to pick up and make a little progress on. “Progress” includes many, many mistakes, but for my learning style, that means that I’m learning a lot.
These Sashiko Coasters are part of the embroidery section.
For the hexie project, I’m making the hexie tree. The tree is on a tote bag in Rachel’s class, but I have so many totes. I thought a family tree wall hanging might be nice in the room that my little ones share. I don’t know if I’ll use a marker to write names or embroider initials, but I think it would be special to personalize it in some way.
I’m trying out a few background fabrics, and I’ll probably choose the crosshatch on the far left since it seems to compete the least with the prints in the hexies. And maybe not so many birds?
I’m modifying the project for appliqué. Instead of making a flower pillow cover, I’ll appliqué an airplane and some clouds onto a pillowcase for my little one. I’ll fuse the airplane and then add a running stitch around the edges to better define and keep them intact. I’ll sew-and-turn the clouds and use a blanket stitch to secure them. Lastly, I might move that cloud on the right down and add a needle turned pendant to trail the plane with my little one’s name.
I’m not sure what I’ll do for the hand quilting portion of the class, but that’s the last project requiring some decisions. Napkins? A whole cloth baby blanket? Maybe some placemats?