Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ballerina Pillow Project - Part Seven

I have an update to my ballerina pillow project.  If you remember from my last post on this project, I was beginning to stitch the motif for the pillow back. 

I have completed all the stitching. I used the fishbone stitch for the leaves, the long and short stitch for the rose, and the stem stitch for the rose outline. 

For the swirly lines, I used the double knot stitch :

Then I added a line of back stitch to each edge of the double knot stitch.   I used green floss on the back stitch to add interest.   Here is a little better view of the green:

Once I finished the stitching, I compared it to the stitching on the piece that will be the pillow front.  They look great together except

I used this rainbow blending filament to add sparkle to the stitching on the ballet costumes.  It really added an extra dimension so I decided to add some of the filament to the back piece too.

Once that was done, my next step was to rinse out all the blue water soluble marker pen lines.

Give it a final pressing with the iron {on the underside!}

After all the wrinkles were ironed out, I snipped off any remaining thread tails:

My next steps will be to sew the back and front pieces together

  make a final decision on any trim I am going to add:

and finish the pillow!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Here Comes Santa Claus!

I have a new pattern set in my Etsy shop!  This one is all about Santa Claus. 

There is plenty of time before Christmas so I am stitching up a lot of samples - there are 51 different motifs in this set! 

I really like this little elf.  Wouldn't he look good in these green and red metallics?  

Also, this "Here Comes Santa Claus" text.  You can see part of Santa's North Pole house too...: 

I can't wait to stitch this Santa and reindeer.  I have already transferred the motif to some fabric :)

And this 2014 tree!  I think this will make a beautiful card or stitched ornament. 
I also included a number set so any year combination can be stitched:

I took the time to pull out all my metallic floss and beautiful Christmas trims to start getting some project ideas:

Here is a view of the pattern set. 

It is available here

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Triceratops Project - Part Four

 Since my last update to this project, I have made a bit of progress on some of the leaves of this big tree.  I outlined them with stem stitch.  To fill them, I am using lines of running stitch.  I really like the effect!

I outlined the volcano and added some red to the interior...not sure yet if I will also add some yellow and orange: 

Now for the lettering.  I wanted to stitch the word Triceratops in a bright, bold color.   I chose this orange -  DMC #741:

I am stitching the top of each letter with three strands of floss and using the stem stitch.

For inside the letters, I am using vertical lines of straight stitch with only one strand of floss:

I love the color palette on this project!  However, I am missing two floss color numbers.  The lightest green from the plants and the brown from the volcano...when I figure out those two numbers, I will add them to my list: 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Salad Picture - Part One

I am starting a new project!  I am going to make an embroidered picture to put in this black picture frame.  This frame is a nice wood frame, it measures about 11" x 9"  with a 9-1/2" x 7-1/2" opening.

I am using some motifs from my Salad Fixings embroidery pattern, four to be exact.  I love these motifs because they each feature a little set of vegetables, each has the same enhancements of X's and French knots.  They are all sized to be used together in a project.  There are radishes, mushrooms, onions and carrots:

I transferred the motifs onto white fabric:

Now it is time to start selecting floss colors!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ballerina Pillow Project - Part Six

 I have started on the back panel of the ballerina pillow! 

If you remember from my last post on this project,   I was deciding which motif to use for the back panel.    {You can read my other posts about this project here: {part one} {part two} {part three{part four} }  

I decided to go with this one - a beautiful rose and some swirly lines. 

I chose this one because it is about the same size vertically as the motif on the front panel. 

To start on the back panel, I first placed the fabric for the back panel over the front panel:

I lined up the two edges and pinned both panels together.  I could see the front panel motif through the fabric so it was easy to center the motif for the back panel both vertically and horizontally.

I made a mark indicating the top edge, middle and the bottom edge as well as the left and right edges of the motif:

Once I had the spacing correct, I taped the motif to my cutting mat and put the back panel fabric over it, making sure to line up the marks:

I transferred the motif to the fabric using a water soluble marker:


I think this will look really beautiful for the back of the pillow:

Now to stitch the back....I have the leaves done and part of the rose.  You probably recognize the fishbone stitch that I am using on the leaves.  I love doing that stitch and I think it is the perfect stitch for leaves! 

I am not sure which colors or stitch I will use for the swirly lines.

I will be back soon with part seven!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Triceratops Project - Part Three

 My Triceratops project is moving right along!  You can read the other posts in this project here: {part one} {part two}. 

I have the Triceratops outlined in stem stitch.  Stem stitch is a nice stitch to use for outlining and easy to do around curves.  It gives a smooth line that has depth and visual interest. 

I used concentric rings of back stitch for his eye.

 He has some accent lines around on his frill that I am going to stitch in a deeper color green.  I think I will use it add some accent lines around his toes too.

I started chain stitching around this big prehistoric plant.  I have one of these plants on either side of the lettering of Triceratops.   

For the volcano eruption, I am using a variety of shades of orange, yellow and red.  I don't know what color I am going to use for the volcano, maybe a dark charcoal-gray?

The palm tree trunk is all stitched.  I used the stem stitch for the outline and chain stitch for the diagonal accent lines.  To further set the diagonals off, I am adding a single line of back stitch in black under each diagonal.  It really adds dimension! 

I will be sure to continue to post my progress on this project!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

100 Stitches - Overcast Bars

Overcast bars - this is the next stitch on my 100 Stitches list.   

This is a really beautiful stitch and one I found very easy to learn.  At least my version!  The instructions were not very clear on beginning and ending the stitch so I improvised and I think it looks just fine:


This stitch is from the Drawn Thread Embroidery category, so I used medium to loose weave linen fabric.  For the floss, I used perle cotton, this is color variations DMC #4180. 

The first step is to draw out the horizontal threads in the section to be stitched.  The vertical threads are left in place and the overcasting is done around them.

According to the picture in 100 Stitches, this stitch is worked from right to left. 

I brought the needle up through the fabric at the bottom of the right side of the stitching area:

I pulled the floss all the way through and then carefully slid the needle behind four of the vertical threads:

I pulled the floss all the way through:

And then brought the needle back around and slid the needle behind the same four threads. 

I drew the floss tight and that made the first overcast stitch:

I just continued overcast stitching all the way to the top of the four threads:

Then I slid the needle behind the next four threads and overcast stitched them in the same way as the first group:

I continued in the same way overcast stitching each group.  When I was done, I went back into the fabric and tied a knot on the underside. 

Here is a look at the underside of the stitching:

Isn't this a beautiful stitch?  I love it in this pink color variations floss. 

I also wanted to try this in white floss:

I like it in white too! 

Overcast Bars is #81 on the 100 Stitches list and in in the Drawn Thread Embroidery Category.