Photo courtesy of The Quilting Company
Late last year, I was excited to work on a stitching project based on a pattern by Tula Pink that was going to be included in her new embroidery book, Coloring with Thread: Stitching a Whimsical World with Hand Embroidery.
Check out that center Octopus hoop in the picture up there (maybe, just maybe, it was stitched by yours truly!)
If you love Tula Pink’s fabric, then, no doubt, you will be excited to get your hands on a book full of her embroidery patterns!
When I was asked to stitch up another pattern from her book as part of the Coloring with Thread blog tour, I couldn’t wait to try Boho-ing up one of her designs: the Double Bunny.
I feel like I need to add this disclaimer before going any further: for my sanity (and yours!), I highly recommend enlarging your chosen patterns before you try this method for yourself. Seriously. Tula Pink designs are gorgeously intricate but cutting so many teeny, tiny fabric pieces might just be enough to push the most patient of fussy cutters to the brink of frustration!
I began with enlarging the Double Bunny pattern.
Enlarging a pattern is incredibly easy if you have an office supply store nearby. Take your pattern in and ask them to make an engineering print in whatever size you need. I enlarged the Double Bunny pattern to 14″ and it fits perfectly in a 14″ hoop.
Once I had my copy of the pattern, I used the techniques outlined in my book, Boho Embroidery to transfer the pattern to a selection of my favorite Tula Pink fabrics.
Here’s what I ended up with once I ironed all of the fabric pieces in place.
Using Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails yarns and the Stem Stitch, I outlined all of the pieces. You can see what a difference it makes when each piece has been outlined:
And then I just kept on embroidering! I added sequins and beads and finished it up just in the nick of time so that I could share it with all of you! Here’s how it looks all stitched up:
And how about some up close and personal detail shots, because it’s all about the details!
The sequins make these feel like Disco Bunnies, don’t they?!
And there you have it!
If you want to try your hand at an embroidery project like this, here are the specialty Threads and beads that I used:
This yarn is really fun to embroider with….I mean, check out those colors! You can find these “Unicorn Tails” at Mad Tosh.
If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you already know how much I love the Eleganza Perle Cotton from Sue Spargo and Wonderfil Specialty Threads! I used the size #8 and in some cases doubled it up so that my stitches stood out next to the Unicorn Tails. I could have just used a size #5 or #3, which are both thicker, except I was gifted this box of threads and the colors matched perfectly!
Another one of my favorite threads (especially to use when working with beads and sequins) is Sulky Petites. These threads are approximately the weight of 2-strands of a floss like DMC that gets separated, except you can use these right off the spool without separating strands.
And speaking of beads, my favorite seed bead source is Fusion Beads. (How about that neon pink?!) I used size 8 seed beads for this project.
And if all of this seems completely overwhelming and you just want to stitch a pattern, look how completely different this project can be if it is simply embroidered using the Tula Pink color guides and her pattern from the book!
photo courtesy of The Quilting Company and stitched by Elise Baek
Please be sure to check out all of the other amazing embroidery projects on this Book Showcase!
Here’s the full schedule:
Monday, November 27th — The Quilting Company
Tuesday, November 28th — Minki Kim, Minki’s Worktable
Wednesday, November 29th — Nichole Vogelsinger, Wildboho
Thursday, November 30th — Amanda Carestio, Sew Daily
Friday, December 1st — Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design
Monday, December 4th — Sharon Burgess, Lilabelle Lane Creations
Tuesday, December 5th — Cindy Guch, Raspberry Sunshine
Wednesday, December 6th — Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Crafty Planner
Thursday, December 7th — Wynn Tann, zakkaArt
Friday, December 8th — Elise Baek, Elise & Emelie
Monday, December 11th — Ann Blalock, Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets
Tuesday, December 12th — Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness * Watch the Facebook Live video at 7pm CST
Wednesday, December 13th — Nancy Jewell, Free Spirit Fabrics
Thursday, December 14th —Annette Allison Millard, The Sewful Life
Friday, December 15th — Brenna Riley Gates, The Quilting Company