Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flamingo Embroidery

 You may remember back to the post where I introduced my Florida embroidery pattern.  
In that post I shared the finished marlin motif and I was beginning work on the big flamingo motif. 

I outlined and then filled the flamingo in Back Stitch
I used Satin Stitch for his eye and Double Knot Stitch for his wings:

For his legs, I used Blanket Stitch and Back Stitch, then I filled his feet in with Back Stitch:

I love these two motifs, I think they look wonderful together:

Here are the floss color numbers I used:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Croatian Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This time, it is the Croatian Stitch.
This stitch is basically made up of a Running Stitch outline around a shape that is then laced to fill the open area within the shape. 
This is categorized as a filling stitch and can be used on a variety of shapes.   

The shape I chose to fill for this demonstration is an oval. 
For the floss, I chose perle cotton.  I selected two different colors - blue {dmc 807 } and coral {dmc 351}:

The first step is to come up through the fabric at one edge of the shape:

Then stitch around the shape using the Running Stitch:

I went back into the fabric when the outline was complete and secured my floss underneath.  
Notice that the Running Stitches are evenly spaced vertically along the oval.  This will make the next step of lacing much easier!

Now for the lacing with the coral colored floss:

I came up through the fabric right next to one of the Running Stitches:

Next, I slid the needle under the Running Stitch directly across from the stitch where my needle just emerged.  Notice that I am not going back into the fabric or picking up any fabric.  I am just sliding the needle along the top of the fabric but under the Running Stitch:

 I pulled the thread all the way across and then brought my needle around and slid under the next set of Running Stitches:

I pulled the thread all the way across and brought the needle around to go under the next set of Running Stitches:

and so on until I reached the top:

Then I went back into the fabric:

and secured my thread underneath.  Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

Isn't this an easy stitch?  I am going to have to experiment on different shapes to see how I can incorporate this stitch into my embroidery projects. 

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Florida Embroidery Pattern

There is a new embroidery pattern set available in my shop!  This one is titled Florida.   
The blue marlin {above} is from this set.  There are 11 pages of motifs featuring many of the iconic images of the Sunshine State.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of  my "drawing in progress" screen captures:

Now that I have finished stitching the marlin, I am starting on this beautiful flamingo:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Project

 I finished the stitching on another of the motifs in the Hot Air Balloon embroidery pattern set.  This one features a balloon caught in a storm.

For the clouds and wind I used variegated color floss. I love to use this floss because the progression of color along the floss gives a sense of movement.  This effect is perfect for stitching storm clouds!  All of these lines are done with Stem Stitch:   

For the sun, I used Stem Stitch and Straight Stitch

The balloon is outlined with Back Stitch.  The middle curved line is Double Knot Stitch and the other two are Stem Stitch. The "rosettes" on the middle curved line and the bottom curved line are Buttonhole Stitch. The top curved line has French Knots The big pink X's are Stem Stitch with a Cross Stitch at each center point. 

The basket is outlined in Back Stitch.  The top half is Whipped Stem Stitch.  I used Straight Stitches for the fill: 

I am recording all the details about this project for my embroidery journal

Here is the list of floss colors I used:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Point a la Minute Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post!  

I have learned a new stitch from Mary Webb's book Embroidery Stitches.

This is the Point a la Minute Stitch.  

This stitch consists of eight Straight Stitches arranged to form a cross shape with an open center.  It is made up of two sets of two vertical and two sets of two horizontal stitches.  These stitches are then whipped all the way around the cross shape.

To start, I formed the four vertical Straight Stitches: 

And then the four horizontal Straight Stitches:

For the whipping, I came up through the fabric under one of the horizontal stitches:

and whipped {or wrapped} the working floss around the Straight Stitch - notice the needle does not go back into or pick up any of the fabric, it just slides along the surface of the fabric, under the Straight Stitch: 

I kept whipping around and around:

and once the first Straight Stitch was completely whipped, I moved onto the vertical: 

I whipped my way around all of the Straight Stitches:

When all of the Straight Stitches were whipped, I was back to where I started and just went back into the fabric 

and secured my floss underneath. Since most of the action takes place on top of the fabric, this leaves the underside very neat:

The floss i used is a perle cotton floss.  This color is DMC color variations no. 4040

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Embroidery Project Part Three

I have finished my Easter embroidery project - and right in time!
You may remember from my previous posts on this project {part one} {part two} that I am making some Easter napkins.  
I used a variety of motifs from the Easter Embroidery Pattern:

I used four different egg motifs and stitched them in two spring colors - pink and yellow. 

For the grass and flowers, I used the same colors on all of the napkins - pale teal blue and mint green.

I used the Stem Stitch for all the grass and flower stems.  All of the eggs have rows of Straight Stitch in white or yellow.   All of the flowers are French Knots.

On this egg, I used the Stem Stitch to outline the egg, the Blanket Stitch for the top and bottom decorative lines, the Herringbone Stitch for the second line and the Chain Stitch for the third line. 

This egg is outlined with the Back Stitch and has Stem Stitch decorative lines:

This egg is outlined with the Back Stitch and has clusters of French Knots:

This egg is also outlined with the Back Stitch and has Double Knot Stitch decorative lines:

I am really pleased with these and am looking forward to using them this Easter!

Here are the floss colors I used: