Embroidery finishes

A deadline is always a good thing!

I needed to deliver some finished works yesterday afternoon so it was about time for me to convert some of my embroideries into mini quilts, suitable for hanging and display.

I wanted to try some of Wonderfil’s eight weight cotton Eleganza thread so where better than on one of my circle samplers? and a circle sampler needs circle quilting…

IMG_3442Some close-ups of those stitches left to right, feather stitch, crested chain stitch, pekinese stitch, buttonhole stitch with tete de boeuf at the bottom,IMG_3410stem stitch, running stitch, cross stitch, french knots, fly stitch and a few bullion stitches.IMG_3408

The Eleganza is lovely to work with but I find the color variations a little uniform compared with hand dyed threads. It’s available from Sue Spargo in three different weights and lots of lovely bright colors.

Next I finished two little Indian folk-art inspired designs.

I added teal borders to my peacock.

IMG_3428Here’s a close-up of all that chain stitch. There’s a little stem stitch and running stitch in there too.IMG_3435 The river crocodile was a little difficult to photograph.IMG_3419The close-up shows the background color much better. I used buttonhole stitch to fill in the crocodile’s back and added some beads for a little sparkle!IMG_3427Moving on to my Mola inspired designs.

The birds needed two borders.IMG_3437 Just chain stitch in hand-dyed #8 perle cotton from House of Embroidery.IMG_3440 And one last piece. I still can’t make up my mind which way up this one should go. What do you think?IMG_3414Those hand dyed threads look great on the yellow background.

So, where were my embroideries going?

The annual Fiber Art Divas show starts tomorrow in Naperville. My embroideries will be there, along with several larger quilts I finished this year and all sorts of other fiber pieces from my fellow Divas! It’s a great chance to get up close and personal with the art. I’m doing a machine quilting demo on Thursday 15th, 6 until 7, and an embroidery demo on Sunday afternoon during the reception. If you’re in town come by and say hello. I’ll have threads with me for sale and lots of tips to help you enjoy your stitching.


I hope I’ll see you there!



  1. Nancy Page said:

    These are amazing! Absolutely beautiful and so well done! Thank you for sharing.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

    October 13, 2015
  2. carol steavens said:

    I need to get BUSY!!!

    October 13, 2015
  3. Nancy said:

    Love your work. Are patterns available for any of your designs?

    October 13, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Nancy! The circle sampler is included in the kit for my embroidery classes. The other designs are inspired by books from Dover publishing.

      October 13, 2015
  4. Kara said:

    Absolutely fabulous. Great photos and lovely details. I love your colors and the beautiful stitches. Thank you, again, for sharing.

    October 14, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Kara!I love to use good quality threads.

      October 14, 2015
  5. Barbara Sandifer said:

    Catherine, your work is so gorgeous – outstanding! So wish I lived closer to Chicago!!!!

    October 14, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Barbara! I do travel?

      October 14, 2015

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