Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Embroidery Floss Swatch Book

I have been making myself embroidery floss swatch books.

These will be very helpful for matching floss to color numbers.  

I have a fairly large inventory of  DMC cotton embroidery floss that I store in color order. 

Typically when I have new floss

I wind it onto floss bobbins.  I slip the number tag under the wound floss.

Every so often, I lose a tag and then have no way of knowing the floss color number.  Being able to match my floss to a numbered swatch will solve that problem! 

For my swatch books, I am using two archival scrapbooks.  

For the number system, I was going to use a DMC printed list of their floss numbers but they are adding new ones all the time so to keep my books current,  I thought it best to use consecutive numbers from 1 to 5000.  I printed strips of numbers:

I glued the strips onto the scrapbook pages and added the floss next to the numbers.

This system is working so well!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Threaded Chain Stitch


This complex looking stitch is the Threaded Chain Stitch.   I have added this stitch to my ongoing 100 Stitches Plus list.

This looks complex but is actually very simple.  The stitch is composed of single Chain Stitches that are threaded by two different threads.  For contrast and interest, you might want to use different colors for the threading.

For my demonstration, I am using two colors of perle cotton floss.  The green is DMC no. 906 and the purple is DMC no. 208:

Working from left to right, the first step is to come up through the fabric and form a single Chain Stitch:

To form a single stitch instead of a connected line, end the stitch by taking the needle back into the fabric at the edge of the loop:

Next, make a row of the single stitches:

Next up is threading the single Chain Stitches, 

Bring the needle up through the first Chain Stitch.  I show the needle coming straight up so that it is easy to see.  In actuality, you want the needle to come up through the fabric and slide under the Chain Stitch. 

Here is a closer look at how the threading floss slides under the Chain Stitch:

and under the next Chain Stitch:

and the next:

until the end of the stitching line.  Notice that I left the threading floss fairly loose so that it can be adjusted to make a decorative effect.  To finish the first threading, the threading floss goes back into the fabric and is secured on the underside.

The second threading is done the same way except this time traveling from right to left:


I found the instructions for this stitch from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Butterfly Embroidery

This beautiful butterfly is from my Butterfly Garden pattern set.  
I used a variety of stitches on this.  For the flowers, I used Straight Stitch around the flower frame and French Knots for the centers:

The leaves are stitched with the Fish Bone Stitch.  The stems are appropriately done with Stem Stitch!

The butterfly head and body are Satin Stitch and his antennae are Double Knot Stitch:

The wings are outlined {from top to bottom} with Double Knot Stitch, Blanket Stitch and Stem Stitch:

They are filled with Seeding Stitch and Satin Stitch:

I used six strand DMC cotton embroidery floss in various strand amounts.  Here are the color numbers in the project palette:

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Seahorse Embroidery Design - Part Two


I finished my seahorse embroidery project.  I stitched this seahorse onto a table napkin.

I added some beautiful trim to the napkin hem:

Here are the stitch and color details for this project. The starfish is Fishbone Stitch .  
The seahorse is filled with rows of Split Stitch .  His mane and fin are Blanket Stitch.  His eye is Satin Stitch surrounded by Back Stitch.  The accent lines are Stem Stitch and Back Stitch.  All of the bubbles are Satin Stitch.

For his tail, the accent lines are Straight Stitch with French Knots:

You might notice some sparkly threads woven throughout to add highlights and also on the bubbles.  I used gold metallic and number 001 blending filament from Kreinik.  

Here are the floss colors and numbers I used for the rest of the project.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Seahorse Embroidery Design - Part One

I have a work in progress to share.  I am embroidering this seahorse motif onto a white cotton fabric table napkin.  

This is my planned color palette, I may change a few of these or add new colors as I progress.  

Notice the spool of shiny thread?  This is blending filament - Kreinik number 001.  It is iridescent -  perfect for a seahorse or starfish!

I will update my progress soon. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Embroidery Monogram Alphabet

I stitched this "M" initial from my new embroidery pattern: Monogram Alphabet.    

This alphabet features the font French Script.  The letters are beautiful!  Each letter of the alphabet is surrounded by a floral wreath.  There are also two complete alphabets in coordinated smaller sizes to form a classic three letter monogram.  I added the numbers 0-9, a blank wreath and various floral elements for personal customization.

For my M project, I used six strand cotton embroidery floss, this is DMC number 210.  

I used rows of Back Stitch for the M, the flowers and leaves are Lazy Daisy Stitch with French Knot accents and the stems are all done with Stem Stitch.

 I am looking forward to stitching more of these!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Cherry Blossom Embroidery

I have a work in progress to share.  This branch with cherry blossoms and buds is from the Cherry Blossom embroidery pattern set.   

For the flowers, I am using Long and Short  Stitch.  The flower centers are formed with the Pistil Stitch.  The branch is rows of Back Stitch and the leaves are Fishbone Stitch.  

The color palette is just a few colors - the same palette I used on this project: 

Here are the floss color numbers: