On Sunday I decided to dig in and work on a housewarming gift I've been thinking about making. In the grand scheme of things, not a very high priority task I know .... but fun and therapeutic. :)
On one of my earlier forays into local quilt shops (I _think_ the shop we visited in Shepherdstown, KY), I bought several different hand towels - some finished, some yardage. This one was pre-finished with a nice pleated edging. For some reason, I'm thinking nice bathroom finger towel so I decided to do my own version of an Urban Threads pattern I like.
Since I am severely limited in my pattern transfer means (no printer), Stephanie traced the design off the computer screen onto thin paper for me and then I cut out each element and traced around it onto the toweling with a fine-line permanent marker.
I used some of my new Crayola crayons to put layers of color onto the background fabric in roughly the areas for each embroidered shape (I think having the color flow outside the edges of each design adds liveliness to the finished picture:). I have not done much coloring with crayons onto fabric so this will be a good experiment in lastingness (is that a word?:) of the color. I ironed each color area with my small Clover iron very thoroughly to melt the crayon wax away and (hopefully) let the pigments penetrate the towel fibers.
I am using some of that lovely Cosmo embroidery floss to do this stitching - no wonder people like the stuff so much! The colors are luscious and the thread itself is smooth and easy to work with - easy to take apart into strands, slides through the fabric with each stitch and covers the lines very well. Yummy stuff!
As you can tell if you clicked through to see the original pattern, I have simplified the design quite a lot. This is, after all, going to be an item to be used. :) Even so, I have managed whipped backstitch, fly stitch, and Algerian eye stitch in the bit shown above. I moved into herringbone with ties for the banner but I'm not sure I will leave it - might cut it out and go back to the lettered banner as in the original pattern.
I apologize for the out-of-focus photo here - it was pretty dark in the living room when I snapped this last night to show what I had done. Again, the dark green banner might come out, yet ... I am pondering whether to put the effort into cutting it out (carefully) or leaving it.
On other fronts, the weather had been very hot here and pretty humid ... the local thunderstorms we get just pump up the level of water in the air. :P Stephanie was here for three days last week helping me start cleaning out our storage shed and packing. I took her home on Friday to spend the weekend with her hubby and picked her up again today.
Jeff is comfortably settled into the acute care ward of Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and seems to be still slowly improving his breathing. His kidneys are starting to suffer from the extreme effort to get excess fluid out of his tissues, though. Sigh.
This week - more packing ... and maybe cool evenings to finish my embroidery (fingers crossed)?