Thursday, January 6, 2011

Do Not Enter! (Not really... Please enter)

I finished and hooped my Do Not Enter embroidery!  Yah!

I just love stitching up these signs.  I have a flammable warning sign finished and ready to stretch, too.  I'm still fairly new to embroidery and I find that the pieces with heavy fill stitch have a real tendency to pucker and pull. I've gotten a bit better in my most recent piece. I think that the trick is to pull the fabric really taut while I'm doing the stitching.  Hopefully future pieces will come out smoother.

The fabulous Juline took this shot of the sign in action in Italy this fall.  Thank you, Juline, for capturing this image out in the world, doing the hard work for which it was designed! I had initially thought this was a German sign, but it looks like it pops up in other countries.

Some details for the embroidery geek in my heart...

Thread: DMC, six strand floss in colors 310 and 321.

Stitches used:
Long and short stitch in for the hand
A kind of "brick" back stitch for the red ring
Back stitch for the figure
Chain stitch in black around the red ring.

Despite the message this embroidery depicts, I don't want to keep people way!  I actually want to bring people closer to me and my world (hence the blog) and get closer to other people's passions.  In 2011, I want to embrace the world... or at least some of the lovely folks in it.

So don't let this pushy, stitched little man keep you away from me.  PLEASE!


  1. I love this! Especially, for some reason, the expression on the Hard-Hat's face. :)

  2. Hi - I am enjoying reading your blog. Wonderful stitching on this project! I know what you mean about fabric puckering and pulling - I have started stitching in a plastic hoop rather than my wood hoops - the plastic hoops (especially the style where the inner hoop has a "lip") seem to keep their tension better and keep the fabric taut.

  3. Thank you so much for your comment and your tips, Kim (big B)! Your blog is just lovely and I'm so glad to have found it. I'm a devoted new reader. And I adore your patterns in your etsy shop. Thank you very, very much for reaching out. You have no idea how much you've made my week! Best ~ Olisa

  4. Hi Olisa - Thank you so much! I really enjoy your blog and seeing your stitching. I just love the Eiffel Tower quilted pillow you made - so gorgeous!! I really want to improve my quilting and sewing skills.

  5. I consider myself embraced...its magnificent work! x:)

  6. I love European signage -- especially when it's as operatic as this one! (Would starching the fabric help prevent rippling, do you think?

  7. mimilove--thank you so much for your comments!! I am a HUGE fan of your work!! I adore your use of color and the wonderful effect you get with your stitches. WOW! Sorry for my inability to be more articulate. I'm just so honored. Thank you! ~Olisa

  8. That's really good! Very neat stitching!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. :)