Here is my first ever embroidery that I was working on last week, hanging in its 22.5cm hoop:
Thanks to a helpful suggestion from stitcheranon (love the Irish, so), I opted for a satin stitch to fill in the balloon - and what a difference! I considered unthreading the long and short stitches that I filled the balloon with initially, and I am pleased that I decided to keep that stitchwork underneath as it conceals any gaps between the longer stitches.
I used a whole skein of red embroidery thread though; that's a deceptively guzzly little piece of embroidery work right there. It was very quick to stitch, taking just 10 minutes to do. I really like the overall effect that it gives to the balloon and it's now my favourite part to look at. And stroke occasionally.
You may recognise the illustration that I traced and enlarged on the photocopier. It's a sweet Sarah Jane drawing found in her Balloon design that's part of her Children at Play collection, which is another of my absolute favourite fabric lines.
I'm a bit of a font geek, so if anyone wants to know what it's called, it's modelled on the Sue Ellen Francisco typeface. For the benefit of those new to embroidery, like I am, I used a split stitch for the words and a backstitch for the rabbit and balloon string.
My plan is to gift this to my sister to hang in her son's nursery to act as a kind of subliminal message to him, as in drift off to sleep, buddy. Or else. It's always a bit of a presumption that she'll like what I make. I guess, we will see, won't we?
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Time taken: 2 days - would have been much less if I hadn't unthreaded the balloon stitchwork the first time around
Result: Obviously, I need practice, especially when it comes to making nice neat, even stitches around curves but I can see how addictive this craft can be. Uh oh.