If you have been following me for a while, you probably know of my love of books. I already had this picture of a bookworm reading on top of a whimsical fairytale mushroom garden. Naturally, I had to jump in when I saw this month’s swap group theme was mushrooms. I made a sketch, showed it to the girls with choice of colors and let them pick their mushrooms. I started each one with the mushroom color and picked the other colors as I went along. I am not very good with embroidery, so this also provided a perfect excuse to practice. These are 3″ blocks.
I like mixing of light and dark shades of floss. The mushrooms and the stems are made with lighter and darker shades of the same color. I also love to add gold with red to get a glimmer. The tiny mushrooms are made with just the light color floss and light green for the stems. This one is a green mushroom, so it got a light blue stem.
You will notice that some of them are reading green books and some red. I was trying to think of book colors and noticed these two books sitting on the top of TV cabinet in the living room. Problem solved!!
As I was working on the last couple of blocks, my husband asked if one could be made into a larger version because he wanted me to make one for him. How could I refuse?! He spends long hours at his desk working, so I will make him a lightly-quilted mug-rug. I already started working on it.