I finished the block with the blue applique. I am so glad I appliqued the little heart. Looks so much better than my fill in embroidery stitches would have.
Using variegated thread makes embroidering so much easier because I never have to change the color of my thread! I used #12 pearl cotton on these blocks.
Then I embroidered these two blocks. Do you see the difference? Click to enlarge them.
The block on the left has been embroidered with the outline stitch. This is my normal stitch, one that I have been using for 50 years. It just comes natural to me.
The block on the right is embroidered with a back stitch. This is the stitch that Gail Pan used for most of the projects in her book. It was very hard for me to have even stitches. You know what this means, practice, practice and more practice.
If I don't feel like embroidering, then I knit dishcloths. This is one I finished this week.
Every time I show a knitted dishcloth, someone asks for the pattern and what kind of yarn I use.
I use Lily brand cotton yarn and here is the pattern.
I don't know where I found this pattern, I do know it was a free pattern where ever I found it. Seed Stitch Dish Cloth - With a size #4 circular needle cast on 40 stitches. Row 1 & 2 – knit. Row 3 & 4 – Knit 2 *K1 P1 repeat from * across to last 2 stitches k2. Repeat rows 1 – 4 for pattern until measures 9” (same as bottom edge), ending with Rows 1 & 2. Bind off.
Linking to - Slow Stitching Sunday, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Love Laugh Quilt, Em's Scrapbag, Super Mom - No Cape, Esther's Wednesday Wow!, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Friday Night With Friends