Saturday, October 8, 2011

Swedish Weaving Finish!: Celebrate Color Link Up

It may not seem like much, but it's been awhile since I've finished a project. I last showed my progress on this towel before I did the hems on the sides and created the fringe. The instructions with the kit I bought had another way of finishing the stitching, but I feel by hemming the sides that the ends of the embroidery floss will be more likely to stay put. Plus I think it makes it look finished.

I'm linking this up to Celebrate Color over at Rachel's blog, Stitched in Color. I'm sure you all have heard about the great things she's been doing to celebrate the colors of fall. I was going to post a mosaic of my fall favorites when this celebration started, but time got away from me. I don't think anyone can argue that the colors in this towel are anything but fall.

For those of you who do not know what Swedish Weaving is, this information was put up by my local needle shop.

Now on to the eye candy.

Swedish Weaving Finish!

This pattern is described as resembling a wind break in autumn. (A wind break is basically a line of trees that farmers put up in order to reduce the amount of soil erosion that was occuring from the high winds in my area.) While driving out to Maplewood State Park earlier today, I passed by many trees in a wind break that had turned and could definately see this pattern in real life. Chad, on the other hand, doesn't see it and he grew up on a farm.

Swedish Weaving Finish!

A close up of the stitching. I am in love with the effects you can achieve with this embroidery technique.

Swedish Weaving Finish!

A close up of the hemming and fringe. I couldn't find a spool of white so I used the closest thing. The camera is picking up a higher contrast that if you were looking at it yourself.

Swedish Weaving Finish!

And just because I like the obvious set-ups sometimes.

I hope you enjoyed my work. I am completely hooked on this embroidery and already have more materials to do another project. Please come back tomorrow when I will be sharing some more love for fall after spending the morning in the woods.


Pam said...

Katie, this is awesome. I love the 3D effect that is created.

Katie said...

Yay! I know the thrill of finishing the first project after a dry spell :) It looks fantastic - really neat for a first effort.

Cindy said...


Rachel Hauser said...

What beautiful work! I have not seen this type of embroidery handmade before. It's a lovely pattern and so pretty for fall. Thanks for adding it to Celebrate Color.

p.s. gorgeous fall pictures in your next post!

Lisa Ann said...

I have not seen this type of embroidery...I love it!

kristastitched said...

gorgeous! congrats on being a finalist!

Paulina said...

Hi Katie, your embroidery is gorgeous. Recently, I came across the webside with swedish weaving photos and got to know about this embriodery. It's great and probably I will have to try it by myself one day. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to vote but I hope you get the first place for this stunning work. Cheers!