A post for St. Patricks Day! This is our National Holiday here so I wish you all a Happy St. Patricks Day for the 17th ( not paddys day and not pattys day, mind !)
Anyways onto the project on hand – using colouring pencils with embroidery. What! I hear you say, why, yes, yes you can…..
I used this technique recently when embroidering up a shamrock, and thought I would share the process here.
Firstly, I just outlined the shamrock using stem stitch , I did two rows around and filled in the edges a bit more. I confess I was a bit lazy and really didn’t want to fill in the rest of the shamrock so I had the brain wave of colouring in the rest with colouring pencils. If you follow the Kitchsy Stitcher on Instagram, you’ll know she uses this technique a lot in her work, so I decided I would give it a go here.
I already had some water colouring pencils in my stash, nothing special about them, just a regular brand I had.
So I just coloured in the fabric like you would with paper. When it was coloured in, I used a small paint brush dipped in water and blended in the colour more. I did this until I was happy with the result. I confess I wasn’t mad about it so I left it there to dry. When I checked the next day, it was so much better ! It dried a lot brighter and it blended in really well. I heat set it with my iron but I don’t think it really matters if you don’t do this step, as its not going to be washed.
Here it is all hooped up and ready to go. What ya think ? I must try this more in my embroidery.
Till next time ! ….. oh ……. and Happy St. Patrick’s Day
PS these hoops were popular in my shop, but I do have one left, its listed here I also have an offer running at the minute. Free Shipping on everything! just use code STPATSFREESHIP – expires March 18th.