On Pins and Needles

So close to finished!

After finishing the stitching on the cats (yay!) I wet-blocked them to get rid of some of the wibbly bits where the stitching had distorted the ground fabric. I washed the piece with Soak no-rinse wash and then rolled it in a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Then, I pinned the heck out of it, making sure that it fit the dimensions of the pillow form (18″ by 18″) and that the edges were more or less straight.

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Seed Stitch Variations

catsClosing in on the finish!

I mentioned before that I haven’t used much seed stitch before. I added it to another panel here and it was fun to work. I tried varying the stitch a little just to see what different effects I could get. The results were fun (though I doubt anyone but me is ever going to notice in person!)

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Interlaced Double Running Stitch

This probably falls in the annals of me missing the obvious, but I’m putting it here for future reference so at least I won’t miss the obvious twice, and also noting this method of rounding the corners. When I started adding the interlaced running stitch border to the carnation needle book, it looked wrong. After some experimentation I got it looking right. It all came down to which way the needle was pointing.

To make this stitch, you start with two parallel lines of running stitch:

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