Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby Girl Embroidery Design

I have a new pattern available in my shop.  This one is called Baby Girl.  It is filled with sweet, feminine baby girl inspired motifs.

As you can see by the first picture in this post, I have stitched up one of the motifs.  A bunny framed by flowers:

For the floss, I chose pinks and a mint green.

I used just basic stitches on this project.  The flowers are Lazy Daisy stitch with French Knot centers.  The curving flower stems are Stem Stitch and the accent dots are French Knots.  

For the bunny, the outline is in Back Stitch. Her inner ear is Stem Stitch.  Her mouth is Back Stitch and so are her lashes.  Her nose and eyes are done with Satin Stitch.  I added French Knots in white for eye sparkle.

I love the color palette I used on this project!  

Here are the floss color numbers:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mermaid Embroidery Part One

I am starting a new stitching project.  The motif I will be working on features a beautiful mermaid and her sweet dolphin friend.  This motif is from the Sea Myths embroidery pattern.

There are so many floss and color decisions to make! What colors do you consider as mermaid colors?  I am thinking along the lines of the palette below {notice the two spools of sparkly blending filament}

I started with an easy decision - this green perle cotton floss for the mermaid's tail.  This is DMC number 988.   

I will be recording all the details of this project in my Embroidery Journal and keeping you up to date on my progress here on the blog.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hey Y'all Embroidery

 I just finished stitching this star and "Hey Y'all" text from the Texas! embroidery pattern set.  

I used French Knots for the star.  I used six strands of cotton floss for each French Knot.  The red is DMC no. 666, the blue is DMC no. 823 and the white is DMC blanc.

The lettering is down using Whipped Back Stitch. The brown floss is perle cotton, DMC no. 801.  The gold is Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik no. 002HL.  I love the Kreinik blending filament - it is very easy to work with!  I used two strands of the filament for the whipping.

This turned out really nice - I love the way the French Knots filled in the star shape!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Texas Embroidery Design

I have a new embroidery design set in my shop. Texas!  

This set has so many of the iconic images of the Lone Star State.  

Here is the state shape I just finished stitching.  

I used the blue, white and red of the Texas state flag. 

After outlining the three colored sections in Back Stitch

I filled the large colored areas using long Straight Stitches vertically, diagonally and horizontally.   I filled the star with Back Stitch and I whipped the Back Stitches on all the lines where two color sections met:

I will be back with some mores stitched samples from this set!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Laced Blanket Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post!   This interesting stitch is the Laced Blanket Stitch.

This stitch is made up of two rows of Blanket Stitch with a space between the rows.  A third thread is used to lace the two rows together, forming a pattern over the space between the rows.  I chose a contrasting color for my lacing thread.

The rows need to be the same length so I used a ruler and a water soluble marking pen to draw guidelines.  I drew two guidelines for each row.  For me, this will make forming equally sized Blanket Stitches easier as well:

For my thread, I used a beautiful gray colored perle cotton.  This will be for the Blanket Stitches.  I used a contrasting thread for the lacing - this pink color variations perle cotton thread:

The first step is to work the Blanket Stitch along the guidelines.  The Blanket Stitches should be formed so that the "spine" of the stitch faces the spine of the stitches in the second row.

Now for the lacing with the contrasting thread:

Come up through the fabric at either end of either row.  I started at the left edge of the top row:

Just lace the two rows together by sliding the needle under and then over each Blanket Stitch back and forth between the rows.  Notice the needle is not going into the fabric, just sliding across the surface:

at the end, just go back into the fabric:

and secure your thread underneath:

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Scandinavian Christmas Stitching - Part One


 Are you starting any Christmas embroidery projects? I am - I just finished this ornament from the Scandinavian Christmas pattern set.

I just love the red and white with silver accents!  All the sparkle comes from metallic floss and blending filament.  I used them everywhere!

This particular ornament is the first in a set of five that I am stitching for a set of napkins.  I stitched this on white kona cotton fabric.  

I have four more patterns to transfer and stitch so I am happy that I started so early!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dachshund Embroidery Pattern

I have a new pattern available in my Etsy shop!  
This one is titled Dachshund .    

I have started a project using the main motif - this sweet dachshund with flowers and some text.  I am in the accent color selection phase right now:

I am outlining the dog in brown floss, using the Stem Stitch.  I used the darker shade of brown to add some nice shadowing to the ear.  

I stitched the nose and eyeball in Satin Stitch:

I will keep you updated on my progress on this project!