Saturday, June 24, 2017

Folk Art Flowers Embroidery

This motif I am currently stitching is from a new embroidery pattern set available in my Etsy shop!
This one is called Folk Art Flowers.  
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a screen shot I shared that showed my in-progress drawing of this set: 

These folk art style flowers are so fun to draw and perfect for hand embroidery.  I am really looking forward to stitching all of them!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Basket Filling Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post!

This beautiful stitch, called the Basket Filling Stitch is the latest stitch I have learned.   This is a really easy stitch to do and I love the "basket weave" effect it gives.

For my demonstration, I am using a color variations perle cotton floss. This is DMC color number 4200. 

The Basket Filling Stitch is also called the Basket Satin Stitch because it is made up of vertical and horizontal Satin Stitches - {which are just individual Straight Stitches}.  The stitches are arranged in blocks of four stitches.  The blocks alternate between vertical and horizontal. 

To start, I came up through the fabric:

and made my first vertical stitch:

then the second:

and then two more for a total of four evenly spaced stitches:

Then I started the horizontal block:

making four evenly spaced horizontal stitches. Notice that this block is slightly smaller {height-wise} than the vertical block.  This is important for the basket weaving effect: 

Now another block of vertical stitches.  Notice this block is the same size as the first vertical block:

And now for the next block - starting a new row.  This is going to be a horizontal block.  Notice this is going to be a bit bigger {width wise} than the vertical block above it.  Again, this is important for the basket weave effect:

I continued alternating blocks

Until I formed a three block by three block square.

 Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:


This stitch is from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Summer Embroidery Pattern

 I have a new embroidery pattern set available in my Etsy shop!  
This set is called Summer 

and as the title suggests :) is full of summertime themed motifs.

Here is a look at the pattern set: 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flamingo Embroidery

 You may remember back to the post where I introduced my Florida embroidery pattern.  
In that post I shared the finished marlin motif and I was beginning work on the big flamingo motif. 

I outlined and then filled the flamingo in Back Stitch
I used Satin Stitch for his eye and Double Knot Stitch for his wings:

For his legs, I used Blanket Stitch and Back Stitch, then I filled his feet in with Back Stitch:

I love these two motifs, I think they look wonderful together:

Here are the floss color numbers I used:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Croatian Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This time, it is the Croatian Stitch.
This stitch is basically made up of a Running Stitch outline around a shape that is then laced to fill the open area within the shape. 
This is categorized as a filling stitch and can be used on a variety of shapes.   

The shape I chose to fill for this demonstration is an oval. 
For the floss, I chose perle cotton.  I selected two different colors - blue {dmc 807 } and coral {dmc 351}:

The first step is to come up through the fabric at one edge of the shape:

Then stitch around the shape using the Running Stitch:

I went back into the fabric when the outline was complete and secured my floss underneath.  
Notice that the Running Stitches are evenly spaced vertically along the oval.  This will make the next step of lacing much easier!

Now for the lacing with the coral colored floss:

I came up through the fabric right next to one of the Running Stitches:

Next, I slid the needle under the Running Stitch directly across from the stitch where my needle just emerged.  Notice that I am not going back into the fabric or picking up any fabric.  I am just sliding the needle along the top of the fabric but under the Running Stitch:

 I pulled the thread all the way across and then brought my needle around and slid under the next set of Running Stitches:

I pulled the thread all the way across and brought the needle around to go under the next set of Running Stitches:

and so on until I reached the top:

Then I went back into the fabric:

and secured my thread underneath.  Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

Isn't this an easy stitch?  I am going to have to experiment on different shapes to see how I can incorporate this stitch into my embroidery projects. 

I learned this stitch from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Florida Embroidery Pattern

There is a new embroidery pattern set available in my shop!  This one is titled Florida.   
The blue marlin {above} is from this set.  There are 11 pages of motifs featuring many of the iconic images of the Sunshine State.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of  my "drawing in progress" screen captures:

Now that I have finished stitching the marlin, I am starting on this beautiful flamingo:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Project

 I finished the stitching on another of the motifs in the Hot Air Balloon embroidery pattern set.  This one features a balloon caught in a storm.

For the clouds and wind I used variegated color floss. I love to use this floss because the progression of color along the floss gives a sense of movement.  This effect is perfect for stitching storm clouds!  All of these lines are done with Stem Stitch:   

For the sun, I used Stem Stitch and Straight Stitch

The balloon is outlined with Back Stitch.  The middle curved line is Double Knot Stitch and the other two are Stem Stitch. The "rosettes" on the middle curved line and the bottom curved line are Buttonhole Stitch. The top curved line has French Knots The big pink X's are Stem Stitch with a Cross Stitch at each center point. 

The basket is outlined in Back Stitch.  The top half is Whipped Stem Stitch.  I used Straight Stitches for the fill: 

I am recording all the details about this project for my embroidery journal

Here is the list of floss colors I used: