A finished blanket!
It is finished! I have to say, there was a certain degree of relief knowing the mountain of French knots had finally come to an end! And when I say ‘finished’, that isn’t entirely correct, as it still needs to be backed. But the embroidery is done. I’m not overly confident at the sewing machine, and since I have another baby blanket to make up (one which will be much quicker), I’ve decided to do them both at the same time.
After putting in the last few French knots and one more happy face, a decision needed to be made on the ‘garden’ or ‘field’ these little guys are sitting in. After looking at them all completed, I decided on a whimsical, very simple approach – nothing fancy. A few lazy daisies in some different colours, and some very simple ‘tuffs’ of grass.
And the final touches were a few little bees buzzing overhead. I finished these off with a bullion knot for their body, with a couple of straight stitches for the stripes, long armed French knots for the antennas, and a couple of chain stitches for their wings. I was going to get all complicated and change the colour of the wings, but I decided the one colour for all these parts of the bees would be fine!
To decide if I should or shouldn’t put a stem stitch border around the whole blanket, I got my backing ‘sheep fabric’ out, and laid it all out with a (very) rough overlay of the fabric. And the decision was made that I didn’t need to do a border – it had enough going on.
And there we have it, three cute little sheep in a sweet garden!