Saturday, April 4, 2020

Butterfly Embroidery Projects

This black and grey butterfly is stitched from another motif included in my Butterfly Garden embroidery pattern set.  I introduced this set in my previous blog post.  

He is stitched with Lazy Daisy stitches in an ombre color effect from black to light gray.  For his body, I used a Couching Stitch couched with silver metallic floss.

Also, as I mentioned in my previous post, I want to share the stitch and color information for the butterfly wreath.    
All of the stems are done with the Back Stitch.  The leaves are Fish bone Stitch.  The light and dark pink flowers and all flower centers are French Knots.  The random accent leaves are Lazy Daisy.  The light yellow starburst flower is formed with Straight Stitches:

The butterfly is Back Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitches and French Knots: 

Here are the floss color numbers used in this palette:

Friday, March 27, 2020

Butterfly Garden Embroidery Pattern

This beautiful butterfly and flower wreath is from a new hand embroidery pattern set available in my Etsy shop!  The pattern set is called Butterfly Garden.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen a design in-progress screen capture I recently shared:

A lot of flowers and pretty butterflies!
Here is a look at the pattern set:

I will post next week about this wreath - the stitches used and my color palette.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Arizona Embroidery Pattern Project -- Part Three

This Route 66 embroidery is from my Arizona embroidery pattern set.  You may remember from my previous post that I was working {and still am!} on the diamondback rattlesnake and paddle cactus also from this set

The stitches I used on this project are very simple.  The red rays are all done in rows of Back Stitch.  The stars are done with Straight Stitch.  The route sign is done all in Back Stitch:

For the road, I used Back Stitch and for the centerline, the Running Stitch

I used perle cotton floss for everything except the "Route" text and the center line.  I did the text in three strands of six strand cotton floss and the center line in all six stands of cotton floss. 

Here are the floss color numbers:

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.