Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Kitchen Towel Part Two



I finished my summer kitchen towel.  If you read the first post about this project, you will see that I made a few changes.   Instead of using the Back Stitch for the sun's rays: 


I used the Pistil Stitch:


Then I added French Knots in a warmer golden yellow floss between each Pistil Stitch.


For the horizontal lines on either side of the sun, I used the Chain Stitch 


I also went with the solid yellow ribbed trim tape, instead of the yellow and black tape. 


I hand stitched the trim tape just above my hem top stitching.  I used yellow sewing thread to Whip Stitch the tape in place:



I have another motif from this set that I am currently embroidering.  When I finish, I will detail it in a future post.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Tulip Stitch



Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This simple decorative stitch is known as the Tulip Stitch.  

For my demonstration, I am using perle cotton floss.  This is DMC color variations number 4200.


This stitch is made up of a Lazy Daisy Stitch and three Straight Stitches.  

Monday, July 23, 2018

Summer Kitchen Towel Project - Part One


I am making a new kitchen or tea towel.  For the embellishments, I am embroidering this sun motif 


and using some yellow trim tape for the hem:


I have the center of the sun finished.  I used the Stem Stitch for the outside of the circle and Back Stitch to fill it in.  This yellow and white floss is color variations perle cotton from DMC - the number is 4077.  


It matches perfectly with my trim tapes.  


I am looking forward to finishing this project and I will post my progress!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sparkly Fish Embroidery









I really enjoyed embroidering these sparkly fish!  They are embellished with sequins, beads and metallic floss.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Rosette of Thorns Stitch



Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This is the Rosette of Thorns Stitch.

For my demonstration, I am using perle cotton floss.  This is DMC color variations 4200  



Rosette of Thorns Stitch is easy to do.  However, it can be challenging to keep the stitch spacing consistent.  After some practice, I found that drawing a straight guideline to follow keeps the row of stitches looking even.  


This stitch is worked from left to right.  It is basically five Blanket {or Buttonhole} Stitches stitched with their bases close together.  They are slanted to form a crown shape. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Life Is Better At The Beach Embroidery Project


The embroidery is all done on this project from my Beach House pattern set.

I used seven different stitches.  

The circle outline is Double Knot Stitch.   The starfish are Fishbone Stitch.  


The "life" text is a combination of Blanket Stitch, Back Stitch, Stem Stitch and a French Knot.


The text "is better at the" is also a combination of Back Stitch, Stem Stitch and a French Knot.
The "Beach" text is all Stem Stitch.  
The clam shell is outlined with Back Stitch and Stem Stitch.  The inside has French Knots and Straight Stitches


 The color palette for this project is so pretty!  I think the colors match some of the beautiful shades found in beach glass.

I recorded all the details of this project for my Embroidery Journal:


Here are the floss color numbers:




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Beach House Embroidery Pattern


I have a new embroidery pattern set available in my shop!  



I am currently stitching several of the motifs from this set.
This is the main motif, Life is better at the beach:
 







I am making good progress! I will do a post with all the stitches used and also the floss color numbers. 

Here are some other stitching projects I am working on from this pattern set:


I especially love this sea turtle surrounded by bubbles.  I plan on using a color palette of greens and blues.