Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Little Embroidery

“Scissors Stitched”
by Susan Brubaker Knapp
4-3/4" x 7-1/4"
I just finished this little embroidery piece tonight. It is going to the person – Jane Prater – who uploaded the 10,000th photo on The Sketchbook Challenge’s Flickr group. Many of the other artists hosting the Challenge are also contributing wonderful goodies to celebrate. Jane just happens to be from Charlotte, down the road a bit from me! It will go in the mail to her on Monday.

For this piece, I started with a piece of fabric I hand-dyed. First, I sketched a pair of scissors on it, using a mechanical quilters' chalk pencil. Then I put a piece of Pellon 910 – my favorite stabilizer! – behind it, and stitched away, using hand-dyed perle cotton. I stitched this piece during my daughter’s soccer game warm-up, half time and (extremely long) coach’s talk after the game last weekend. 

I fused it to a piece of Pellon 72F Double-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer that was in my Mom’s stash that I inherited. It’s the first time I’d used it, and I really like this stuff. It’s perfect for postcards and ATCs (artist's trading cards), and I think it would be great for small art quilts, too. I free-motion quilted only around the scissors on this piece.


  1. Wonderful piece and stitching. I use pellon too, I like the thicker for machine quilting, nice as a stabilizer. I have others that I can try, so it will be fun seeing which ones i like the best.


  2. You know I'm a "love hand work" kind of gal! This is great!!!! Love it and I'm sure Jane will be thrilled with it as well!

  3. Jane is beyond thrilled. The photo doesn't do it justice. The colors literally vibrate. Susan has been so extra generous to share the how of the piece, now if only I could channel her artistic eye, . . .


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