Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Down in the Valley

So my dear little wrapped 4" wooden embroidery hoop really needed to have its own pouch like the ones I made for the other spring tension ones I own.   Really, I was just looking for a way to finish "Down In The Valley" by Blackbird Designs.  Since it was meant to be a round finish, I thought a hoop pouch made sense. I was considering going completely round, with maybe a zipper, but I ended up with a rounded bottom only.  Turns out to be pretty easy to do that.  I found a bowl in the kitchen that was the right size and traced a semi-circle onto the back of the stitching and finishing fabrics.  That gave a nice sewing line.  You just need to use a short machine stitch and clip the curves before turning.  For once, my measurements came out pretty good and this pouch really doesn't even need a snap closure to keep the hoop in there. 

The top border fabric is the backing fabric as well.  It's really not so blue and actually looks more like the muted colors in the stitching.  The stitching is done on 32 ct natural MCG linen.  That linen is a little heavier than Zweigart and makes a more sturdy pouch.   I mostly used the DMC suggested colors with a few changes here and there.






Ele chose 'thread' as the theme for her "s,t,u" block of the Alphabet SAL.  She wanted to tie it in to the needle on the "m,n,o" block.  I didn't want these blocks to end up with a stitchy theme so I went rogue and found a small chart for an umbrella here.  Ele had thought about going with the umbrella idea, so it wasn't entirely my idea.  I think I've stayed with the flavor of this SAL.  We'll see how much of a SAL rebel I will be in the coming weeks.  


28 comments:

ArchangelDecker said...

Love your finishes, especially the BBD. I would love to have your DMC conversion as the colors you chose are a lot prettier than the ones that were used in the model.

Kaisievic said...

That is such a pretty finish and such a useful bag. Your S T U finish is very sweet, too.

Robin in Virginia said...

Way to go on your hoop pouch! It turned out great. Did I miss the post about your hoop and wrapping? I like your 's t u' block.

Brigitte said...

So great how you finished your little BBD stitching. These round or semi-round finishes are such a nice variation. Your little hoop pouch turned out so beautifully.
Your S-T-U looks really good.

Preeti said...

Your bag is so pretty and the stitching is beautiful as well:)

Mini said...

I really love when we can turn our stitching into something useful.
The hoop bag looks beautiful

Barb said...

Oh wow I love the hoop holder. Great stitching and finishing. Now I shall have to go look for round designs in my stash lol.

Mii Stitch said...

Your little hoop pouch is a delight.
Love the design and your clever finish!

Margaret said...

Catching up on blogs after some vacation. So this is for both your recent posts. Very nice on the little pouch you made with the exterior zipper compartment! Love all the stitching too. The Hoop pouch is wonderful! It's just the right size too, and the stitching looks lovely with that fabric. The monthly and the alphabet are both so much fun!

Vickie said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet. Love them both really.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Cute, cute, cute! :)

Penny said...

I love this design and what a wonderful way to finish it! Cute SAL addition too! Sometimes you just have to be a rebel. : )

Anne said...

I love your little hoop pouch! Adorable! :)

Jane Galley said...

Oh I do like your hoop pouch, so pretty. I might have to think about making pouches for all mine, might not lose them then

Hetti said...

WOW Annie, again such a cleaver idea of you and it is so lovely with the matching fabric!!Nice umbrella ;-))
XXX Hetti

Cindy's Stitching said...

Such a prettypiece. Love the colors

Jackie said...

I love your hoop pouch! That curved bottom is so sweet. Perfect to keep your hoop safe and free from being scratched.

averyclaire.org said...

I LOVE this little pocket you made. It's perfect and very creative!

Annette said...

What a great pouch you made, how great you can put the loop in it!!
Your SAL going great too!!
Happy stitching!!

Angela said...

Absolutely love the hoop pouch finish! The design is lovely, unique and creative!

Lainey said...

What a sweet design and your pouch finish is gorgeous!!!

♥ Nia said...

A great idea and a lovely stitching! Looks perfect :D

Carol said...

So glad your little wooden hoop is not suffering from pouch envy anymore :) That turned out really cute and your curved stitching (something I haven't done since high school!) looks perfect.

The "U" for umbrella was a nice change, too. Hard to believe this SAL is nearly at "Z"!!

Sorry to be so late commenting--was up visiting mom last week and I'm way, way behind on blog reading :) Hope you've been enjoying the sunshine!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love this - I don't think there's any way I could have figured that out! blessings, marlene

KimM said...

Love it, Annie - both your finishes and the SAL umbrella -
xxx

Ana said...

I love your hoop pouch!

Sheryl S. said...

This is lovely Annie, a pretty design and fabric choice.

Irene said...

Annie, che bella la tua pochette, mi piace tantissimo