Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Herb Wreath Embroidery

I just finished embroidering this beautiful herb wreath motif.  This is from my new pattern set Herbs.  

You may remember my work in progress post on this project.  

Here is all the information on the stitches I used.  Check the end of the post for all the floss color information.  

For these dark green leaves, I used the Fishbone Stitch {one of my favorites!}  The center of the marjoram leaves, the center stalk of the rosemary and the little top stems of the dill are all Stem Stitch.  The rosemary needle leaves are Straight Stitch.  The dill stem is Back Stitch and the dill seeds are French Knots :

The rosemary blooms are Lazy Daisy stitches with French Knots:

I recorded all of my floss colors {with samples} in my Embroidery Journal

Here are the floss color numbers:

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Swedish Split Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This time, I am learning the Swedish Split Stitch.  I found the instructions for this stitch in Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.  

This stitch uses two different colored threads - threaded into the needle together! 

 The Swedish Split Stitch starts out exactly like a regular Split Stitch.  First come up through the fabric:

 Pull the floss all the way through and then go back through the fabric

and pull all the way through forming a long Straight Stitch.

Now bring the needle back up between the two colored threads:

Pull all the way through and take a small diagonal Straight Stitch back into the fabric:

Repeat these steps to make a row!

 Here is a look at the underside of the stitch:

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Herbs Embroidery Pattern

I have a new hand embroidery pattern available.  This one is all about herbs.  There are 14 different herbs highlighted.  I think this set is going to provide for a lot of beautiful embroidery projects!!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Flower Border Project - Part One

I have a new project to share.  I am embroidering this flower border from my Flower Fancy embroidery pattern.

I am doing most of the stitching with variegated color perle cotton floss.

I love embroidering with this floss, the color variation along the stitching line adds so much interest!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Daisy Embroidery Project - Part Two

I finished my daisy filled heart embroidery project. 

Since my last post on this project, I added these iridescent cup sequins:

I stitched them in place with sewing thread.  I love the sparkle they add to these daisies.


Floss color numbers
DMC color variations perle cotton 4077
DMC cotton 3708
DMC cotton 445 
DMC cotton 973

7 mm cup sequins

Embroidery Stitches
Straight Stitch
Lazy Daisy Stitch
French Knots
Running Stitch

Friday, February 15, 2019

Ermine Stitch

This is the Ermine Stitch, the latest entry on my 100 Stitches Plus list.   


The Ermine Stitch is an isolated stitch but it also looks beautiful when repeated to create a decorative line of stitches.

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Daisy Embroidery Project

I have a new work in progress to share.  This is a heart shape that is filled with large and small daisies.

This is a motif from my Daisy embroidery pattern set. 

I am embroidering the large daisies with Straight Stitches and filling the centers with French Knots.  

I will do the Lazy Daisy stitch on the smaller daisies.
For the accent dots, I may use these iridescent sequins - unless they look too fancy for the simple daisies :)