Sheep Baby blanket update – and the lambs are appearing!

by | Jun 4, 2017 | Wool embroidered blankets | 56 comments

An update on my Progress of the Sheep Baby Blanket, being encouraged by the participants of the SAL, arranged by the lovely Avis of Sewing Beside the Sea

Looking back to where we last were!

Developing a sheep's wool using French knots

Last time we checked in with our three weekly SAL, I was making slow progress on the first lamb. Not a great deal of progress had been made on the little lamb from the previous checkin, but as a few of you commented, all progress is good progress!

After three weeks of stitching

The baby blanket is coming along nicely. Head over to hillviewembroidery.com for the progress update!

Now this may come as somewhat of a surprise, but I have actually been stitching on this project these past few weeks!

With the canvaswork piece coming close to finishing, and the silk shading piece for the RSN Certificate still very much in the early/I need help stages, I have had a bit more time to stitch something other than RSN pieces. I’ve also found myself wanting to sit and stitch in a more ‘lazy’ position on the couch of an evening, rather than sitting at the slate frame. So this has been my go to project of an evening. It may also have helped that my hubby said something about ‘is this ever going to be finished’ when he was cleaning one day!

The first little lamb is now all finished, complete with a happy face!

Baby lamb embroidered using French knots on a baby blanket

And the second lamb is coming along nicely.

I’m having a few troubles with the colours, as I’m slowly running out of the threads I thought I would be able to finish both lambs in. So I am trying to work each thread combination around the lamb, and then I am going to have to just fill in the gaps with whatever I have left! Which at the moment is looking like a combination of a sandy colour and an off-white colour.

I’m also starting to think ahead to what to do after the sheep are all finished to ‘finish’ off the blanket. I’m currently thinking some brightly coloured ‘lazy daisy’ flowers, with maybe a couple of bees buzzing around too. For some grass I’m thinking just some simple long straight stitches. I will then need to decide if I should put in a stem stitch border around the whole blanket to ‘frame’ it. At the moment I’m leaning towards not doing this, and just using some mini piping when I back it, but I will make that decision when the rest is complete! Do you have any ideas on either the ‘garden’ or the border idea?

A Work in Progress shot of a lamb being worked in French knots on a baby blanket

Join the others!

Do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always a great array of different projects going along, and it’s great to see everyone’s progress each three weeks.
Avis
,ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

See you in three weeks for the next update on this blanket – you never know – it might actually be finished!

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56 Comments

  1. Margaret Creek

    Wow! You have been busy!! Love the texture you’ve created with the french knots.

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    • Catherine

      I’m actually amazed at how quickly it’s coming along now! Maybe I’m finally getting some speed up with all that practise!

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  2. Kathy

    I love these lambs…so cute and cuddly! Some grass and flowers will be a perfect way to finish them off. As for the border, I can’t help but visualize a simple crochet border around the edge, but I don’t know if you even do crochet? I’n my mind’s eye I see something done in cotton, the same heft as a doily, maybe in a color that would pick up on the grass or the flowers…something that won’t look dirty when it drags on the floor, because I think this will be one of those blankets that go everywhere for about 4 years!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathy. I’m pleased how they are turning out after all this time of being a work in progress! I finally have the ambition to finish it off! Alas, I cannot crochet to save myself! I am a dreadful knitter, and for whatever reason, when I had the chance to learn how to crochet from my grandmother I never took it up. I have some lovely sheep fabric that I’m planning on backing it with, I just need to work out the details on how I finish it off. I do like the idea of crocheting something simple – I wonder how long it would take to learn? I have made these types of blankets for my nieces and nephews before, and my sister has great trouble washing them, she has to put them in a cage while they dry so the boys don’t drag them around whilst wet!

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  3. Deborah Quartz

    I love your sheep and lambs, they are so sweet. I love the idea of bees and lazy daisy and simple straight stitch for the grass. I look forward to seeing your finished blanket.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Deborah – I can’t believe I’m finally thinking about the finishing touches!

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  4. Cindy

    This is so cute. Can’t wait to see more.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Cindy. I’m looking forward to seeing it all finished up too!

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  5. Sarah

    This is so cute! I’m loving seeing your progress.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Sarah – it’s good to see some actual progress being made on this at last! I really had stalled on it for a while there.

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  6. Avis

    Nice to see the extras growing 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Avis. I’m certainly enjoying seeing them come along at last!

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  7. Christina

    Yes, you’ve definitely been stitching the entire 3 weeks! That is some great progress 😀 I like the garden idea! Looking forward to seeing that grow. Are those drawn horns on the sheep? Will you be stitching those?

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Christina! I’m enjoying seeing the sheep come along at last. I actually feel like progress is finally being made! The horns are drawn in, but im not sure I’ll stitch them. Im quite liking them without their horns.

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      • Christina

        But i googled “sheep with horns”, LOL, and that would be so cute!! How about horns on the mama sheep only? Either way, it’s lovely 🙂

      • Catherine

        I’ve seen a few cute sheep with horns too! I haven’t completely ruled it out, I’ll see what it looks like with three faces to start with!

  8. CathieJ

    I love the texture all of those French Knots give those adorable sheep. I can’t wait to see your finishing touches.

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    • Catherine

      I’m quite impressed at how effective the French Knots have been! They feel great on the blanket too. Hopefully the finishing touches will be seen next time!

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  9. Cathy

    Utterly adaorable and very well executed.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Cathy, that is lovely to hear you say that!

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  10. Ginny

    I love French knots. So cute. i thought you had sewn on hundreds of beads at first.

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    • Catherine

      No beads on this, just an unknown number of French Knots! It’s a good thing I love them too!

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  11. Rachel

    Stem stitch curves nicely for grasses, and you could give them a few seedheads with wheatear stitch and a few french knots.

    When I’ve done a blanket, I turned it under, and edged it, rather unimaginatively, with blanket stitch in a thread to match the blanket. Then attached the lining/backing to the inside edge of the turned-in edges.

    But, essentially, you have endless possibilities!

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    • Catherine

      Great idea about the stem stitch for grass! I’m also contemplating woven picots for a different type of leaf/grass. I will see how I feel when I get to it! I’ve also used blanket stitch edging which is quite nice if you can get your stitches even! I’m thinking at the moment of two rounds of mini piping. But you are right, so many possibilities and I don’t want to get too ahead of myself- it is yet to be finished!

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  12. underatopazsky

    Sheep are definitely not all the same colour, so I wouldn’t worry about running out of thread. They are seriously cute though!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, I keep reminding myself that nature is rarely perfect! They are definitely a lot more cute than I expected them to be!

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  13. Magpie Sue

    This little family is looking good. I like the idea of putting them in a field with flowers.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Sue. I think it will finish it off nicely 😊

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  14. AUNTIE SHAN

    Personally, I think they’re CUTE enough AS IS! – Nothing wrong in just keeping it all “simple”… However, if you must add in something, just do a few blades of grass.
    Besides, as BABY BLANKET, it’s best that they have something CALMING to look at rather than an onslaught of “DETAILS” and COLOUR… They get enough of that when they’re awake!

    Anyhoo, a FABULOUS bit of LOTS of WORK!! – *LOVE* IT!!
    😀

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    • Catherine