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Monday, 29 October 2018

Stitch Witchery

The witching hour is fast approaching, and this little stitchery is a fun and easy project you can whip up in no time!
Optical illusions fascinate me, and this super simple drawing trick is one we learned in elementary school.  I started out with plain white Kona cotton, and 12 weight Aurifil cotton thread. It stitches beautifully with a size 100/16 topstitch needle. Regular 50 weight cotton was used in the bobbin.
I began by tracing the outline of my left hand on the fabric with a removable marker.
 Then I added straight horizontal lines across the background. 
 The lines were stitched once, but I did a double pass on the hand to make it more distinct.
 Stitching slightly curved lines within the hand itself gives it a raised illusion.
Just to be a bit gruesome...I added a little stitching with red thread at the bottom of the wrist for effect.
 I think this would be a fun way to quilt a background in a Hallowe'en quilt!
You can watch a You Tube video here for inspiration on drawing the hand.  The 12 weight thread is available from my online store.  Happy Hallowe'en!


  1. Oh Karen, I love this, so much fun to be had. You are a HOOT!. Happy Hallowe'en haunting.

  2. Great way to do the curved lines across your hand, it seems so real.

  3. That is so cool. Kind of gruesome but cool.