I finished the wedding pillow for Alison and Joe!
Remember the table runners and ring pillow I made for Erin and John Paul's wedding? The coral and white fabric is from Sis Boom and Jennifer Paganelli. I still love it so - especially with that jumbo rickrack trim. (There are more of this motto sampler design in the shop now.)
A few notes about stitching these samplers up.
* I generally use perle cotton size 8 and randomly pull colors from my stash as I work. (As you can see, this one was simply white thread.) I experiment with stitches old and new depending on my sense of adventure. Love the short back stitch!
* The printed designs do not wash away. The lines may show a little after stitching, but that thread weight covers them pretty well.
* Also - I really recommend that before stitching you cut a slightly larger piece of muslin or cotton and use that as a second layer to stitch through. It hides the backwork and also makes for a sturdier finished piece. And if the margins around the design are a little tight for your hoop needs, it helps to stabilize the design and make it a little bigger all around.
Although I haven't seen it yet, the new issue of Mollie Makes has a feature about my Josie's Garden sampler design. I'm so excited and flattered to be included! On their site just now to grab a link- oh, my goodness- they made the cutest ever promo video!!