What makes Sunbonnet Sue sweeter than she already is?
Wing Needle Stitches!
~~~~ A link to purchase Susie is at the bottom of this page ~~~~
I’ve been hanging onto this idea for a long time. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make one. Maybe hearing people say they are sick of them. There are a lot of them available.
But I still like them and wanted to make this one not so much for quilting but dressing her up a bit with specialty stitches.
I sewed her on a medium weight cotton/linen table runner embroidery blank with a wide hemstitched hem.
If you like this design, please let me know so I can make others to go with her.
I make many of my own stitches. In this case the wing needle stitches, the eyelets, and the woven fill on her hat.
My plan is to repeat her or make a second one, and sew her on the other end of the table runner. Then the center is open season for more wing needle. Should I put it on my night stand or make a pillow out of it. Hmmm!
I have a new day bed to decorate. Maybe I should make two!
My favorite color combination is pink, green, and cream. So there you have the colors. Smiles
I took this photo with light behind her so you can see the wing needle effect. A large jeans needle gives the same effect. It’s just not as prominent, but still very pretty.
- Medium weight 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend fabric or embroidery blank – I used a table runner embroidery blank of medium weight cotton with a wide hemstitched edge. Wing Needle stitches sew best on natural fabrics where the wing part of the needle can separate the fibers of the fabric. I do not recommend polyester, acrylic, or man made fabrics.
- Medium weight soft tear away stabilizer – I used 2 layers
- Wing Needle – I used size 100 Schmetz.
- OR a large jeans needle will give the same effect just not as dramatic but still very pretty.
To find out if you can use a wing needle please visit my tutorial.
- Top Stitch Needle – I used size 12 Schmetz
- Machine Embroidery threads #40 weight – colors desired. I used:
- white to match the fabric
- pale pink, light pink
- pale green, light green
- flesh, flesh 2 shades darker for outlines & details
- cream for the white areas
- Light tan for details over cream areas
- 2 shades darker than cream for shade under her brim
- light red brown for shoes
- light blue for flowers
- soft yellow for flower centers
- Susie – Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue
- 160 x 245 mm
- Formats EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3
- Includes PDF instructions
Zoom in on the pictures for her details and the stitches I made for her
Absolutely! I want to my Sunbonnet Sue!
“Nonsense! If you want to do it, you can do it. The question is, do you want to do it?”
― Nellie Bly, Around the World in Seventy-Two Days
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