Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Cute Project from Rachel Atienza
This is only a small tray cloth. I didn't want to start straight into a large table linen and this was ideal. I wasn't too keen on the bright hand embroidery around the edges to start with and thought it wouldn't be the end of the world if I made a complete mess of it. In the end I think the whole thing has really come alive and I'm very pleased with my first foray into this addictive technique.
I used various threads as you suggest for different areas of the work and used wool batting for the first time. I also invested in some of the Cherrywood fabric for the underlayment and like the fabric very much.
All the while I was working I kept thinking of the original maker, and how sad that this piece which had been made with such care, was unloved and just sold for pennies at a car-boot sale. I wish I knew who she was...I hope I have done justice to the maker, carefully stitching around her hand stitches as you suggest.