Monday, February 8, 2021

Squash Squad Wool Embroidery: On the Road to a Finish

In Early December 2020, I finished the embroidery for the Squash Squad nine week challenge with Sue Spargo.  Now, I'm on the road to finishing it. I have all the blocks on a black wool background with a three inch border around them. My first step is to stitch them onto the black background. Then a narrow braid / ribbon might be stitched along the seams to hide the edges. 

Hindsight is a wonderful thing! The blocks were cut at 5 1/2 inches. If I was doing this again, the blocks would have been at least six - six 1/2 inches square, to give enough for trimming them all to the same size. I didn't think about the fact that stitching sometimes distorts the shape just enough to skew some of the blocks. At least that's what happened to mine. In any case, there isn't enough fabric to stitch them together with a seam.

Have a look. I'm using what I have on hand. Which one to use . . .

The first one has silver lines on the ribbon so has a bit of sparkle.

This one has white dots on black.

Maybe I'll even do something else as I haven't considered a final binding yet. (I just thought about the binding).


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  1. Ah, hindsight - that which comes back to bite us all too often! If I had to choose it would be the dots.

  2. I can't decide but I think I like the dots :) I love this piece.

    1. Thanks. I like the piece too. It was a fun project. It will probably be the dots too.

  3. WOW! I wasn't impressed by the squashes at first but this is gorgeous!! Now I wish I had taken the plunge as well! Either edging is nice but I think I like the sparkly one.

    1. Thanks, Joyce. After doing the 90days, one inch circle sampler, I figured, why not do the second one too. Glad I did. I like all the different stitches used for this piece. My border will have couched vines and leaves.