peacock cardigan

In the Embroidered Effects book Jenny Hart has this stitched on a yellow satin bomber jacket, but satin bomber jackets are a) hard to come by in my size, and b) not really my thing. So I stitched it on a very lightweight yellow cardigan.

It was tricky stitching on this material, because of course cardigans are always very stretchy. I had to be careful to pull each stitch tight enough so it wasn’t slack, but not so tight that the material puckered. I think I did a pretty good job, and it went faster than I’d thought it would.

Mostly I followed Jenny Hart’s color suggestions (and these colors are not true because for some reason the flash gave everything a weird purplish cast), but I wanted something with green in it for the tail feathers (she used dark gray), and I didn’t have any iris sequins so I used dark blue. Oh, and my beaks are orange–hers were dark yellow, but the cardigan was a darker yellow than her bomber jacket and I didn’t think dark yellow would show up.

For the eyes I used those little stick-on jewels with the adhesive base that you melt with a special tool; I’ve had that set for a year and never used it, and they were the right size so I figured hey why not.

The little squiggle underneath the heart is… I forget what you call that stitch; it’s not cording because that’s when the base is tacked down with the top stitches. It’s basically plain ol’ split stitch like the rest of the design (what can I say, I like the classics), but with a second color woven through it.

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mah jong embroidery transfers from sublime stitching

This is one of the transfers from the Embroidered Effects book. I wasn’t sure how well it would turn out, because the shirt is kind of stretchy, which might have led to slack stitches. But I think it actually worked in my favor, because cotton embroidery floss always shrinks a tetch.

A fun thing about this design is Jenny Hart re-arranged the lazy daisy stitch to create the lazy lotus.

I bought the kokeshi tea towel for my next project, I should get it this week. I also really want to try embroidering a lampshade, there’s a design in the book that I think would make a great one. And I have a great idea for sushi bar transfers: a cardigan. I’m percolating!