Starting on a New Project

By Darlene Sabo
on February 19, 2021

Starting on a New Project

Getting ready to start a new project. I pulled the colors I want to work with. Some threads, vintage lace, hand dyed cheesecloth.

Shadow Box Part 3

By Darlene Sabo
on January 09, 2021

Shadow Box Part 3

I did a bit more work on my shadow box. I decided not to do a blanket stitch on the edge, but a vey close overcast stitch instead. I added a few French knots along the stem. Now I will cover the box with this paper you see here...but not today.

PRIMROSES, Part 3

By Darlene Sabo
on November 12, 2019

PRIMROSES, Part 3

I pin and baste one flower in place at a time. My stitches are large, not neat. When  I pull out the basting, the fabric poufs up a bit, giving it more volume. I truly don't mind this extra step. To me it's all contemplative and definitely worth the effort.

I whip stitch one flower in place at a time; all 3 components, using 1 strand of matching floss or regular sewing thread. For the largest part of the flower I blanket stitch all around the outer edge with DMC 4508 with 3 strands. On the medium part  I embroider two rows of chain stitches.  The first row is on the edge of the grey wool and the second row is right next to it but on the larger flower wool. I used DMC 4515, three strands. I add random seed stitches in DMC 4515. I then stitch colonial knots all around the outer edge with DMC 4508, using all 6 strands. These are spaced about 3/16” apart. Around the center piece I stitched bullions, about every 3/8", using DMC 4508. And lastly, I add 3 black beads to the center.

 

FOREST DOLL; in Wool Appliqué

By Darlene Sabo
on March 22, 2019

FOREST DOLL; in Wool Appliqué

I'm proud to announce that my Forest doll is featured in the Spring issue of Simply Vintage magazine.This is a wonderful magazine that selects handcrafts made by folks all over the world. I just love this diversity and each issue is so inspiring.

My doll is wool appliqué and the pattern is free in this issue or one can purchase the more detailed version in our shop. A kit is also available which includes all the hand dyed wool needed to complete one doll.