Mushrooms, Bookworm And Handling Embroidery Puckering

Mushroom Bookworm Embroidery

 

Reading Bookworm embroidery pattern on Etsy

 

I don’t usually do embroidery.  If my hands are free, I’d rather knit.  I originally drew this for a swap early this year to improve my embroidery.

 

I am crazy about mushrooms, I have that in common with young Frodo Baggins.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I would get into some serious trouble, just like Frodo, if  I couldn’t acquire them so readily.   Also, books are my delight and vice at the same time.  So it wasn’t that hard for me to think of a drawing where a bookworm lives in a colorful mushroom garden and whiles his day away, reading.

 

While I was working on the blocks, my husband gently asked me if I would make one for him.   How could I say no?  That was back in March!!  While he patiently waited, I kept working on other things.  I finally started working on this a couple of months ago to cast aside that nagging inside me.

 

 

Mushroom Bookworm Embroidery

 

 

I used a combination of chain, stem and back stitches.  I tried using slip stitch, but didn’t care for it a whole lot.  This was mostly due to my ineptness, no doubt.

 

As I said, I don’t usually embroider. So I am ignorant of many things that most people would know.  My first mistake was to not use any stabilizer.  As I started on the thick stems, the fabric started puckering up.  So I discarded that, then restarted everything.

 

The second time, I think my stitches were too tight.  So the puckering happened again this time,  although much less.  Discard and restart!

 

Even after loosening my stitches from the tight-rope tautness I was subjecting them to, the puckering happened again.  This time, I learned that I was stretching my fabric too much in the embroidery hoop.  When I removed the fabric from the frame, it went back to its usual elasticity and that caused the puckering.  I took it apart AGAIN, and gave it yet another try.  That did the trick and removed the last of the puckering I was getting.

 

Now you know why it took me two months to finish!  If you are new to embroidery like me, I thought you might find this information useful.  I would also love to hear if you have any other advice you can share on embroidery.

 

 

Mushroom Bookworm Embroidery

 

Reading Bookworm embroidery pattern on Etsy

 

I cut a custom mat of his favorite color with my mat cutter and used a thin black frame.  Now it’s hanging on the wall across his desk.   If work gets too hectic, all he has to do is look up for a smile!

 

-Soma

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Mushrooms, Bookworm And Handling Embroidery Puckering

  • Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} December 15, 2013 at 19:22

    What a gorgeous design! I’m yet to start embroidery… really want to sometime though!

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    1. Soma Acharya December 16, 2013 at 09:19

      Thank you so much, Alyce! I really learned so much from this one project and it is fun to play with all those colors. I think you will enjoy embroidery :)

      -Soma x

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  • Ruthie Quilts December 15, 2013 at 11:59

    I absolutely loved this one Soma!!! It is so cute! Your hubby was awesome to ask for one! LOL! It came out great! Your embroidery is “spot on”!

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    1. Soma Acharya December 16, 2013 at 09:15

      Thanks, Friend! You know what an enabler he is! LOL!! I have to blame you and Marilyn for getting me into embroidery :)

      -Soma

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  • Janine December 14, 2013 at 10:50

    This is such a delightful design and your embroidery looks perfect. It sounds to me that you’ve become quite expert through the process of working on this :)

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    1. Soma Acharya December 14, 2013 at 19:45

      Thank you so much, Janine! I suppose practice and persistence pay off at the end :)

      Soma x

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  • Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation December 13, 2013 at 13:34

    super cute, and it’s not surprise that he loves it!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Soma Acharya December 14, 2013 at 19:39

      Aw, thanks Kelly!! It was nice to see him excited when he saw it on the wall hanging :)

      -Soma

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  • Vera December 13, 2013 at 05:03

    Awesome embroidery. Well done.

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    1. Soma Acharya December 14, 2013 at 19:37

      Thanks so much, Vera :)

      Have a lovely weekend!
      -Soma

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  • Susan @TheBoredZombie.com December 12, 2013 at 19:06

    Its so cute, worth every bit of effort!

    I haven’t done a ton of hand embroidery (even though I LOVE it). I’ve found Mary Corbet’s site to be an amazing resource. http://www.needlenthread.com/

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    1. Soma Acharya December 14, 2013 at 19:37

      Thanks, Susan!! I really wanted to iron out all the problems and learn at the same time.
      That is a fantastic site you recommended. I will have to browse some more for inspiration.

      Hope you are having a great weekend!
      Soma

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  • Silvana ( Sil ) December 12, 2013 at 14:03

    I loved to read about the gift you made for your husband! So sweetie he asked this for you and sweetier from you to dedicate your talent tommake a perfect embroidered work! Lucky hubby! And lucky you! Reading your words we can feel the love you have for each other! So beautiful!

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    1. Soma Acharya December 14, 2013 at 19:35

      Dear Sil, that is the sweetest thing to say! Thank you so much :)

      Soma xx

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  • Kathleen December 12, 2013 at 07:28

    Oh that is so cute and colorful! I used to enjoy embroidery years ago. In fact I embroidered a tablecloth for my mom that she still uses. Unfortunately, I’ve not kept up that skill so I have no tips for you. I did read somewhere that for redwork embroidery, you should use two layers of white fabric to better hide any thread tails.

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    1. Soma Acharya December 12, 2013 at 11:36

      Thank you!! Wow, an embroidered table cloth sounds so amazing! I am so glad you mom still has it.
      I like the idea of using two layers of fabric. I will definitely make a note of that. I used interfacing on this one to hide the thread tails.

      -Soma

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