Friday, January 17, 2020

Valentine's Day Embroidery - Part One

I have a new work in progress to share.  I am embroidering a table runner for Valentine's Day.

This motif is actually from my Wedding embroidery pattern but I think it is perfect for Valentine's Day

After transferring the motif to my fabric with a water soluble marking pen, I stitched the three hearts.  I used Straight Stitch to fill the hearts and Stem Stitch to outline them.

Then I added these small seed beads for some sparkle.

Next step is embroidering the swirly lines ~not sure which stitch I will use~  and then adding either sequins or more beads...I haven't decided which yet!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Embroidered Holly Leaves

I have a new project finish to share - this holly leaves and berry motif from my Winter embroidery pattern.  

For the holly berries, I used two sizes of cup sequins.  The large sequin is a 12mm size and the smaller ones are 7mm.

The holly leaves are stitched with the Fishbone Stitch. The leaf center lines are Back Stitch.  I added accents to the leaves with Straight Stitches using Kreinik blending filament.
The swirly line is stitched with the Double Knot Stitch and then whipped with blending filament:

The sequins are attached with a 1.5mm glass seed bead stitched through the sequin center.

The floss is all perle cotton.  Here are the color numbers:

Monday, December 2, 2019

Plaited Fly Stitch

Time for another stitch from my 100 Stitches Plus list.  This is the Plaited Fly Stitch.

The first steps are done exactly like the Fly Stitch :

At this point, the Plaited Fly Stitch differs from the Fly Stitch.  Instead of going back into the fabric right below the stitch to tie it down, go into the fabric much further below: 

This results in a long tail tie down stitch:

Friday, November 22, 2019

Arizona Embroidery Project

I have an update to share on my Arizona embroidery project.  

I have finished stitching the diamondback rattlesnake:

and the lettering:

Next up is this large paddle or prickly pear cactus:  

I will post my color palette and stitch list as soon as I finish this project!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Embroidered Pumpkin Project - Part Two

I have some progress to share on my embroidered pumpkin project

I still have a lot of stitching to do and color decisions to make!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Arizona Embroidery Pattern

I have a new embroidery pattern set in my shop.  This one is all about the wonderful state of Arizona.

I really enjoyed drawing the motifs for this one - Arizona has so many interesting features that are perfect for hand embroidering. 

Here is a look at the pattern set :

My first work in progress is this "Arizona" text surrounded by a paddle or prickly pear cactus and a western diamondback rattlesnake.  

These vintage postcards have really been an inspiration!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Square Boss Stitch

The Square Boss Stitch is the latest entry on my 100 Stitches Plus list.  

Also known as the Raised Knot Stitch, the Square Boss is an isolated stitch.  However, it is often worked in multiples to cover a wide area of fabric.

The Square Boss is made up of two stitches: the Cross Stitch and the Back Stitch.  For my demonstration, I am going to use two different colors of floss.  This will make it much easier to see the steps.

The first step is to form a Cross Stitch:

As you can see the Cross Stitch was done in blue floss.  Now for the Back Stitch, I have switched to this orange.  The first step is to come up through the fabric at the base of the X of the Cross Stitch:

Pull the floss all the way through and go back into and out of the fabric under the center of the X {right to left}:

Pull the floss all the way through and then go back