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Hi! I’m Jenelle and I share my projects and my love for all things fabric/thread related over at Echinops & Aster. I’m so excited to be posting here today and sharing a little bit of my hand stitched work with you! When Jennie and Clara asked me to guest post for a series they would be hosting that was all about hand stitching, I couldn’t say no. One of my favorite aspects of sewing is finding ways to incorporate hand work into the process.
My first quilt really started this process for me. I actually made this quilt with Jennie and Clara during their Embroidery 101 Stitch Along in 2011. After finishing the top, with each of the embroidered blocks, I knew that I wanted to keep quilting and also start experimenting more with different ways to bring embroidery into my sewn projects.
Fast forward a couple years later, and I’m now designing embroidery patterns. I often like to feature my designs next to traditional piecing in my machine sewn projects (like the owl pillow below).
I love to see how embroidery can help tie together fabrics, provide a focal point, and add a little extra texture and beauty to a project. It also lends a sort of instant “heirloom” quality to whatever you’re making, as the time and care that goes into hand work can really be read in each stitch.
Another thing that I really love about hand sewing is the portability of it. My hand sewing kit gets a lot of mileage! I made mine using an excellent tutorial by Amy at Lots of Pink Here. Since I enjoy working with lots of different techniques–from English Paper Piecing to Embroidery to Applique–this kit, paired with a zipper pouch, is really all I need to take my work with me anywhere. I can swap in and out supplies and tools as needed, and everything stays-put (which is important when transporting needles and sharp pins!). 😉
This past spring I decided to host my first stitch along and dedicate it to hand sewing. I designed a sampler, which I called the Honeycomb Pillow, using Kate Spain’s Honey, Honey collection as my inspiration. This project includes a whole host of hand sewing techniques, each of which are paired with tutorials and resources to help demonstrate and teach these fun sewing skills, even to a beginner.
I had a dedicated group of fantastic ladies who stitched along with me and it was awesome to see the projects coming together, each reflecting the personality and skill of the individual stitcher. I learned a lot in making my own pillow and felt extremely proud to also see others picking-up new skills and growing their sewing repertoire.
The Honeycomb Pillow pattern and each of the skill tutorials can be found here, on my blog, in case anyone is interested in exploring their own sampler pillow project. Thanks again to Jennie and Clara for inviting me over today and happy stitching!