Feel the tension……

In a quest to see how much sewing could be completed from the little canvas project – I am happy to report that you can sew two squares. Although it has to be said that if I had thought about it earlier I would have positioned the canvas into a bigger hoop at the start. As you can see – I ran out of space in my hoop. The last two stitches that I chose to use on the second square were Moorish stitch (a) and Half Rhodes stitch (b).

At this point the tension in both squares was still good. Once I removed the samples from the hoop I ran into a small problem – there was not enough canvas around the second sample to put it into a hoop – so I improvised and used the canvas I had available to me – before putting the second square back into the hoop.

I know – it looks very messy and the tension was not that good – but if you like to ‘make do and mend’ it was an easy option. You can see the difference in tension when you compare the two squares side by side.  The only thing I did run out of (apart from the brown edging wool) was a little bit of the purple wool.

I think that if I am careful I should be able to make both squares up into pin cushions, although will have to be careful about the fraying canvas edges. Happy stitching one and all!


About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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5 Responses to Feel the tension……

  1. Sally says:

    That is a very generous kit! You have done well to get in all those additional stitches.

  2. Catherine says:

    Well done! I’m impressed you were able to get the canvas in the hoop at all!

  3. Marlous says:

    I love that you have made an extra square! There were certainly enough threads left! Even though I used a hoop I did find that the canvas had warped a bit, so I used a blocking mat to block the canvas before stitching it up as a pincushion. Used some fray stop glue on the edges after sewing the canvas to the backing fabric and cutting the canvas.

  4. Very pretty, and I like to idea of making pin cushions. They will look super cute.

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