Coloring with Thread book showcase
Happy December friends!
I can’t believe we’re only 17 days away from Christmas, eeeeek!!! I am behind on Christmas sewing (as usual) but so happy to have you drop by, because today is my turn on the Coloring with Thread book showcase and I am super excited to share my project with you.
I actually made this embroidery project about a year ago (gasp, time sure flies!) and got it back recently from The Quilting Company. It sure was surreal to see it as the first project in Tula Pink’s book and when I saw the preview photos on Amazon (you know how you can flip through a few sample pages on certain books) it was extra exciting to see it live. If you haven’t seen the cover of the book yet, here it is. Such beautiful projects on the cover page too!
I had initially planned to make my embroidery project into a cushion cover, and I might still do it, but sometimes life throws them wonderful curve balls and you just gotta make the best of what little time you have! If you didn’t know, I just moved in a rush over the Thanksgiving holiday and I am currently still living out of boxes. Unpacking is going to take a few months and that’s to be expected right? I did hold onto my box of Tula fabrics and this embroidery for dear life so I could work on it here and there, whenever I’d have some free time. EPP (English Paper Piecing ) was naturally my go to choice since it’s so portable and you don’t need to depend on a sewing machine. (EPP is excellent for waiting rooms too)
My project went from round to square to round again, and ultimately I decided to use a foundation paper piecing template from Carl Hentsch’s book New York Beauties & Flying Geese. I printed the foundation paper piecing templates on card stock and cut them out to use as templates for English Paper piecing.
I laid out my stash of Tula pink fabric and decided to go with a few prints from the Slow and Steady collection because the prints and colors really went well with the main embroidery. Plus, can’t say no to funky stripes!
Slow and steady – perfect name because that was how this project took shape so it has a double meaning for me. With the moving chaos, lots of hospital visits, very little free time and feeling like I was losing control of my self imposed schedule of starting a project and finishing it, this made me feel like I accomplished something little everyday by working on it. So it truly became a down the rabbit hole kind of embroidery and EPP hoop art. I am thinking maybe this is actually better than a cushion cover because I wouldn’t want anybody to touch the embroidery! Hands off!
I loved working on this embroidery last year and combining it with Tula Pink’s fabric this year has made me love it even more. Plus EPP, what’s not to love right? The curves were really easy since they aren’t very curvy and appliqueing the EPP circles to the background fabric was fairly quick with superior thread.
For those that are curious to know, this is a 18″ hoop. I think it’s easier to see the size of it here next to the tree. It’s my first time working on a big hoop like this one and I’ll confess, it was fun and I’m already thinking of another project or two in this size or bigger.
I love how you always discover something new when looking at Tula’s designs, and that was what I was hoping to achieve with my embroidery stitch choices. At first glance you don’t notice the bunnies, but when you look carefully, hoppity hop, there they are!
Is it making you dizzy yet? 🙂
Looks right at home on this huge aloe. (maybe it’s some other type of cactus, but I was told its aloe)
Now I’m going to go and plot my next project from the book, which is available at The Quilting Company site here.
I hope you’ve been inspired to make something from this beautiful book as well and I am looking forward to seeing all the other makes from the other bloggers. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and if you’d like to stay in touch, make sure to subscribe below!
If you’re just now finding out about the book showcase, here is the full schedule so you can check out the other posts!
Monday, November 27th — Jodi Butler, The Quilting Company
Tuesday, November 28th — Minki Kim, Minki’s Worktable
Wednesday, November 29th — Nichole Vogelsinger, Wildboho
Thursday, November 30th — Amanda Carestio, Sew Daily
Friday, December 1st — Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design
Tuesday, December 5th — Cindy Guch, Raspberry Sunshine
Wednesday, December 6th — Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Crafty Planner
Thursday, December 7th — Wynn Tann, zakkaArt
Friday, December 8th — Elise Baek, Elise & Emelie (you’re here!!)
Monday, December 11th — Ann Blalock, Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets
Tuesday, December 12th — Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, December 13th — Nancy Jewell, Free Spirit Fabrics
Thursday, December 14th —Annette Allison Millard, The Sewful Life
Friday, December 15th — Brenna Riley Gates, The Quilting Company