Saturday, May 28, 2016

Owl Embroidery Project - Part Two

You may remember my owl stitching project {part one}.  Since that post, I finished all the stitching.  
For the motif at the bottom, I did a Whipped Stem Stitch in blue with silver metallic cord:

I finished the owl with some French Knots on his wings and head:

I love the color palette I used on this sweet owl.  It really looks good with the blue and silver.
Here are the colors I used for this project:


Monday, May 23, 2016

Roman Filling Stitch

This interesting stitch is the Roman Filling Stitch. This is the latest stitch I have learned from my 100 Stitches Plus list.

I found the directions for this stitch in Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.  This stitch is made up of two stitches, a series of seven vertical Straight Stitches in varying lengths, each crossed with a tiny horizontal Straight Stitch.  It is a good stitch to use for filling in large shapes.

That sounds really simple and straightforward right?

For me, it was so hard to keep the stitch spacing even and my lines straight!  

I used a ruler and marked guidelines, but still....

For my demonstration, I used perle cotton floss in black and white.  With the single strand perle cotton it is so much easier to see my process.  I also spaced my stitches pretty far apart so that you can easily see them.

So first off, I drew two parallel guidelines 1/2" apart. I brought my needle up through the fabric on the top guideline.  I found it easiest to make the longest vertical Straight Stitch first and then space all the others off that.

I pulled all the way through and then went back into the fabric on the bottom guideline:

That formed the first Straight Stitch.

Then I added six more vertical Straight Stitches, evenly spaced with three on each side of the longest stitch.

When that was finished, the next step is the horizontal stitches across each vertical stitch.  I used white floss for this step:

I came up through the fabric alongside the first stitch on the left side:

and went back into the fabric on the right side of the first stitch:

I pulled all the way through to make the first horizontal Straight Stitch.  

Then I just repeated that over each of the vertical stitches:

Here is a view of the underside of the stitching:

This is a fairly simple stitch and I am looking forward to trying this as a filler for some larger shapes in my embroidery.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fox Embroidery Pattern

I have a new hand embroidery pattern set available in my Etsy shop.  
Titled Sly Fox, it features a sly little fox and his woodland home.  
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this picture:

I was having some fun coloring some of the images with art pencils. 

Since then, I have stitched up this image.  I really like his sweet face:

Especially his Satin Stitched eyes.  I used the Lazy Daisy stitch for the flowers:

There are so many images, text and borders in this pattern set.  I have a lot of projects planned.  Here is a look at the set:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Owl Embroidery Project Part One

I wanted to share my progress on an owl embroidery project I recently started.  These motifs are from my Owl embroidery pattern set.  I used this wide eyed owl, a moon and stars border motif, a swirly line motif, and some text.  I arranged them together and selected some floss colors: 

I have stitched several of the elements and I especially wanted to share the stitching I did for the moon.  This is Whipped Blanket Stitch that I wove with gold metallic cord: 

I stitched the stars with Straight Stitch and I  Couched the swirly lines.  I also added some French Knots.  
I love the shade of this blue floss.  It is DMC 322.  
For the stars, I used two strands of the blue and two strands of blending filament.  This is Kreinik 032.  For the swirly lines, I used six strands of the blue and couched them with four strands of the blending filament.  
The French Knots are also done with six strands of blue but two strands of blending filament.

The text turned out nicely - I used Stem Stitch and then a Blanket Stitch to add emphasis to the left line of the H:

I am just about finished with this project and I will be back with a part two post to share all the details.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wedding Wreath - Part Two

Do you remember the wedding wreath I started stitching?  I first posted about it here

Since that post, I have finished the wreath.  I think the colors are beautiful together.  Very feminine:

Inside the wreath, I added the bridal couple's initials and their wedding date:

I cut and pasted these letters and numbers from the Wedding embroidery pattern. 

I actually started stitching the initials before I started the wreath stitching but I didn't know if I wanted all the text in mint.  It might look like too much of one color?
I decided to stitch the whole wreath first and then decide: 

Here are the colors I used for the wreath - mint, light and dark pink, and {for sparkle} blending filament. Now I just need to make a decision for the text color! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Danish Knot

This is a row of Danish Knot Stitches.  This is the latest stitch I have learned on my 100 Stitches Plus journey.

I love using knotted stitches so I was happy to learn this new stitch!

The floss I am using is this beautiful color variations perle cotton from DMC.  This is number 4240.  The color variations make for an interesting color effect on these knots.

To start this very simple stitch, come up through the fabric:

Pull all the way through and go back into the fabric above and to the left of where the thread emerged:

Pull all the way through and this creates a small slanting stitch:

Next, come back up through the fabric to the left and alongside of the slanting stitch:

Pull all the way through:

Now bring the needle around and slide under the slanting stitch - do not go into the fabric, just slide the needle on top of the fabric but under the slanting stitch.  Notice the needle is passing to the left of where the thread just emerged:

Pull all the way across and a loop will begin to form around the slanting stitch:

Pull until the loop is securely formed and snug around the slanting stitch:

Now bring the needle around and again slide it under the slanting stitch - not picking up any fabric, just sliding over the fabric and under the slanting stitch.  Notice that this time the needle is passing on the right side of the emerging thread and also going over on top of that thread:

Pull and a loop will begin to form:

Just like the before, pull all the way until the loop is snug against the slanting stitch:

To finish, go back into the fabric right alongside the knot:

So easy!  

This stitch could be worked in a row or massed to fill a blank area.  I did mine in a row:

Here is a look at the underside after I finished the row and secured my thread:

To demonstrate this stitch, I made my slanting stitch rather large so that it was easy to see the technique of making the loops.  You can see by the above pictures that the two end of the slanting stitch show on either side of the knot.  
To use this stitch in embroidery, I think it is much better to make a small slanting stitch that the two looping stitches fill completely.  It looks much more compact and knotted.  I stitched another row using a smaller slanting stitch: 

I like this look much better!  I did an image search on this stitch and found examples of it done both ways.  

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