Friday, September 27, 2013

Embroidered Bag and Pincushion

I was a guest poster over at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts on September 16 where I showed these items that I hand embroidered and I wanted to also post this on my blog in case some of you missed that posting at Jane's blog. I found this design that I had wanted to embroider and I colored it first using crayons and then did the embroidery. Then I made the embroidery into a zippered bag.

Some things that I do when I embroider by hand is to iron a fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric before I start the embroidery. Whisper Weft is a good one to use, but if I don't have any on hand I will use any light weight fusible interfacing. This helps to both stabilize the fabric while stitching and helps to hide the threads. I personally do not use an embroidery hoop.

Here is my embroidered zippered bag~
I actually chose the border and backing fabric for this bag after I did the embroidery. I found a small piece of this fabric in my pile of pink fabrics and it was just the perfect choice not only because of the colors, but the flowers in the embroidery look a lot like the flowers in the print fabric. 
I quilted the bag too.
Back of the bag. I love how this fabric goes so well with the embroidery.
Closer look.
I had leftover Presencia thread, so I decided to embroider the stacking teacups design. Instead of coloring with crayons, this time I used watercolor pencils to color the teacups before I did the embroidery. I used a little water on a paintbrush and then dabbed the paintbrush on the pencil and painted it on the fabric. I added a fabric border and then decided to turn this into a large pincushion. I filled the pincushion with crushed walnut shells to weigh it down and keep it in place. 
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  1. I saw the original post on Jane's blog but wanted to come over an leave a comment here for you also because you work deserves a comment. Beautiful work as usual Daryl.

  2. You did a wonderful job on your embroidery and coloring. I love too, how you put it into a pouch bag. So pretty.

  3. Exquisite! I've been thinking next year I should pull out my cross stitch UFOs and start working them into useful objects like this... thanks so much for the inspiration.

  4. That is the prettiest thing I've seen in a long time! I love southwestern designs, and you did a wonderful job.

  5. Fabulous embroidery and design. The fabric you have paired it with is perfect. Fun little zippered pouch. Blissful Creative Stitching...

  6. Dear Daryl,
    I had to leave you a comment on the wonderful embroidered bag. Its just lovely.

  7. I love your hand embroidered bag and pincushion. My mother embroidered for many years. You do beautiful work. Come for a visit to my blog and see some my Mother's embroidered quilts. I am a new follower from

  8. Hello Daryl:) I hope you had a fantastic weekend:) Your embroidery is Beautiful Daryl and you know I'm a big fan of your work:) If you leaved close to me I would take one of your classes in a heart beat:) Have a great evening and week!!

  9. Hi Daryl I always enjoy seeing what you have been up too. great embroidery.
    I am also seeing if I have that little problem of being a no reply commenter fixed....... I bit the bullet as they say ....fingers crossed
    in stitches

  10. Your pouch is so pretty! The embroidery is just beautiful!


  11. Such detailed embroidery, Daryl, even down to the hair plaits... BEAUTIFUL!!!

  12. You could not have done that embroidery to go with the fabric any better! What a lucky accident. The fabric is perfect and the embroidery is lovely. It looks like what I have seen on fine handkerchiefs. Beautiful job!

  13. Great needle work! It's really really beautiful!!!

  14. You are good at EVERYTHING!!! And I mean that as the best of compliments!!!


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