Spring 2024: Google ended its email subscription service in 2021. I believe I've found a replacement, but haven't had time to test it. I have been stitching a little bit here and there and have some posts ready for when the email subscription is active again. Fingers crossed, I'll have time to rouse this blog out of its dormancy sometime this year.

01 March 2021

Time to Give it a Rest

I've come to the end of the 'challenging' hares on Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace embroidered accessories set. This should be the last critter with tricky areas to stitch. I'm also going to share how I'm working the hares' eyes which is different from the kit instructions.

This comparatively large embroidered panel is the front of a travel pouch. All the flower stalks--and there are many--were embroidered before starting on the hare.

Embroidered flower stems from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

This is Jenny's original travel pouch which looks to be a very nice item when finished. It has a plastic window and closes with a zipper. The hare on the front is having a lie down.

Queen Anne's Lace Travel Pouch by Jenny McWhinney

With the cats' supervision--there's always more than one on my lap--I started on the resting hare. I expected this one to be interesting around the right front paw where the elbow curves upwards. It's a tight curve in a tiny area.

As the design is wide, but not very tall a standard round hoop wouldn't work without moving it around the embroidery. I considered some ovals and then noticed a different shape of hoop which has lain unused in my stash for several years. It's a Hardwicke Manor 'square round' and it worked great for this horizontal design. It held the fabric just as taut as a round or oval hoop, and didn't have any of the problems I've encountered with square hoops which don't hold well on the corners. I will be using this hoop more often in the future!

Beginning to embroider a hare from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace
Jing Jing mimicking the hare's pose?

The back end of the critter turned out reasonably well:

Embroidered feet and rear of hare from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

The front right paw worked out OK. It could be a little bit neater, but it's not bad.

Embroidered body of hare from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

The head and ears look good (almost done!):

Body of embroidered hare nearly complete from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

All of the Queen Anne's Lace kits come with black beads for the eyes, but I have chosen to embroider the eyes instead. First, I outline the eye with split stitch using the next darker colour to the surrounding embroidery. This creates a subtle shadow and definition around the eye. (These photos have been over-sharpened to show detail.)

-Embroidered eye (outline) from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

Then I fill with some black for the pupil. Because this hare is so small I stitch halfway into the split stitched outline so that I'm not left with too much of the outline showing. I just want a sliver of outline visible when I'm done. Magnification is very helpful with this!

Embroidered eye detail (pupil) from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

Finally, the white part of the eye and the highlight are added:

Embroidered hare's eye (detail) complete from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

The flower heads were completed along with the writing below the hare:

Embroidered hare nearly complete from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

Detail of embroidered hare from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

To finish off, the tail--left untrimmed for now--was added:

Embroidered hare (for the travel pouch) from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

This recumbent hare has inspired me to give these hares a rest as well. I only have two to go, and they should be fairly easy, but I want to take a break from these guys.


  1. The embroidered eyes work really well!

    1. Yes, I like them, too. My experiment worked! :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing, very helpful. Beautiful work, as always. I enjoy seeing your projects.

  3. can you post the pattern PDF as I am unable to buy the pattern any more.

    1. No, I cannot post the pattern. It is a copyrighted design and it would be illegal, not to mention inappropriate, for me to post the design.

      I would suggest that you contact The Bobbin Tree and see if they can source the pattern/instructions for you.