I’ve officially completed my first ever embroidery sampler, and I must say I’m hooked! It has been the perfect project to just pick up here and there while snuggling a sleeping baby and playing with two big kids.
I stitched this Color Wheel sampler by Rebecca Ringquist of Dropcloth using Aurifil 12wt cotton in the following colors (for when you want to get your own sampler to embroider, since I’ve had a few people ask about details!):
1147 Light Leaf Green
2784 Dark Navy
2515 Light Orchid
2145 Yellow Orange
Initially I thought I might finish the sampler in a hoop and hang it in my craft loft as is, but the colors are just so gorgeous that I feel a strong need to draw them out into an even larger creation. I scanned the sampler and played with it in Inkscape a bit to determine a course of action, and I think I’m going to aim to make a larger color wheel using coordinating fabric–mostly Alison Glass Sun Prints, although I’m sure none of you are surprised at that!
Once I visited my fabric stash and did a trial fabric pull, I was completely convinced that a larger quilted color wheel is the way to go.
Really, can you blame me for wanting to use these fabrics in every.single.project!?
I will most likely include my favorite neutral, Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed linen in charcoal as the background, although I’m liking the bright colors’ contrast on a lighter background, too.
So, once again, I’ve finished a project only to turn it into a larger, more complex project. But as usual, I am very excited about this project extension! I will be trying my first inset circle as well as practicing curved sewing, in which I have only dabbled early in my quilting foray. I’m also I’m eager to hand quilt the next phase of the project with the Aurifil 12wt to help tie the entire color wheel together.
I’m linking up my Dropcloth Color Wheel Embroidery Sampler finish with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Up Friday & TGIFF, even though it’s only the beginning of the next phase of the project. Let the rainbow wheel stitching begin!
21 thoughts on “Dropcloth Color Wheel Embroidery Finish… but only the Beginning!”
I love your rainbow pull to go with the sampler and look forward to seeing this progress into a gorgeous mini!
Ait looks really lovely. That’s ag great fabric pull, the colours seem to match perfectly. I’m very interested to see where you go with this.
It is going to look amazing.
Do you plan to foundation piece two arcs, sew them together and then appliqué them to the centre to create your circle?
So lovely! I have seen this pattern popping up in my Instagram feed, so great to see more photos up close. Great work!
I agree; it needs to grow.
You are putting me in the mood todo something with circles.
wow that is amazing 🙂 Love those prints and you’ve done a great job on the design
Oh Kitty – you have such a wonderful sense of colour and you don’t seem wedded to any one – just use the whole rainbow. Love your ideas.
Making it bigger sounds like a great idea! Love the fabrics you pulled.
Allison Glass fabric goes perfectly! Can’t wait to see what you create!!
Love your fabric choices with the threads!!! Alison Glass fabrics just glow!!
Your color wheel is perfect! Adding to it sounds like a fabulous idea to me 🙂 (what is the name of the navy print that’s on the bottom of a couple of the stacks?)
(baby Finn is getting so big! Love the block of the month plan. And his sweet sleeping smile 🙂
Thank you, Tracy! I am loving the idea of continuing this project 🙂 I replied to you via email, too, but thought I’d answer your fabric ID question here.
Navy print–do you mean the bottom of the color stack? Navy with turquoise bits? It’s from Alison Glass’s 2015 Sun Prints–Grove. Grove is definitely my favorite Sun Prints collection thus far!
The other fabric that’s set a bit apart is grey–Robert Kaufman’s Essex yarn dyed linen in Charcoal. It’s on the bottom of stacks, too, so I just want to be sure I answer your question.
Thank you thank you!
Mmmm… rainbow-y goodness. Lovely work on the embroidery (and the fabric pull!)
such a fabulous idea Kitty! you rock !
I wish I were young and as inspired as you are. I am inspired, don’t get me wrong, but not as young lol