Hand-stitched heaven

Nothing at all ominous about my sudden silence 🙂

Quite to the contrary. I’ve been labouring away at some lovely hand-stitching. Carla at Granny Maud’s Girl has designed an EPP pattern for a beautiful cushion (pillow) cover, and asked if I’d look it over to assess the instructions. I loved it so much I had to actually make it up! I dearly love a bit of EPP, and normally I do it in a leisurely and intermittent fashion.

This was different, since I wanted to give Carla feedback as quickly as possible, so she can finalise the pattern. It isn’t launched yet, so I’m not showing you the whole thing, but this should give you an idea.

Now I just have to add batting and a backing and I can quilt it. After that, I’ll assemble the cushion, and it will go to my sister to join the Bonnard quilt I’m making for her – I’m sure you recognised the scraps!

If you love this as much as I do, hop over to Carla’s blog and maybe leave her a comment or drop her an email to express interest. She hasn’t posted it yet, but I’m sure she will soon.

I’m sure some interest will help her get it finished 🙂


33 thoughts on “Hand-stitched heaven

  1. tialys says:

    I love those batiks and it’s nice seeing them in close up. The pattern looks lovely – I popped over to have a look on Carla’s blog, couldn’t see any mention of this but have followed her anyway – she makes the kind of things I love.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, that’s right, she hasn’t published it, so you won’t see it yet, but she’s given me the go ahead to post about my test version. She’ll probably post about it herself, showing the whole thing, when the pattern’s finished.

  2. Looks fascinating. I made hand-stitched patchwork like this in the 70s, sadly I don’t have any of it now, I gave most of it as presents and some went to charity shops during a house move as it did not fit with the new house. It’s all very well this decluttering but ……..

    • katechiconi says:

      I suppose we simply can’t keep everything we make or we’d very soon become certified hoarders. I know there are a few things I wish I’d kept, but things given also give me pleasure. It’s a very pretty pattern, and well-written and easy to follow, so lots of fun to make 🙂

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Looks so pretty. I shall go and have a look.

  4. craftycreeky says:

    Looks gorgeous, I love the fabrics, it will look wonderful with the quilt.

  5. claire93 says:

    gorgeous fabrics and lovely hand-piecing ^^

  6. You have made her design look beautiful! How nice of you to help:). I’m heading over to check it out on Carla’s Blog.❤️

  7. magpiesue says:

    Your sentiments about EPP mirrors how I feel about bead embroidery/embellishment. I haven’t done any in such a long time (or so it seems). Been thinking about it lately though, I’m sure spurred on by my embroidery efforts of late. 🙂

  8. and EPP means…….? I could come up with a few semi-intelligent guesses but I’d prefer to be correct 🙂

  9. kathyreeves says:

    I love the batiks, makes for a modern twist! I will be watching for Carla’s pattern, it looks like a marvelous project, and I would love to do another small EPP. This will look wonderful with Bonnard!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think so too! It picks up all the pale colours from the outside edges. I’m hoping I’ll have enough of the backing fabric from the quilt to make the cushion back too – I think I will…

  10. Lynda says:

    Loving those batiks and I now have quite a few scraps to get me started. Will you post the completion when you are done? I hope!

  11. It’s gorgeous!!!! I do love the batiks.

  12. I am glad you had fun making this, Kate.
    My cushion is made and sneak peeks of it are on Instagram. I’ll do the big reveal when I get a last few pesky details on the pattern tidied up. Nearly there!

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