I decided I just had to make something that I could embroider using the knotted thread I was making with the knotting shuttles I recently purchased. It seemed fitting to make a work bag to store the thread and shuttles in.
For the knotted threads, I used crochet thread in size 3. I wanted it to be a little thicker because the embroidery floss I had first practiced with seemed flimsy and thin. Knotting with the crochet thread was much easier to do and definitely looked much nicer. I’m still a little hesitant to put the knots too close together, but once I get used to how things look or work out I should be able to have fun varying the spacing.
I decided to try a few different techniques. I have never done couching before, so I practiced on one side by couching the letter “G” using crochet thread and cotton floss, and then working satin stitch around the crochet thread with embroidery floss to cover it. I also used a quick fern stitch for the little wreath pattern around the G.
For the other side, I used both knotted crochet thread and regular crochet thread. I tried different patterns of knots when I made the knotted thread to see how they worked together, and I also used regular embroidery stitches for filler. I used a cross stitch, fern stitch, seed stitch, and french knots.
I had a blast with this project. I can honestly say that I am addicted to this type of embroidery. It’s just so much fun to mix so many textures and types of embroidery. It makes me look forward to working with other things like ribbon!
I’m not going to go into too much detail here since I will most likely create a page for this item in my costume gallery. I also had a few people really looking forward to seeing what it was I was doing with this knotting shuttle thing I have been going on about. It can be hard to explain to people, so it’s just best to show them! 😉
Here are some photos: