WIP Weds: Boutis Progress and Ornament Stitching

I have a quick update on the boutis scissors case embroidery project. I am still working on the running stitches around the edges of the pattern. I have completed the three circles that will form the flap of the scissors case, and I have finished stitching two out of the three border lines around the body of the scissors case.

Here are the photos:

First, here is an overview of the project. It is difficult to see the completed stitching in this photo so some close-up details follow.


The blue transfer pen that I used has bled a little into the fabric. I sincerely hope it will still wash out completely. If it doesn’t, I will be very sad.

Here’s a closeup of the circle area. You can make out the running stitches better in this picture:


I am definitely faster with the running stitch now, and the stitches are kind of/sort of/mostly even-ish…Heh.

Here’s the backside of the same area:


The trickiest part is starting and ending the threads between the layers of fabric so that the knots and ends don’t show. I broke the thread at one point trying to pull the knot into the fabric.

Also, I am finding that I can only work on this for short periods of time because I do not own a thimble and the tiny, pointed quilting needle pokes into my forefinger repeatedly, and I can only take so much of that in one evening.

So, when I have to put the boutis project down, I’ve been picking up my little cross-stitch ornament and adding some stitches to Ms. Deer:


Next week I hope to have the running stitches finished, and I would like to make a good start on stitching the broken lines in the body of the scissors case. Those are all supposed to be backstitched. And, I might have to break down and buy a thimble.

Happy stitching!

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6 Responses to WIP Weds: Boutis Progress and Ornament Stitching

  1. Pam says:

    Yes you need a thimble. There are many types out there. I resisted for a long time but now I can’t live without it. They have ones with an open tip and and other types.

  2. averyclaire says:

    You are doing a beautiful job on the scissor case! Very nice. You must buy yourself a thimble. The one with the ridge on the top is the one I like best. They are not expensive. Love your Christmas ornament too!

    • Alice C. says:

      Thanks, Karen! Yes, I did break down and order a couple of different thimbles last night. So, hopefully I’ll be stitching again soon!

  3. Catherine says:

    It looks like you are progressing very well! I will keep in mind the tip about the thimble. I have a couple but am a real clutz when trying to use them!

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