Sheep Baby Blanket update – and a finish!

by | Jun 25, 2017 | Stitch Alongs (SALs), Wool embroidered blankets | 53 comments

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

Looking back to where we last were!

Developing a sheep's wool using French knots

Some progress had finally been made, and there really wasn’t much more to do to finish off the last little lamb – finally the French knots were coming to and end!

I was also contemplating how to finish it off – a garden, a border? Thank you for all your suggestions, they were greatly appreciated! And so many wonderful ideas – it just goes to show how versatile hand embroidery can be.

After three weeks of stitching

These three lambs defiantly have lots of wool! A whimsical garden is added to give this baby blanket a cute and sweet finish

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!

a little lamb made with French knots is joined with bees made from bullion knots in this cute and whimsical baby blanket
a proud mummy sheep in a whimsical garden with her two lambs!
a cute little lamb makes for a trio in this cute and whimsical design for a baby blanket.

So what will be my next ‘SAL’ project?

I am certainly in no shortage of projects that need to be completed! The next project I’ve decided to work on for this SAL is the elephant ‘sampler’ I was stitching as part of the TAST before I got too busy and distracted with other projects to continue along with the weekly stitches. I’m thinking at this stage of looking through the TAST stitches and just choosing them randomly to complete the project. It was getting to a stage where it was getting difficult to fit in all the stitches, so this will still hopefully develop my knowledge of stitches, but also allow for some more ‘normal’ stitches to be used if necessary.

Join the others!

Do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always so much to see, and is a great and lovely time catching up with everyone.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update – and an elephant!

53 Comments

  1. Cathy

    So lovely, french knots are fiddly but the result is amazing.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Cathy. I quite like stitching French Knots, which in this project was a good thing!

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  2. Kathleen

    Once again you have impressed me. Well Done!!!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathleen, that is very sweet of you!

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  3. Kathleen

    I am always impressed by your work. Well done!

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  4. Steph

    Yaaaay! A finish! I’m so excited for you. It looks wonderful. A brilliant choice for the little flowers, so effective. Well done!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Steph 😊 I’m quite happy with how it has all turned out!

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  5. Rachel

    What a wonderfully happy family you have created there!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Rachel, I’m quite happy with how they have turned out!

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  6. Claire

    well done! and what a gorgeous pastural embroidery ^^

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Claire- I’m glad I stuck with simple!

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  7. Isabella

    These sheep are too cute! There are a lot of French Knots, but they are perfect! Great job!!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Bella. They gave a great effect!

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  8. Kate Chiconi

    What a fabulous finished blanket for some lucky baby… The meadow of flowers is super-sweet!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kate. I thought the flowers finished it off better than expected!

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  9. Kathy Reeves

    I love the meadow you created with the bit of color, and the bees are the perfect finish. HAppy little lambs, they are. A great finish on the hand work!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathy. I liked my little bees and was thinking about adding in a butterfly too, except I thought that might be too much!

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  10. Cindy

    Congratulations on a cute finish. Can’t wait to see the next project.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Cindy.

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  11. Linda

    Wow they are so cute! You did a great job. Bet it feels great to have the French knots done 😀. Looking forward to seeing your next project

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Linda – definitely some relief felt when the last lamb was finished!

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  12. Avis

    It’s a great finish and I’m glad you kept the background nice and simple. I love those busy little bees.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Avis. I didn’t want to detract from the main event too much!

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  13. Alex Hall

    Seriously cute and the scattering of flowers is a perfect finishing touch!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Alex. I was pleasantly surprised when it all came together!

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  14. Ann

    This looks fabulous, the little flowers and bees really set it off nicely, and the few extra styles of stitches and colours add a little more interest to the ‘scene’.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Ann – French knot flowers really would have been a bit much I think!

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  15. Helen Rowen

    A stunning finish Catherine and one very lucky baby who will be snuggled up in this lovely blanket.
    I love elephants so I am looking forward to your next project.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Helen, I admit that it has definitely turned out better than expected and I’m glad I popped in the little field of flowers!
      I too love elephants- this one is quite elaborately decorated so far!

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  16. Carole

    Congrats on a lovely finish. The field of flowers is the perfect touch and looks gorgeous.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Carole. I’m pleased with it, I think it suits them well!

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  17. wybrow1966

    This really looks like a labour of love, and the little bees are so cute!

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    • Catherine

      Thank you! It has certainly taken a long time to get to the finish line! But I’m glad I persevered, it has turned out to be a very cute little blanket!

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  18. Magpie Sue