I am going to make a little mess of these. One turned out premie size because I just had a little piece of fabric and it kind of turned out small when I squared it up. No matter, these are mostly for heirloom purposes anyway.
They are so cute! And pretty easy to make. The bullion stitch roses are actually the hardest part of the whole process.
Then all you do is put on the embroidery, put in a few little stitches to form the bonnet, and put the ribbon in. I got some pretty nice double-sided 1/4" ribbon to use to draw up the back of the bonnet and make the ties.
Where did the big improvement come from?
Backstitching around the outline of the shape before doing any satin stitching. This is actually padded satin stitch with two layers. I know that Mary Corbett at Needle 'N Thread recommends split stitching around the outline (I think) but I prefer back stitching. Works like a charm! I've started outlining my shapes for fishbone stitch as well.
I also am thinking of either purchasing or making my own laying tool. That would probably help as well.
That will wrap things up for now. I'm working on some old projects trying to get them finished up, someday soon I will finish the Ugly Christmas Quilt 2020 and put some pics up of that. TTFN!