Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Washington State Embroidery

 I have a new embroidery pattern available in my Etsy shop.  

This one is called Washington State and includes  motifs of many of the popular features of the Evergreen State. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this screen shot taken while I was drawing this pattern set:

Currently, I am embroidering this state outline motif:

Notice the Fishbone Stitch I used for all the leaves?  I used the Long and Short Stitch for the rhododendron blossoms, the Straight Stitch for the wheat heads, the Back Stitch for the text, the cherries and the Granny Smith apple:

I think this project will take a bit of time, since there are so many different items to stitch!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reversed Fly Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  I have just learned to do the Reversed Fly Stitch.

Isn't this a beautiful stitch?  This is used as either a line or a filling stitch.

For my demonstration, I am using perle cotton floss - this is DMC Color Variations no. 4022.

The first step is to form a regular Fly Stitch.  Come up through the fabric:

pull all the way through:

go back into the fabric a little to the right of where your needle first emerged:

Start pulling the floss through and you can see a loop forming:

Now before pulling all the way through, come back up through the fabric - notice the needle is coming up  between and a bit below the spots where the floss first emerged and first went back into the fabric.  Also, the needle will pass over the floss loop as you pull:

When you have pulled all the way through, go back into the fabric and this will complete the Fly Stitch:

Now for the reversed part of the Reversed Fly Stitch!  Start by coming up through the fabric below your first Fly Stitch:

Pull all the way through and go back into the fabric a little to the right of where the floss just emerged:

 Start pulling through to form the loop:

and just like before, bring your needle up through the fabric as the loop is forming.  Notice that the needle is coming up above the first Fly Stitch:

Pull all the way through:

and go back into the fabric to complete the stitch:

Done!  This stitch looks really beautiful when done in columns or rows:

I did a column of three - I am going to practice with different spacing and trying this in rows.  

Here is a view of the underside of this stitch:

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easter Embroidery Project

 I am getting started on a new embroidery project.  Hopefully, I can get this done before Easter.  

You may remember the Easter napkin set I made last year?  I finished that one right in time as well :)

This year, I am embroidering an egg basket with flowers and a spring flower border.  Both of these motifs are from the Easter embroidery pattern set.

For the ribbon and basket edges, I am using the Double Knot Stitch,  I just love using this stitch! 
To fill the inside of the ribbon, I may do a Straight Stitch in a single strand of floss.  

I have made a few color selections and I may add some more.  I will make sure to post my progress. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Shamrock Wreath

I wanted to share a project I recently finished for St. Patrick's day.  This shamrock wreath. 
I used a motif from my St. Patrick's day embroidery pattern set.  For the floss, I used perle cotton in three shades of green and gold metallic floss. 

The shamrock stems are done with Back Stitch, the leaves are done with Blanket Stitch and the gold dots are French Knots.  

Here is the color palette {with floss numbers} that I used for this project:

I still have plenty of time before the 17th for stitching something else from this set!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rose Stitch

Time to share the latest stitch I have learned.  Appropriately named the Rose Stitch, this one is categorized as a decorative or motif stitch.  Isn't it beautiful?

This stitch could not be easier to do.  It is made up of two stitches, a French Knot center and then concentric circles of overlapping Straight Stitches.    

For my demonstration, I used perle cotton floss.  The bright pink is DMC number 956 and the pale pink/white is DMC Color Variations number 4180. 

First, I used the bright pink floss:

and formed a single French Knot:

Next, I came back up through the fabric {still using the bright pink} right alongside the French Knot:

I pulled the floss all the way through and then went back into the fabric, forming a small slanting Straight Stitch:

I pulled all the way through and then came up through the fabric to form another slanting Straight Stitch.  Notice I started this one to overlap the first Straight Stitch:

I went back into the fabric and pulled all the way through to make the second Straight Stitch:

I continued around the French Knot, making overlapping Straight Stitches:

After making a full circle of stitches, I switched to the pale pink/white floss:

I came up through the fabric and started a new circle of overlapping Straight Stitches:

And another circle:

I did two circles in the pale pink/white floss, but if I wanted a bigger rose, I could have done several more circles.

Here is a look at the underside of the fabric after completing my stitching:

And the final result:

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