Thursday, September 12, 2019

Eyelet Stitch

I have a new stitch from my 100 Stitches plus list to share.  This is the Eyelet Stitch.  

This is a filling stitch and is done in small circles.  To form perfect circles, I used a template and a water soluble marker:

I also marked the center of each circle:

The Eyelet Stitch is made up of Back Stitches.  These are worked alternately around the outside of the circle and to the center point and back.

It is important to pull the floss tight so that a center hole will be created.  This center technique is similar to the Star Eyelet Stitch.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Thanksgiving Embroidery Give Thanks Project

If you remember from my last post, I had just finished the embroidery on this Thanksgiving motif.  

Now I want to share the stitches I used and color palette information for this project.  The circular border is done with Stem Stitch.  The text is done with Back Stitch  The green leaves are done with Fishbone Stitch.  The leaf and berry stems are done with Stem Stitch.  The maple and oak leaves are done with Long and Short Stitch.  The acorns are done with Back Stitch and the berries and brown accent dots are done with French Knots:

Here are the colors and DMC color numbers that I used: 

I also wanted to point out the beautiful ground fabric I used for this project.  Instead of my usual quilter's weight cotton I used 100% linen:

I found this linen to be a perfect weave and weight for embroidering.  The only drawback to this wonderful fabric is that I cannot see through it to transfer the image I want to stitch!

This wasn't really a problem, I just used some carbon/graphite transfer paper and a stylus to transfer the image to my fabric.  If you want to see this transferring process in depth, I posted about it here and here.

You can see how nicely the carbon paper transferred the image - very easy to see the lines!

My next project is this wheat sheaf motif:

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Thanksgiving Embroidery Pattern

I have a new pattern set available in my shop!  This one is titled Thanksgiving

This pattern set has 10 pages of Thanksgiving themed motifs.

Last week, I shared an image on Instagram showing a screen shot of my drawings for this pattern in progress: 

This is the first motif I have finished stitching from this set.  I will make sure to blog about the stitches and colors I used soon!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Herb Embroidery Project - Part Three

The embroidery is all finished on this herb motif.  As you can see, I used a variety of stitches.  For the purple sage flowers I used the Lazy Daisy Stitch.  The sage leaves are formed with the Fish Bone Stitch.  On the larger sage leaves, I also added a Straight Stitch for a leaf vein.  The sage stem is surprisingly :) the Stem Stitch.  The dill plant is made up of Stem Stitch for the stem, Back Stitch for the leaves and umbel and French Knots for the flowers.  The dark green marjoram plant is all Fish Bone Stitch and Stem Stitch:

The tarragon stalks are made with Stem Stitch and Straight Stitch.
The twine is stitched with Back Stitch for the bows and Stem Stitch for the line.  I used the Cross Stitch to indicate where the stems are attached to the line: 

Here are the floss color numbers:

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sprat's Head Stitch

 Time for another stitch from my 100 Stitches Plus list.  This one is called Sprat's Head.

You can see the Sprat's Head is made in a triangle shape.  The instructions for this stitch recommended to take care that the two side stitches will be the same length.  I decided I would use a triangle template to make sure!

The first step is to come up through the fabric at the left base of the triangle: 

Pull the thread all the way through.  Go back into the fabric at the top tip of the triangle: 

Come out of the fabric a bit to the left of the triangle tip:

Pull the thread all the way through:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Herb Embroidery Project - Part Two

I have made some progress on this herb embroidery project.  You can read about part one {here}

 I finished the sage plant and am starting on the dill:

For the twine line, I am using perle cotton floss.  This color is DMC no. 4128.  The variations in the color of this floss make it a perfect choice to depict a natural twine:

Next up is the marjoram and tarragon. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Panda Bear Embroidery Project - Part Two

I finished all the embroidery on the panda bear project.  You may remember this from part one - which you can read about {here}. 

This was a really enjoyable project and I love the color palette.

The stitches used are Long and Short Stitch for the panda's face, and rows of Back Stitch form his ears and eyes.  The face is done with 4 strands of cotton floss and the ears and eyes in perle cotton floss. His nose is Straight Stitch and his mouth is Back Stitch.  These were done with perle cotton floss.  The bamboo is outlined with Stem Stitch and filled with Straight Stitch.  The bamboo is all stitched with perle cotton floss.  For the flowers and leaves, I used Straight Stitch in perle cotton.   All of the French Knots are formed using six strands of cotton floss.