Finally I decided on the background or backdrop of the banner and it was a piece of French linen with some red strips which looked good when I put the H and S applique letters that I cut out on it. The piece of vintage quilt I bought looked all wrong but will be used for something else later down the line.
Then I appliqued on the two large letters and have embroidered the rest of the letters to Homespun Stitchworks which will stand out at a vintage fair. The banner is about 20 inches by 20 inches and also will have a few stitchery sayings embroidered on. There is a little bit of English paper piecing going on in the same beautiful paisley fabric as the the two large letter along with buttons and lace.
It will be backed with a beautiful piece of paisley fabric as well and will have its first public appearance in October at the Vintage Bazaar in Frome on Saturday 31st October.
It is all hand stitched except the backing will be machined on finally along with the ribbon at the top to tie it on where ever is needed.
I am enjoying doing it along with another piece I am working on for a valentines publication next year ( I know it seems crazy this far in advance but that is the world of magazines especially when they are only quarterly)
I am enjoying stitching the banner and hope it will become a firm favourite for people to look out for. I am also making up inspiration packs to sell at the at the VB as well so there will be some stunning fabrics in these including beautiful paisleys and some vintage mother of pearl buttons as well. Probably some ribbon too .... So I hope to see a few of you there.
I am using some of my lovely hand dyed shaker threads on the banner and I am starting to get low on one of my favourites 'holly berry', which is a beautiful cranberry red colour, thank goodness I am returning to pick up more in October just before the VB ( will be slightly busy month)...
Anyway next week should see the banner done I hope so I will put a finished picture on here for you all to see.
Have a wonderful day and of course Happy Stitching!