Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mini-Cards From Blueberry Suite

I am so excited to share what I just bought from Etsy!
Do these look familiar?

Do you remember a while back when I made my Happy Birthday Clipart set?  

Well, my talented sister purchased the set and started using the clip-art and digital papers.  She has created the sweetest set of mini-cards, tags and envelopes.  

She is selling them in her Etsy shop Blueberry Suite.

I bought mine today.

Here are the mini cards:

And the envelopes - either plain white or green polka-dot, they look wonderful in combination with all the cards:

Also, the gift tags - these are so pretty!  She blogged about this set {here} and you can see in her post that she used baker's twine for the string - - I used this ribbon

and it also looks beautiful with pom-pom trim:

The best thing about her set is that it is a digital download - you can print it and use these beautiful items over and over as many times as you want.  Plus it is really easy to use - I just bought mine this morning and have been having fun with these all day:

There are easy-to-follow instructions for making the envelopes and for cutting out the cards and tags included with the set.

If you want to check out her fun and inspiring blog, you can find it here: Blueberry Suite 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Autumn Projects - Part Five

You may remember way back to my list of Autumn projects

Finally...I finished the third one!

The last time I posted about this, I had just started stitching this border on the lower edge of a tea towel:

I was also considering different trims to use once this towel was hemmed:

I have finished all the embroidery and instead of using one of the trims, I decided to add a line of decorative stitching. 

I measured 1/8" in from the bottom of the tea towel and using a water soluble marker, drew a stitching line parallel to the bottom of the tea towel: 

Then I stitched a line of Double Knot Stitch.  I used perle cotton floss, this is color variations by DMC #4130.

I think this looks so pretty!  The line of Double Knot Stitch is a nice echo of all the French Knots in this border.

Here is a list of the floss colors and numbers that I used for my project:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ladybug Embroidery Project Part One

I selected this little ladybug and flowers motif from my Ladybug Embroidery Pattern and I am getting ready to stitch it up. 

This is a sweet little motif with a lot of room for interesting stitches.  I am going to challenge myself to use as large a variety as possible!

 I have transferred the pattern to my fabric with a water soluble marker.  {You can read about my methods for transferring motifs to fabric here}

Now I am selecting my color palette.  I think I will go with red and black for the ladybug and maybe some yellow and cool blues for the flowers?

I will be sure to post my progress!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July Stitching Part Four - Finish!

I have a finish to share - and just in time!  I started this project here: {part one} - if interested, you can read my progress posts: {two} and {three}.

This is a 17" x 17" table topper, great for a 4th of July picnic table or serving table.

Here is an aerial shot of the finished piece.  I love the way the blue running stitch framed this: 

Each of the four corners has a different motif:

Since my last post, I removed the yellow straight stitching from the firecracker spark and replaced it with silver metallic cord:

I also used the metallic cord for the flag pole:

Here is my color palette along with the floss numbers:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Le Chat - Part Two

I have an update to share on my Le Chat work-in-progress.  You may remember this kitty from my earlier post {here}.   Since that post, he has been outlined in gray floss and had all his features stitched.

Once I finish the bicycle basket, I think he will look very comfortable surrounded by these beautiful flowers.  

I stitched the flowers in Straight Stitch with French Knot centers.

For the kitty's collar, I used Stem Stitch for the pink outline and Satin Stitch for the jewels.  I really love his eyes - this is blending filament satin stitched:

Here are the floss colors I have used so far.  I am still wondering about the best color to use for the bicycle basket...

I will keep you updated on my progress with this project!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Whipped Blanket Stitch

I have a stitch from my 100 Stitches Plus list * to share. This is the Whipped Blanket Stitch.  

I have admired this as a decorative stitch,and wanted to learn how to do it.   I found the instructions in the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.  

The first step is to make a line of blanket stitch.  I used perle cotton floss - this is dmc color variations #3840.  Then I selected a nice contrasting color for the whipping - this blue is dmc #798.

The first step is to come up through the fabric on the right edge - just below the horizontal line of blanket stitching: 

Pull the floss all the way through:

 Then bring the needle around and slide it under the horizontal line of the blanket stitch - in between the two vertical lines of the stitch.  Don't pierce the fabric, just slide on top of it.

 Pull the floss all the way and this will create the first wrap or whip around the horizontal line:

Here is a better look at the whip:

Now, just like before, bring the needle around and slide it down between the next two vertical lines of stitching and under the horizontal line:

Pull the floss through:

and just continue doing those same steps all along the line of blanket stitching.

To finish mine, I just went back into the fabric when I reached the end of the vertical stitching lines: 

 Then I secured my floss on the underside:

This is an easy stitch to do and I am really looking forward to using this as a decorative edging.
I like the contrasting colors!  I also think it would look good with tone on tone or with a metallic floss for the whipping.

This stitch is in the Looped Stitches category.

* 100 Stitches Plus
 You may have noticed in my last post, the "100 Stitches Plus" title with a list of categorized stitches. I will be adding to this list as I continue to learn new stitches - you can read about how this all started and my plans to continue here .  
If you want to see any of the 100 Stitches Plus posts, you can click on the 100 Stitches Plus icon on the left side of this blog or follow the label link.

Friday, June 12, 2015

100 Stitches Plus - Stitch List By Category

Click on the stitch name to see the corresponding post.

Category :  Flat Stitches

     Stem Stitch
     Pekinese Stitch
     Cable Stitch
     Running Stitch and Laced Running Stitch
     Fern Stitch
     Satin Stitch
     Back Stitch and Threaded Back Stitch
     Straight Stitch
     Long and Short Stitch
     Flat Stitch
     Fishbone Stitch
     Open Fishbone Stitch
     Leaf Stitch
     Roumanian Stitch
     Herringbone Stitch 
     Threaded Herringbone Stitch
     Double Back Stitch
     Chevron Stitch
     Overcast Stitch
     Cross Stitch
     Holbein Stitch
     Eyelet Holes
     Portuguese Stem Stitch

Category :  Looped Stitches

     Blanket stitch or Buttonhole Stitch
     Whipped Blanket Stitch
     Closed Buttonhole Stitch
     Knotted Buttonhole Stitch
     Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
     Buttonhole Stitch with Picot
     Button hole Stitch Bars 
     Double Buttonhole Stitch Bars
     Feather Stitch
     Closed Feather Stitch
     Chained Feather Stitch
     Scroll Stitch
     Loop Stitch
     Vandyke Stitch
     Cretan Stitch
     Open Cretan Stitch
     Ladder Stitch
     Fly Stitch

Category : Linked Stitches

     Chain Stitch
     Lazy Daisy Stitch
     Twisted Chain Stitch
     Open Chain Stitch
     Zig-zag Chain Stitch
     Heavy Chain Stitch
     Cable Chain Stitch
     Zig-zag Cable Chain Stitch
     Checkered Chain Stitch
     Rosette Chain Stitch
     Singalese Chain Stitch
     Split Stitch
     Wheatear Stitch

Category : Knotted Stitches

     French Knot
     Bullion Stitch
     Coral Stitch
     Zig-zag Coral Stitch
     Knot Stitch Edging
     Knotted Cable Chain Stitch
     Double Knot Stitch
     Spanish Knotted Feather Stitch

Category : Composite Stitches

     Interlaced Band Stitch
     Interlacing Stitch
     Maltese Cross
     Portuguese Border Stitch
     Raised Chain Band
     Step Stitch
    Striped Woven Band

Category : Couching and Filling Stitches

     Roumanian Couching
     Bokhara Couching
     Trellis or Jacobean Couching
     Sheaf Filling Stitch
     Seeding Stitch
     Spider Web Filling Stitch
     Punch Stitch

Category : Drawn Thread Embroidery

     Interlaced Hemstitch
     Zig-zag Hemstitch
     Hemstitch with Coral Stitch Clusters
     Double or Italian Hemstitch
     Overcast Bars
     Woven Bars

Category : Canvas Embroidery

     Tent Stitch
     Gobelin Stitch
     Double Cross Stitch
     Long-legged Cross Stitch
     Rice Stitch
     Knotted Stitch

Category : Drawn Fabric Embroidery

     Star Eyelet
     Honeycomb Filling Stitch
     Wave Stitch Filling
     Diagonal Raised Band
     Ringed Back Stitch Filling
     Mosaic Filling
     Pin Stitch
     Three-sided Stitch
     Four-sided Stitch

Category : Insertion Stitches

     Buttonhole Insertion Stitch
     Twisted Insertion Stitch
     Knotted Insertion Stitch