Hand stitching = slow progress

When a project reaches the hand stitching stage, it absolutely slows down. I’ve spent many years working only with machine stitching and quilting and I love it. However, I’ve gone back to my first love of hand sewing with many of my current projects…and I love it! A real love fest here with every kind of stitching!

However, getting things fused down and ready to sew on my city project made it decision time again. Hand or machine? Little of both?

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I put a line of machine stitches along the edges my buildings. I’m not so sure that machine work is the way to go on this one. Naturally, one line of thread isn’t going to tell the story, but it seems too wimpy.

Since I’ve fallen in love with embroidery again, naturally I moved on to trying that out.

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I’m never too impressed when I first start out. It just doesn’t seem like much. But I’ve learned to keep adding more. To tell the whole story, lots of stitches are necessary.

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One row doesn’t do it, with either machine or hand!

Keep stitching, Kathy!!!

Linking up to Off the Wall Friday.
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16 thoughts on “Hand stitching = slow progress

    • And I’m still stitching…and stitching. I can see that this one will take a long time, but I’m okay with that. I have a vision with it and it’s worth taking the time to get there!

      On Sat, May 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:

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    • What? Something you have not done, Judy? I’m surprised! But you can always help me through your great art knowledge, and I do appreciate any suggestion you make!

      On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 5:49 PM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:

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  1. you and I are two peas in a pod girl. I have come back to my embroidery roots lately as well. You are so right about your latest artwork, more is better, more completes it, it ain’t over til the fat lady sings and I haven’t opened my mouth! LeeAnna

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    • And OMG—I am a fat lady who can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket, so I have to keep stitching ’till my hand falls off! It’s a darn good thing that I have a large stash of embroidery threads!!

      On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 4:48 PM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:

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  2. The hand stitching really enhances the piece. You may have to pace yourself with the stitching in order to save your hand. :>(

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    • I believe you are right! It needs the hand stitching, no matter how much my hand whines and complains!

      On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 8:40 AM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:

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    • Slow but steady! Lots more work to do and I’m trying NOT to take the easy road just to have it done more quickly.

      On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 7:31 AM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:

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    • So far, so good. I’m stuck right now, though. I want to add much more hand stitching, but it’s so very hard to stitch through the fused fabric! My hands are protesting, yet I know that’s the correct answer for this piece!

      On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:

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