Embroidery on mesh food covers
With my husband's unemployment and the big fire, the past months have majorly disrupted our lives. It isn't always easy to keep going whilst student numbers dwindle and webshop sales are low. And although you see the same thing happening to other excellent colleagues, you also see some embroidery businesses doing really well (or at least that's what their social media shows). This does make me feel very low and insecure at times. What's the way forward? One thing I am going to change over the coming months is the lay-out of my studio. At present it is completely geared towards embroidery tuition and webshop stock. As I want to stitch more myself in the new year, the new lay-out should better accommodate my own work routine. So, I have started to declutter and sort through my gigantic stash. And that's when I re-discovered a stack of mesh food covers!
A couple of years ago, I decorated the above food cover with silk ribbon and stumpwork as a gift for a friend. It was inspired by the embroidery of Lesley Turpin-Delport and Nikki Delport-Wepener. It was great fun to do, but it took a very long time and the end-result was maybe not very practical :).
So, in my search for 'quick' and 'practical', yet fun, I came up with the above. After all, the mesh of a food cover does resemble canvas. But beware! Not all food covers are equal. Some have a beautiful regular mesh and others have only partial regular mesh. Inspect them closely before using or you are in for a stint of backwards stitching.
Other points to keep in mind when you would like to pimp your food cover:
- be careful when carrying threads on the back...
- use long threads to minimize starting and ending...
- double your thread with the two tails in your needle and start with loop for anchoring on the back...
Have a fabulous week!
Good luck through the bad times! There is light st the end of every tunnel if you are patient. All good wishes. Ros
I know Ros, however, wouldn't it be nice to have at least guidance lighting along the ceiling?
That's probably why I grew tired of them so quickly; I prefer real life :)! Thanks for the compliment regarding the foodcovers. They are indeed fun to stitch!
What a great way to use embroidery as an embellishment! They look really lovely.
Oh, dear, I am sorry to hear Catherine! It seems like people don't want to plan ahead anymore. They book everything at the last minute. It is like the whole world is holding it's breath. Hope we get a more positive vibe soon!
I have gone through the unemployment bit myself, so I feel for you both. I wish you the best in these hard times. I think your food cover work is pretty, however, everything now is plastic containers that are dishwasher and microwave oven safe, which for me, it is more convenient. I have not seen a mesh cover one, at least here in the US, since 1957.
That's interesting Velia! I thought they were always made of metal mesh :). I don't think I ever saw a plastic one. They are widely available here from the 'pretty' home-deco shops.
Jessica, I have been in the unemployed statistics myself. It is so stressful and demoralising and in the end, depressing. I do feel for you both.
Thanks for the tip on the Stitchery Stories Erica! I will enjoy listening to that. Strangely, now that I was not so positive in my blog post, help has come from several corners of the earth :). Very grateful!
Jessica, I am so pleased for you! Keep smiling...and have a wonderful week.
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