We are approaching Midsummer with grey skies and northerly winds, the lovely warm weather is just a distant memory. The bright side of this bad weather is, that now we can wait for good weather and waiting for something good to happen, is ... good. (I am really trying to find something nice to say about the weather here, even though it is very, very difficult.) So let's move to knitting.
Since last time I have been working on wool applique some more. I love this new path. There is so much to learn and discover that it is very interesting and appealing. I have heard often said that embroidery on knitting is hard and I believed that for a long time. Embroidery on any surface can be hard at first, one has to concentrate on the small stitches, but anything new is hard at the beginning and becomes easier with practice. I would love to show you this in person.
I have been making swatches to gain more knowledge. I am at the beginning of this journey and so I cannot say very much yet but Sandra asked one question in the comments that I believe might interest you:
" I have just knit a similar pair or mitts for my daughter's birthday (which isn't until November). I would love to applique and embroider them, as well. Which brings me to my question. Do you stretch the knit fabric before you sew on the applique?"
I block the knitted piece first, the background should be really well balanced. Then if needed I baste the applique piece to the background first to see that it lies flat, the background should not be stretched but should be as even as possible. If you look at the pieces here, there is some distortion but not too much.
It is not yet time for the strawberries but they are already on my mind.
Other than applique I have cast on for a pair of beaded mitts. I am not sure where they will go from here, I am thinking that they need something, but don't have a clue yet what it is going to be.
Wool with you,