A few months ago, I was sent an electronic copy of Coloring with Thread by Tula Pink from the Quilting Company. Having reviewed Tula’s coloring book and her book with Angela Walters, hosted her on the podcast and having started an embroidery project (the Dropcloth Sampler) for this year, I felt ready to take on a hoop of Tula’s designs.
If you are a beginner like me, there is an introduction section about transferring the designs and how to sew certain stitches. Each of the designs has pictures of the designs already sewn up, suggestions for threads and stitches to use, a color guide where the design is shown as an outline with colored lines and then a close up of a sewn sample so you can see the stitches made. I printed out all four pages for each design and kept it with my project for reference. (I had a digital copy so I could take the book with me.)
At first, I tried to copy the design onto my fabric using the window as my “lightbox”.
I will say that I don’t recommend this method. Tula’s designs are beautifully intricate and even the slightest bit of movement makes the design imperfect. (Not completely unmakeable but not as you might envision it.)
Based on recommendations from my helpful Instagram friends, I decided to try a printable stabilizer. Using the images found on the CD, I printed the design directly on an adhesive stabilizer and stitched through that. (I used a package my friend sent me and I can’t find it online.) I have to say that being able to print the image directly onto the stabilizer was a game changer for me. It made the stitching easier and I appreciate the extra stability.
Here are a few pictures along the way:
I have become an “expert” on french knots and am in love with the look of satin stitches. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish my hoop due to an unexpected death in my family. This is my project so far:
I know I will finish the project and update this post then. If you would like to check out the other stops on the book blog tour, here is a list of other participants:
Monday, November 27th — Jodi Butler, The Quilting Company
Tuesday, November 28th — Minki Kim, Minki’s Worktable
Wednesday, November 29th — Nichole Vogelsinger, Wildboho
Thursday, November 30th — Amanda Carestio, Sew Daily
Friday, December 1st — Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design
Tuesday, December 5th — Cindy Guch, Raspberry Sunshine
Wednesday, December 6th — Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Crafty Planner
Thursday, December 7th — Wynn Tann, zakkaArt
Friday, December 8th — Elise Baek, Elise & Emelie
Monday, December 11th — Ann Blalock, Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets
Tuesday, December 12th — Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, December 13th — Nancy Jewell, Free Spirit Fabrics
Thursday, December 14th —Annette Allison Millard, The Sewful Life
Friday, December 15th — Brenna Riley Gates, The Quilting Company