The blanket that I was working on came out in a fun manner, but not quite as I thought that it would. I used the same set of sheets that I have made many other projects from in the past few weeks as the backing, and then a light colored piece of linen for the front
To add some fun to the top of the blanket, I chose to hand embroider a few circles in different pieces from my fabric stash. One of the things that I like about the circles is the sort of random nature they bring to the blanket. I just sewed them on wherever my hand took me, and there is no pattern or “sense” to their placement.
If I had to do it over again (or perhaps add on in the future), I would have bound the blanket, rather then just zigzagging around. I think that it would have added another color dimension to the finished piece. For now, the kids were eager to cuddle up under it, and I just couldn’t resist their excitement.
In the end, even though the blanket is perfect sized for the children while reading or snuggling in the evenings, I think that it may be used more for an outdoor playmat. The draping is a bit stiff, and I think that it will work well for picnics and days at the river enjoying the coming fall foliage.
It was a fun piece to sew, and I think that I have fallen in love with using embroidered circles as embellishment.
Whatever this piece brings, it is a fun addition to our collection.