2009 being the International Year of the Destash, I have been trying to use my surplus crafty supplies instead of purchasing new stuff. This is harder than it sounds.
I’m trying to use up my loose thrifted embroidery threads:
by stitching up this gigantic Charley Harper piece, definitely the biggest thing I’ve ever embroidered:
This piece is also supposed to be a meditation/practice piece to improve my backstitch. I do not know how people get such perfectly even stitches. The piece is about 75% complete, but I must admit I was disappointed with the results.
Backstitch looks… homey. Cute. Rustic. Which isn’t really the feel that I was going for. Mary Corbet to save the day!
She runs the brilliant website Needle n’ Thread and recently had a post on whipped back stitch, which just looks so crisp and modern. Take a look.
So I gave it a try…
All hail Mary! She also introduced me to the wonders of padded satin stitch that I’ve been using to great effect on this piece, another WIP:
Enough about me, now here’s some kittehs!