Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wendy's Treehouse

Here's my treehouse Bettyninja. Come on over and visit for a bit. You realize this challenge only encouraged my obsession with embroidering these blocks, don't you? I think the amount of handwork in this one may have cured me though.

I'm not at all comfortable with needle turn hand applique, so I decided to fuse the pieces. It worked well for my purposes, but I hope the piece isn't too stiff. I'm hoping with washing it'll soften up for you.

What I loved about this block was how free I could be with the design since I'd be fusing all the elements rather than having to figure out how to piece them. I stuck with only the fabrics that were sent to me and was able to use each one in some way. I can only speak for myself, but I like having those limits. Without them, I think I'd never get started each month.

This block also turned into a little bit of a needlework sampler. While blanket stitching predominates the entire piece, if you look closely you'll find french knots, back stitch, crazy daisy, stem and satin stitches. It's one of the smallest parts of the block, but I'm most pleased with the doorknob. Satin stitching and I haven't always gotten along in the past. If the month hadn't been up, I think I could have kept going - split stitch for bark lines on the tree, wood graining on the wood rungs...

It was time to stop though, because I already had a new package of fabric in my mailbox.

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abcgirl said...

very cute! great mailbox. i love how everyone has created different shaped leaves (or lack of leaves) on their trees.

jacquie said...

totally are an embroidery wizard!

Meagan said...

This is beautiful work! The embroidery is inspiring. Or would be if I was adventurous enough :)

bettyninja said...

I love it! Thanks for putting so much work into it. It looks great. I love your careful attention to details and how complex it looks. Great!