It’s time for a little happy dance! I’ve just finished my poppies humbug. It’s a design by Faby Reilly I started it in mid April, it’s been my ‘borrowed time’ project, 10 minutes here and there whilst doing other things!.
Some one was asking why they are called humbugs. It’s easy to forget just how local some words are when writing a blog. A mint humbug is an old-fashioned traditional sweet here in the UK. It is a very specific shape as you can see from the picture…humbug shape! These are handmade sweets from Scotland if you fancy trying a proper mint humbug!
I was chuntering about the DMC gold thread. Faby rightly said life is too short to stitch with threads you don’t like, she suggested some different ones to try. Somehow I’ve ended up with about six skeins of these threads, I’ve finished this project but I’ve decided I’ll see if anyone wants them at Embroiderers Guild, if not they can go to a charity shop!
Faby’s designs really come to life with all the back-stitching, beads and extra embellishments like Algerian stars and spiders web stitch. I found four different beads in my bead box that were possibles, three black ones and one gun metal grey. I decided these little black ones looked perfect. This is the finished embroidery just waiting to be made up.
Making up is actually fairly quick, the edge was already back-stitched ready for whip-stitching together. The top and the sides are stitched together, then the bottom is flattened the other way and then stitched together…Faby has a tutorial which makes it much clearer!
It was a lovely evening in the garden last night so I took my humbug outside to photograph it on the mossy walls. The words on the bottom are poppy (going across) and coquelicot going upwards which is french for poppy.