practice techniques potholder

If there is something that I sew as often as bags, it’s potholders. I love them, they make great gifts, and they manage to combine the best of my main creative loves: sewing and baking. (Though I have to say, blogging is a rising superstar in this category!) One of the things I love most about potholders is their immediate gratification — I can whip one out in no time. Usually. Somehow I managed to make this one last almost four months.

When I first saw this post, I immediately thought it was a great, simple project for me to practice appliqué, which I haven’t done much. I’m not sure if that’s what Ayumi had in mind with the design, but it seemed like a good fit. Instead of the cake, I traced in a pie from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.

I decided to hand-embroider the design, including the satin stitching that anchors the design to the linen background. Satin stitching… I feel like I could get 1000 hours of practice at that and still need more. Anyway, it did take me a while, but it’s been mostly done for a couple of months. (For some reason, while watching TV which is also when I do hand-stitching, I never seemed to have a little bit of red at hand for the cherry.) I was in a finish-it-up kind of mood last week, so now it’s finally complete. I even got some straight-line quilting practice. I figured I didn’t need practice making binding though, so I just used pre-made this time. :-)

If you are one of the few who isn’t familiar with Pink Penguin, where I got the oven template for this project, check it out… I love her aesthetic and find her projects quite inspiring!

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