Thursday, October 11, 2018

Embroidered Swan Project - Part One

This beautiful swan is from my Ballerina embroidery pattern set.  I started stitching this a few weeks ago and shared a work in progress picture on my Instagram.    

Since that post, I have made quite a bit of progress:

My next steps on this project are going to be adding embellishment stitching on the swan and whipping some of the outline stitching with metallic floss.  
When I finish, I will post with information on the stitches used and my floss colors. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Oak Leaf and Acorn Border - Part One

These are a few pictures from a sample I am currently embroidering.  This oak leaf and acorn border motif is from my Acorn embroidery pattern set.

When I finish this, I will publish a post with all the stitch and floss color information.  I have a bit more stitching to do ~ so far I am very pleased with the results!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Berry Stitch

The Berry Stitch is the latest stitch I have learned on my 100 Stitches Plus journey.

To demonstrate, I used perle cotton floss.  The color number is DMC Color Variations 4210.  

The Berry Stitch is composed of two Lazy Daisy Stitches, one large and one small.  The small stitch is formed inside the large stitch.

My first step was to make the large Lazy Daisy:

Friday, September 7, 2018

Chicken in a Basket Embroidery

I just finished this little chicken in a basket embroidery project.  I love the colors!  This image is from the Country Kitchen embroidery set.

For the chicken's comb, I used the Blanket or Buttonhole Stitch and Satin Stitch for the eye.

I used Double Knot Stitch for the bottom accent line on the basket.  The thin lines on the basket as well as the basket outline are done with the Back Stitch.  The rim of the basket is done with the Running Stitch.  The red Xs are Cross Stitches

The beak and the wattle are both done with Straight Stitch.  The chicken is outlined with Stem Stitch and for the wing and body details, I used both Stem and Straight Stitches.

It is so helpful to record all of these details here on my blog as well as in my embroidery journal!

 Some of those details are the floss colors I used.  Here they are along with their numbers:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Baby Boy Quilt Labels

I have a new item in my shop!  A set of printable, editable quilt labels.   These particular labels are all baby boy inspired. 

There are 20 full color decorative labels in a variety of styles

I designed these labels so that they can be easily edited on your computer.  You can customize each label with your own information or message in the style, color and size you prefer: 

Then you can print the label right from your printer onto a printable fabric sheet.

Peel the backing sheet off:

And cut out your label:

Press the raw edge under and sew onto your quilt!

There are also 3 black and white labels that have embroidery motifs.  These have room for you to type in your own information and then print and hand embroider the motif

The fabric sheets are a nice medium weight 100% cotton so they embroider beautifully.  I bought mine online.

 I think these labels will be so nice to use on any baby boy quilts I will be making - they are also a nice gift for a quilter!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Kitchen Towel Part Two

I finished my summer kitchen towel.  If you read the first post about this project, you will see that I made a few changes.   Instead of using the Back Stitch for the sun's rays: 

I used the Pistil Stitch:

Then I added French Knots in a warmer golden yellow floss between each Pistil Stitch.

For the horizontal lines on either side of the sun, I used the Chain Stitch 

I also went with the solid yellow ribbed trim tape, instead of the yellow and black tape. 

I hand stitched the trim tape just above my hem top stitching.  I used yellow sewing thread to Whip Stitch the tape in place:

I have another motif from this set that I am currently embroidering.  When I finish, I will detail it in a future post.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Tulip Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This simple decorative stitch is known as the Tulip Stitch.  

For my demonstration, I am using perle cotton floss.  This is DMC color variations number 4200.

This stitch is made up of a Lazy Daisy Stitch and three Straight Stitches.  

Monday, July 23, 2018

Summer Kitchen Towel Project - Part One

I am making a new kitchen or tea towel.  For the embellishments, I am embroidering this sun motif 

and using some yellow trim tape for the hem:

I have the center of the sun finished.  I used the Stem Stitch for the outside of the circle and Back Stitch to fill it in.  This yellow and white floss is color variations perle cotton from DMC - the number is 4077.  

It matches perfectly with my trim tapes.  

I am looking forward to finishing this project and I will post my progress!