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Guest blog: Renaissance Fuchsia Tea Party

I began my project by combining, on my computer, selected designs from the Renaissance Fuchsia Collection  and a single scallop from the May free design from Graced in Petals for the tray cloth, tea cosy, napkin and heat pad to keep the bottom of the tea pot cosy and protect the tray. Robson Anton Rayon threads were used throughout on self patterned organza backed with a a darker shade of fine cotton broadcloth and Insul- Bright heat resistant batting.

The centre of the tray cloth design was embroidered directly onto the organza over hooped water-soluble stabilizer. Every jump stitch was trimmed from the back after which I pressed the embroidery from the back over a padded board then attached with quilting adhesive spray to the cotton backing fabric making it one fabric.

A template of multiples of the scallop was printed and placed in position around the edge of the tray cloth, position marked then floated and tacked over the hooped water-soluble stabilizer then embroidered.

The same coloured embroidery thread was used in the bobbin as in the needle.

By lining the organza with cotton backing the underside was neatened and the reverse of the embroidery could not be seen.

I next made the heat pad and embroidered over both the organza and the lining.

 At this point I could see the marked difference between the embroidery on organza only and on the lined organza. The designs embroidered on organza only stood out from the fabric and seemed to float without any puckering.

I piped the circular edge, added heat resistant wadding and backed it with the same cotton fabric.

For the Napkin I folded the edge of a 14”square of cotton fabric and hemmed it using the entredeux stitch from my machine with a wing needle then marked the positions and stitched the embroidery.  A decorative organza bow decorated the cotton napkin ring.

The front and back of the tea cosy were embroidered stitching directly onto the organza as for the tray cloth and lined with the cotton fabric which again was sprayed with adhesive spray to attach the two fabrics.

A second piece of cotton fabric for the lining was laid under the front pieces ready for the scallops to be embroidered as one and repeated for the back.

Before the scallops could be embroidered measurements had to be drawn to mark the casing and scallop positions.

A piece of batting was inserted between the front and the backing to be caught in the lowest stitching of the casing so that there was no bulk when threading the ribbon.

 Guide lines were marked on the linings as well as the fronts to make attaching the casing easier to position.

The width of the cosy is measured from the tip of the spout to the edge of the handle, in this case 12 ½” and the finished height of the cosy is 9”.

The spout side seams had to be stitched leaving on opening for the spout. A 1 ½” seam was stitched on the lower edge up to the beginning of the spout and another 3” seam was stitched above the spout.

A 1 ½” seam joined the handle side at the base and an elastic casing finished the lower edge.

A ribbon was threaded through the upper casing and tied around the teapot.

This project was a sheer delight to make from beginning to end. I just love the fuchsias and was fascinated with the way the birds were digitised giving shaded colours throughout and after playing with alternative colours I just had to use the blue hummingbird on the back of the cosy.

Thank you Hazel – You’ve outdone yourself again.

“This project was an entry in the 2020 annual competition for members of the Group Forum and it won third prize. I think it safe to say that this member out did herself. Truly a work of art! Quite an amazing tea pot too. Thank you for sharing.” (Hazel)

Happy embroidering from Hazel

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