Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Village Embroidery Pattern

Christmas Village is the new embroidery pattern set I have finished and made available in my shop!

There are dozens of Christmas motifs of various sizes included in this set.  

I am currently working on this village scene.  This is a fairly large motif so I am working it in small sections.  
I designed the village scene to fit perfectly in a 10" hoop.  I think it could be a beautiful Christmas display to hang this in a hoop that has been embellished with ribbon. 

This fir bough motif would be a festive addition to a napkin or any table linen

I will post all my color and stitch information as I finish these!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Scandinavian Embroidery Project Part One

I am stitching on a motif from my Scandinavian Christmas embroidery pattern.    

The motif is a circle with text and a snowflake:

I am stitching the text in a bright red floss and the snowflake in blue and silver floss.  I am also adding a few blue sequins.  So far so good....

I will post a finished picture as well as my floss colors and stitch list soon!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Embroidered Christmas Presents

My current work-in-progress is the embroidering of this Christmas boxes motif.  
I am trying a few different stitches on the biggest box and deciding which look best 

I love the floss color palette I am using on this project.  These are not colors I would usually think to put together.  However, I was looking at my color wheel for ideas - I started with the gold floss. The triad color scheme for gold {yellow/orange} is red/violet and blue/green.  Beautiful!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Open Wave Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches post!  This the Open Wave Stitch.  

I learned this stitch from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

This is a filling stitch but since you can see the fabric under the stitch, it give a delicate, lacy effect.

I did four rows for my stitching and for each row I a different color of perle cotton floss.  From lightest to darkest, the DMC color numbers are 4160, 962, 3832 and 814. 

The first step is to make a series of evenly spaced vertical Straight Stitches:

That completes the first row.  For the second row, I started with a slightly darker colored floss.  I came up through the fabric below the first row: 

I pulled the floss all the way through and then slid the needle under the Straight Stitch directly above.  Notice the needle is not going back into the fabric, just sliding under the Straight Stitch:

I pulled the floss all the way through and then went back into the fabric:

This completed the first stitch on the second row. 

I just repeated the same steps to finish the second row.

For the third row, I used a darker colored floss.  I did the exact same steps as the second row:

But this time, I went under two of the "legs" of the looped Straight Stitches above:

I repeated that to complete the row:

For the fourth row, I used the darkest colored floss and just repeated the steps used in row three:


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Oak Leaf and Acorn Border - Part Two

I finished the embroidery on my oak leaf and acorn border project.  If you remember when I started this, I was filling in the acorn base using the Long and Short Stitch in two different greens:

After finishing the first acorn, I decided to try using a single color for the base.  I like the result much better!

I outlined the acorn top with Back Stitch and filled it with Jacobean Couching Stitch and single thread French Knots.  The brown accent dots are all three thread French Knots.  The leaves are all done in Long and Short Stitch with Stem Stitch center and side veins.

The color palette for this project is so pretty.  Here are the floss color numbers:

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: