Saturday, June 4, 2022

Embroidered Beach Pillow Project - Part Two

I have an update to share on my embroidered pillow.  You may remember this project from a previous post.

The embroidery is all finished on the front pillow panel:

For the feather end of the arrow, I used the Pistil Stitch:  

Next up is to do the back panel - this will have a row of star fish:

When I complete that, I will do a follow up post with all the stitch and thread color information.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Teddy Bear on a Swing Embroidery - Part Four

There is a little bit of progress to share on my teddy bear embroidery.  His face is filled in - mainly in Long and Short Stitch

I am experimenting on how to fill in the big tree trunk.  The whorls in the bark are made using Stem Stitch.  I am not sure if I will continue with the lines of Back Stitch to fill in all of the blank area.  As you can see from the motif, there is no line to define the left-side border of the trunk:

To finish this trunk, perhaps a sort of fading effect could be done by reducing the amount of stitches and plies of floss out to the edge...?

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Color Palette Inspiration


You may remember from previous posts, that I keep a color palette inspiration journal.  I like to match embroidery floss to the inspiration colors.

The inspiration palette can be from anywhere - paper samples, photographs, postcards or magazine clippings. I recently found this picture of a travel poster in an old magazine.  I love the colors! 

I added this to my journal: 

To add a sample of the floss and note the color number,  I fold over the edge of the page:

punch holes

and add the floss samples:

I list the corresponding number on the back of the page.  If you are interested in the color numbers for this palette, they are {in top to bottom order} DMC 3860, 3774, 3801, 319, 3770 and 310.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Embroidered Beach Pillow Project - Part One

This beautiful linen is going to be made into a pillow cover.  First, I am embroidering some beach theme motifs on each side.  This "Beach" text inside an arrow and the line of starfish are both from my Beach House embroidery set.  

To transfer these motifs to my fabric, I would usually put them under the fabric and trace on top of the fabric with my water soluble marker.  However, since I can't see through this thick linen, I need to use another method:

Tracing paper {or carbon transfer paper} works perfectly for this application.  

To transfer, I put the tracing paper on my fabric {notice the shiny side is against the fabric and the dull side is facing up.  Then I put the motif on top and start tracing.  I have this stylus for tracing, but I have also used a ball point pen and it works just fine.

I tape the layers of fabric, tracing paper, motif down with removable tape.  This washi tape works perfectly:

The image transferred clearly and now I can start stitching! 

I haven't chosen my floss colors yet, I am thinking a combination of these blues:

Friday, April 29, 2022

Teddy Bear on a Swing Embroidery - Part Three

Remember this teddy bear project?

Since my last post, I have added chain for the swing to hang from.  I used the Chain Stitch, but now am wondering if Rope Stitch might be a better choice? 
I do love the chain's floss color - this is a newly released color: DMC no. 21

One of the butterflies is done - I may add some blending filament to give sparkle to his wings:

 Next up is selecting the colors for this bigger butterfly:

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Cherry Blossoms and Lanterns Embroidery Project - Part 3 Finish and Details

I finished the Cherry Blossom stitching.  You can see parts one and two of this project here { 1 - 2}

This motif is from my Cherry Blossom embroidery set.

Now for the project details.  These are the stitches I used:

Back Stitch for the tree branches, the lantern outlines, and the silver lantern hanging lines.  The silver is all Kreinik metallic fine braid.  I cannot say enough good things about this braid.  It is so easy to use, rarely tangles and has so much sparkle! The flowers are all formed with Straight Stitch.  I used three strands of floss, pink, light pink and white.  The flower centers and all the buds are French Knots.  The lanterns are filled with Seeding Stitch and the lantern fringe is Turkey Work.

Here are the floss color numbers.  The two that are difficult to see are the silver, {Kreinik fine braid metallic no. 001} and the pale pink, {DMC no. 23}. I also used white, DMC Blanc.


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Net Passing Stitch

 This complex looking stitch is the Net Passing Stitch. 

This is the latest stitch I have learned on my 100 Stitches journey.   
I learned this from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

To demonstrate, I selected three different shades of perle cotton floss:

Although complex looking, Net Passing Stitch is just made up of long Straight Stitches.  The complex part is ensuring even spacing!  I used a ruler and a water-soluble marker.

I spaced my start/stop stitch marks 1/4" apart:

There were no instructions on beginning this stitch but after looking at the pictures, I started in the lower left corner.  This will be a diagonal Straight Stitch:

Then I repeated this across the whole marked grid:

Next, I started in the upper left corner - again with diagonal Straight Stitches but now in a different colored floss:

across the whole grid:

The final set of Straight Stitches is horizontal and the needle weaves through the the other Straight Stitches at each intersection.  I used the third color of floss for this one:

According to Embroidery Stitches, this stitch is also known as the Honeycomb Filling Stitch.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may remember that I previously demonstrated "Honeycomb Filling Stitch".  It is a totally different stitch.  I had learned that version from the book that started this whole project : 100 Stitches.  That blog post can be read here .  As you can see, a different stitch!