Friday, February 15, 2019

Ermine Stitch

This is the Ermine Stitch, the latest entry on my 100 Stitches Plus list.   


The Ermine Stitch is an isolated stitch but it also looks beautiful when repeated to create a decorative line of stitches.

I learned this stitch from the excellent book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Daisy Embroidery Project

I have a new work in progress to share.  This is a heart shape that is filled with large and small daisies.

This is a motif from my Daisy embroidery pattern set. 

I am embroidering the large daisies with Straight Stitches and filling the centers with French Knots.  

I will do the Lazy Daisy stitch on the smaller daisies.
For the accent dots, I may use these iridescent sequins - unless they look too fancy for the simple daisies :)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Winter Embroidery Pattern Project

This winter motif is from my Winter embroidery pattern:

I think this is a perfect color palette for imparting a snowy and frosty feeling:

I used the jewel effects metallic floss from DMC for the berries and lighter colored leaves

The list of stitches that I used on this project is as follows:  the small snowflakes are made with the Pistil Stitch, the berries and the large snowflake are Back Stitch.  The text and flourish line under the text are done with Stem Stitch and Whipped Stem Stitch. The leaves are done with Fishbone Stitch, the frame is done with Running Stitch and the whole motif is dotted with French Knots

Here are the color numbers of the floss I used:

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Scandinavian Christmas Embroidery Project - Part Two

I have finished the Scandinavian Christmas embroidery project.  You can see part one of this project in this blog post. 

This motif is from the Scandinavian Christmas embroidery set:

For the snowflake I used Lazy Daisy stitches in the blue floss and Straight Stitches in the silver floss.  The blue lines under the sequins are also Straight Stitch.  The sequins are held in place with French Knots:

I used rows of Back Stitch for all the text and for the circular frame I used the Double Knot Stitch.

I used perle cotton floss and metallic floss on this project.  The color palette is limited, only three different colors! 

Here are the floss color numbers:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Embroidered Christmas Presents - Part Two

I have finished embroidering the stack of Christmas presents {part one of this project can be seen here}

I used a variety of embroidery stitches and an interesting color palette!
The stitch list is as follows - the gold ribbon is outlined in Double Knot Stitch and filled in with Running Stitch.  The top present is Satin Stitch outlined with Back Stitch.  The middle present is outlined in Back Stitch, filled with Running Stitch, Straight Stitch and French Knots.  For the bottom present, I outlined the box with Couching and filled it with Running Stitch.  The box lid is outlined on the top edge with Chain Stitch, the side and bottom edge with Back Stitch.  The lid is filled with Running Stitch and then overlaid with Jacobean Couching Stitch

The floss color numbers are:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Village Embroidery Pattern

Christmas Village is the new embroidery pattern set I have finished and made available in my shop!

There are dozens of Christmas motifs of various sizes included in this set.  

I am currently working on this village scene.  This is a fairly large motif so I am working it in small sections.  
I designed the village scene to fit perfectly in a 10" hoop.  I think it could be a beautiful Christmas display to hang this in a hoop that has been embellished with ribbon. 

This fir bough motif would be a festive addition to a napkin or any table linen

I will post all my color and stitch information as I finish these!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Scandinavian Embroidery Project Part One

I am stitching on a motif from my Scandinavian Christmas embroidery pattern.    

The motif is a circle with text and a snowflake:

I am stitching the text in a bright red floss and the snowflake in blue and silver floss.  I am also adding a few blue sequins.  So far so good....

I will post a finished picture as well as my floss colors and stitch list soon!