Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mid-Century Modern House Project Part One

I am starting a new stitching project that I would like to share.  This Mid-Century Modern house motif is from my Home Sweet Home pattern set.   

In planning my floss color palette,  I decided on browns, greens, turquoise and a touch of black.  

I did a little bit of stitching and the colors are looking really good together.

However, I think I need another bright color.  I don't think yellow will work because a yellow that is bright enough to stand out with the other colors might be too bright and would become a focal point.   Perhaps orange? 
I like all of these oranges and both of the butterscotch colors ... do you have a favorite?  Any other color suggestions?

I will keep you updated as I go along :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Butterfly Chain Stitch

Isn't this a beautiful stitch?! This is the Butterfly Chain Stitch and it is the newest stitch I have learned from my 100 Stitches Plus list.

The Butterfly Chain Stitch is actually a composite stitch,  made up of two stitches - the Straight Stitch and the Twisted Chain Stitch.  The Straight Stitches are stitched in clusters of three stitches and then the Twisted Chain Stitch is worked over each cluster.

This stitch can be worked using two different colors or weights of floss or you could also use the same floss for both stitches.  

I like this pink and gray combination of perle cottons.
The pink is DMC color variations 4180 and the gray is DMC 414. 

Even though this looks fairly straightforward...I found it very helpful to measure and mark a few guidelines!

I marked two parallel guidelines at 1/2" apart.  These will define the width of the Straight Stitches.

I also marked a line equidistant between the two parallel lines.  This will be the guideline for the Twisted Chain Stitch:

First up are the Straight Stitches

To form these, I came out of the fabric on one parallel guideline and went back into the fabric at the opposite parallel guideline:

Three Straight Stitches - fairly close together make up the first cluster:

The clusters should be spaced so that the space between each cluster is the same as the width of each cluster.  So for mine, my cluster is 1/4" wide so I started the next cluster 1/4" to the right of the first cluster.

And the same for the next cluster:

All the way to the end of the parallel guidelines:

Next is the Twisted Chain Stitch in pink:

To start, I came up through the fabric on the center guideline at the edge of the last Straight Stitch cluster:

I pulled the thread all the way through:

Then I brought it back around and slid the needle under the first stitch cluster.  Notice in this picture the needle tip is going under the Straight Stitches and the working thread but is not entering the fabric.  It is just sliding across it:

Now the needle goes over the working thread - this creates a loop: 

and as the thread is pulled:

It draws the Straight Stitches together in the center. Make sure to pull this nice and tight so it forms a butterfly :) 

Now repeat for the second cluster:

Sliding under the cluster and working thread and then over the working thread:

Keep working down the line of clusters until the final one - I went back into the fabric on the center guideline right next to my final chain loop/knot:

Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

And a final look with all the guidelines washed out:

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On My Worktable Today

I have quite a few stitching projects on my worktable today.  They are either in progress or just being planned. 

I am giving my two favorite transfer pens a real workout.  They both seem to be running low on ink - I hope I can transfer all of these images! 

I also wanted to share a very quick stitching I did yesterday.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen the finish but here are a few process pictures.  

I used this lazy daisy egg from the Easter pattern set. For my colors, I chose a variety of light spring pastels.  Notice the big skein?  That is a variegated perle cotton

that I used to outline the egg.  I used the Stem Stitch. A nice stitch for this application as it shows off the color gradations of the floss and it makes such a neat line to form the curved edges the egg:

I stitched all of the Lazy Daisy stitches and French Knots to fill the inside of the Easter egg and here is the finish:

I had fun with this one, it took me less than an hour to finish,  most of that time was spent choosing colors!

As for the color palette, here are the floss numbers:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Home Sweet Home Stitching Complete!

 I finished stitching my welcome motif from the Home Sweet Home embroidery pattern.   

I used a variety of stitches. Stem Stitch, Double Knot Stitch, French Knots, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Long and Short Stitch and of course, Back Stitch:

Oh and I almost forgot - the Fishbone Stitch!  I used that for the biggest purple and blue flowers:

You might remember when I started this project I had quite the color palette planned.  

As it turned out, I did the majority of the project using these beautiful colors:

and didn't use any of the black, gray or charcoal!

I think there is a nice balanced combination of colors and nothing stands out too much:  

Here are the floss numbers of the colors I used:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Crossed Blanket Stitch

This is the Crossed Blanket Stitch.  It is a variation on one of my favorite go-to stitches - the Blanket Stitch.  I am sure this variation will also be a favorite.  There are so many places to use the blanket stitch, it will be nice to have such a beautiful variation to use as well. 

I am adding this stitch to my 100 Stitches plus journey.  

I found this stitch to be easier to do if I made myself some guidelines.  Much like the Blanket Stitch, this one requires even spacing to look its best!

My first step was to draw the guidelines.  I drew two parallel lines. Mine are 1/2" apart - fairly wide and just for my demonstration - it is easier to see my steps.  I think 3/8" would be a better, neater looking size for this stitch. 

I worked this stitch from left to right.  The first step is to come up through the fabric on the bottom line:

Pull all the way through:

Next I went back into the fabric on the top guideline, a bit to the right of where my floss emerged:

I came back out of the fabric on the bottom guideline and right next to the spot where the floss first emerged.  Notice the needle is at a slant and that the tip of the needle is passing over the working floss:

Pull all the way through:

Next I brought the needle around to the top guideline and went back into the fabric a little to the left of where I first went in on the top guideline:

I came out on the bottom guideline - notice the needle is at a slant and the tip of the needle is again going over the working floss:

Pull all the way through:

That is the first stitch - notice it forms an "x".  I just continued those same steps

At the end of the bottom guideline, I went back into the fabric to end the line of stitching:

Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

When I was finished, I did this again with guidelines that were 3/8" apart.  I washed out the guidelines and here is the result.  I think the stitching looks better being a bit smaller:

Here is a close up view:

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