Dig House Progress

Dig House Texture

Dig House Texture

I’ve not finished the Dig House panel yet, but I’m working on it!

I’ve tried to add detail and shading to the walls of the house by running threads underneath the top layer of felt, and then running the embellisher over the top to help that added layer to show through a little more.

Dig House Progress

Dig House Progress

I’m also adding a lot of detached chain stitch leaves to the trees. This is overbalancing the detail on the whole piece, pulling the eye out to the side, so although I still need to do more of this, I need to sharpen up the details on the central section a bit more as well.

It’s easy to make this sort of mistake when you’re making something up as you go along – they don’t always arrive in your head fully formed! – but fortunately, a bit of my favourite thoughtful staring helped me to work out what I need to do.

Now it is just a matter of actually doing it right….


  1. Lady Fi says:

    It’s looking really good.

  2. Mam says:

    Truly, this is painting with stitches.

  3. Catherine says:

    It’s looking lovely and I’m sure once you add in your extra details you will be very pleased with the result!

  4. Sheryl says:

    Interesting work Rachel, I love the way you have embroidered the larger tree and shall look forward to seeing what details you add to help the balance – perhaps with a touch of subtle colour somewhere

  5. I must try thoughtful staring ……..

  6. Erica Marsden says:

    Rachel, Dig House is looking to be an interesting piece. I am looking forward to seeing how you meet the challenge of drawing the eye to the house itself. I too am doing thoughtful staring – with much of it still ahead of me as I embark on a quilt for my youngest grand daughter, Ramona. No pattern; an overall vision, but, like you, most will eventuate on the hoof. I am so hopeless at drawing that I really can’t be bothered putting the time in to draw my vision. I would end up being so frustrated that I put my efforts into the quilt itself.

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    This is really progressing well.

  8. jenclair says:

    Love the texture of the trees. 🙂

  9. Karen says:

    I really like the make-it-up-as-you-go-along approach. There are so many more surprises along the way! This is looking lovely. I like the detached chain stitches; very effective.

  10. Terrie says:

    Very nice textures and shades with stitches on felt.

  11. I love all the texture and layers you’ve created, as well as the embroidered leaves you’ve added to the trees.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!