Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine Heart Embroidery

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I embroidered this floral heart from my Flower Fancy embroidery pattern.

Notice at the bottom of the heart - the big layered flower?  I tried so many different fill stitches for this was always disappointed with the result.  Finally I tried the Blanket Stitch ?!  I love the light, lacy effect.  The underneath flower is done in Straight Stitch

The dark raspberry circle flowers are all Straight Stitch with French Knot Centers.  The two-toned tulip is also Straight Stitch.  The green stems are done in Stem Stitch and the small leaves are Lazy Daisy Stitches.  The large green leaf is done in Fishbone Stitch with a Stem Stitch Center.  

The outline of the heart is done with Back Stitch and the pom pom flowers are done with French Knots.

Here are the color numbers of the floss from this project:

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Arizona Embroidery Pattern Project - Part Two

I have an update to share from my Arizona embroidery project.  You may remember from my last post, I was starting to stitch the prickly pear or paddle cactus.  I had selected this green floss - DMC no. 986

but I felt that it was too dark and vibrant to go with the rest of the colors.  I switched to DMC no. 368 which is a sage green.  Much better!  It gives a more "sun baked" look. 

Next color decision is for the cactus flowers...I like these colors:

But they need to look good with the orange floss I used for the Arizona text!

When I have the color decisions made and the rest of the stitching completed, I will post with all my floss numbers and stitching information.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Valentine's Day Embroidery - Part Two

I finished the embroidery on my Valentine's day project!  

For these swirly lines, I used the Back Stitch

You may remember on my last post about this project, I was considering whether to use sequins or beads for the accents

I ended up using both!

The floss I used is DMC #321.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thorn Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches post!  This is the Thorn Stitch.   This is categorized as an "easy line stitch" .  It consists of a laid thread couched by diagonal Straight Stitches

For the laid thread, I am using perle cotton floss in brown {DMC #3371} and for the couching thread this burgandy perle cotton, {DMC #3857}

The first step is to come up through the fabric with the floss that is going to be the laid thread:

Pull the floss all the way through:

 Next, start the first Straight Stitch on one side of the laid thread:

Make a diagonal Straight Stitch over the laid thread:

Start the next diagonal Straight Stitch on the opposite side of the laid thread:

This second stitch also goes over the laid thread, couching it in place:

 The next set of diagonal Straight Stitches start just below the first set: 

 Continue forming these diagonal sets the whole length of the laid thread and then go back into the fabric and secure the thread.  To finish off the laid thread, bring the end of the laid thread through the fabric and secure:


 I found this stitch in the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Valentine's Day Embroidery - Part One

I have a new work in progress to share.  I am embroidering a table runner for Valentine's Day.

This motif is actually from my Wedding embroidery pattern but I think it is perfect for Valentine's Day

After transferring the motif to my fabric with a water soluble marking pen, I stitched the three hearts.  I used Straight Stitch to fill the hearts and Stem Stitch to outline them.

Then I added these small seed beads for some sparkle.

Next step is embroidering the swirly lines ~not sure which stitch I will use~  and then adding either sequins or more beads...I haven't decided which yet!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Embroidered Holly Leaves

I have a new project finish to share - this holly leaves and berry motif from my Winter embroidery pattern.  

For the holly berries, I used two sizes of cup sequins.  The large sequin is a 12mm size and the smaller ones are 7mm.

The holly leaves are stitched with the Fishbone Stitch. The leaf center lines are Back Stitch.  I added accents to the leaves with Straight Stitches using Kreinik blending filament.
The swirly line is stitched with the Double Knot Stitch and then whipped with blending filament:

The sequins are attached with a 1.5mm glass seed bead stitched through the sequin center.

The floss is all perle cotton.  Here are the color numbers:

Monday, December 2, 2019

Plaited Fly Stitch

Time for another stitch from my 100 Stitches Plus list.  This is the Plaited Fly Stitch.

The first steps are done exactly like the Fly Stitch :

At this point, the Plaited Fly Stitch differs from the Fly Stitch.  Instead of going back into the fabric right below the stitch to tie it down, go into the fabric much further below: 

This results in a long tail tie down stitch: