First, before I get to this week's design, I am so pleased about the recent successes of my friend Cherri with her quilts in several large competitions. I drew and digitised some of the designs that she used, but they would have been nothing without her artistry. You can see her work here:
OK, back to unembellished embroidery. Now this is a very strange one! The other day I was chatting with a couple who had asked me to do a design for them that featured a hare, and one of them asked me if I’d ever noticed “the Hare in the Moon”. What?? Of course I’d heard of the Man in the Moon, but a hare? But they assured me that if I looked closely at the full moon, you could see the figure of a hare in it.
Well, I still haven’t seen it, but I thought it sounded like a great idea for a design, so here he is. The moon is done in silver lame fabric, appliqueed on with silver thread, and the hare is appliqueed on top. And the coat of the hare is done in overstitching – that is, the fur is just sort of “scribbled” on with running stitching in different colours of browns and greys
The Hare in the Moon
I’ve become very interested recently in how you can reproduce the coats of furry animals in embroidery, so this will be just the first of several furry animal designs. At the moment I’m working on one based on a sketch I did of our sleeping cat. He has a very long and fluffy coat so the design will need some attention