Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, prep

by brae  

I've set up my fabric for the Birds on a Branch rug by Sue Bakker. I measured my printout, which is roughly the actual finished size I'm figuring, and then tried it with my Morgan Lap Stand (my original review here).  This set has two no-slip embroidery hoops and extenders to create a lap frame. There are many sizes available, but I chose the 7" and 9" set.  You can use the stand with either the large or small hoop as the base. This is especially nice for French knot work or if you want to rotate the work at all. It can be used either on your lap or on a tabletop. You can also use either hoop by itself. These hoops will fit in my wooden Baby Z Lap Frame, too. It collapses for travel and storage, though you'll need a bag to keep all the pieces together (shown here with a previous project).

As you can see, the 7" hoop would work, but I like having more room, so I will mount the linen in the 9" hoop.

I purchased 40 count Flax Zweigart Newcastle Cross Stitch Linen from The Hobby House on eBay, which is somewhat pricey but worth the cost if you buy a larger cut. To save material, I cut a piece slightly larger than my hoop.

I cut muslin strips and sewed them to the linen to make it a larger piece of fabric.

After trimming the corners, I added a zigzag stitch all around to keep the fabric from fraying as I work.

I'm ready to test my French knots following a pattern. Unlike Elga's method, where she did one row at a time, I might be able to do the pattern and then fill in the background at the end. I'll see what I think after the test samples.


Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
What a great setup. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress!
07/12/19 @ 03:29
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Your rugs are one of the details that I always find so amazing in your houses! I can't wait to see more of this one.
07/12/19 @ 14:42
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
You do not miss a step or let one detail go lacking. I am amazed.
07/13/19 @ 04:26

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