On Wednesday night, I attended the monthly meeting of the Trillium Embroidery Guild. This meeting was a project meeting where we stitched the tops of flowerpot pincushions. Our instructor was guild member and internationally known needlework designer Carol Arsenault. The project is featured in the Spring 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread and is pictured on the top right of the cover.
Carol distributed to each of us a piece of muslin, two needles, coordinating threads and a little flowerpot about 1.5" high.
First, we drew a circle, the circumference of the flowerpot, onto the fabric. Then, with the fabric stretched taut in the embroidery hoop, we filled in the circle with the perle and DMC embroidery threads using French knots and colonial knots until the entire circle is filled in.
I finished mine that night. I just need to trim the fabric, stuff the flowerpot and glue the 'flowers' just inside the rim. I could also attach a ribbon around the edge of the flowerpot.
On another stitching note, while I was in Funchal, Madeira last month, I found this needlepoint kit in the back of a souvenir shop. (It was neatly packaged)
The entire kit (which did not include a needle) cost only 8 Euros ($10.64)! We were so rushed, I didn't really have time to look through all of the kits, I just grabbed the smallest one I could find. Now I wish I had picked up several of them. I guess I'll just have to go back... someday.
I loved the fact that they were authentic as indicated by these tags.