I’m in Salt Lake City this week (more of that another day) but before I left I finished a series of three embroideries inspired by pottery from New Mexico.
It’s the same design stitched three ways!
The first one is a combination of chain stitch and simple running stitches on a dark grey background.
Here’s a close up. Even running stitch looks great in the bright variegated threads.
I used chain stitch and cross stitch for the next one, on a dark blue background this time.
Making each cross stitch individually really shows off the thread to its best advantage.
I chose a brown background for the third pot and a pale blue thread for the chain stitch, fly stitch, back stitch combination.
Filling in the shapes with chain stitch is a very traditional folk art stitching technique.All the pots were sewn on fabric from Free Spirit which worked very well without a hoop. I used 8 weight hand dyed perle cottons from House of Embroidery for the stitching. Once I finish the embroidery I press from the back with lots of steam which helps the threads sit so nicely on the fabrics.
All three pots will be set side by side in a quilt at some point this year. I think they will be very happy together!
I’ve drawn out some Mayan hieroglyph inspired images for my next project. Even more embroidery fun…