Thursday, August 1, 2019

Herb Embroidery Project - Part Three

The embroidery is all finished on this herb motif.  As you can see, I used a variety of stitches.  For the purple sage flowers I used the Lazy Daisy Stitch.  The sage leaves are formed with the Fish Bone Stitch.  On the larger sage leaves, I also added a Straight Stitch for a leaf vein.  The sage stem is surprisingly :) the Stem Stitch.  The dill plant is made up of Stem Stitch for the stem, Back Stitch for the leaves and umbel and French Knots for the flowers.  The dark green marjoram plant is all Fish Bone Stitch and Stem Stitch:

The tarragon stalks are made with Stem Stitch and Straight Stitch.
The twine is stitched with Back Stitch for the bows and Stem Stitch for the line.  I used the Cross Stitch to indicate where the stems are attached to the line: 

Here are the floss color numbers:

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sprat's Head Stitch

 Time for another stitch from my 100 Stitches Plus list.  This one is called Sprat's Head.

You can see the Sprat's Head is made in a triangle shape.  The instructions for this stitch recommended to take care that the two side stitches will be the same length.  I decided I would use a triangle template to make sure!

The first step is to come up through the fabric at the left base of the triangle: 

Pull the thread all the way through.  Go back into the fabric at the top tip of the triangle: 

Come out of the fabric a bit to the left of the triangle tip:

Pull the thread all the way through:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Herb Embroidery Project - Part Two

I have made some progress on this herb embroidery project.  You can read about part one {here}

 I finished the sage plant and am starting on the dill:

For the twine line, I am using perle cotton floss.  This color is DMC no. 4128.  The variations in the color of this floss make it a perfect choice to depict a natural twine:

Next up is the marjoram and tarragon. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Panda Bear Embroidery Project - Part Two

I finished all the embroidery on the panda bear project.  You may remember this from part one - which you can read about {here}. 

This was a really enjoyable project and I love the color palette.

The stitches used are Long and Short Stitch for the panda's face, and rows of Back Stitch form his ears and eyes.  The face is done with 4 strands of cotton floss and the ears and eyes in perle cotton floss. His nose is Straight Stitch and his mouth is Back Stitch.  These were done with perle cotton floss.  The bamboo is outlined with Stem Stitch and filled with Straight Stitch.  The bamboo is all stitched with perle cotton floss.  For the flowers and leaves, I used Straight Stitch in perle cotton.   All of the French Knots are formed using six strands of cotton floss.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Rope Stitch

The Rope Stitch is the latest embroidery stitch I have learned from my 100 Stitches Plus list. 

For my demonstration, I am using perle cotton floss. This is DMC color variations number 48:

The Rope Stitch looks best done along a gently curving line.  I marked this line as a guide:

The stitch is worked from right to left.  I came up through the fabric at the right edge of the guideline: 

and pulled the floss all the way through: 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Herb Embroidery Project - Part One

I am starting a new embroidery project from my Herbs pattern set.  This is a motif of various herbs being tied up to dry.  
Happily, I have a lot of color inspiration from my own herb garden - these are chives, sage, thyme and rosemary:

I think these colors should work! 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sailboat Embroidery

I recently finished embroidering this sailboat motif.  I used soft colors, especially for the sails and the boat.

I used three very basic stitches on this project.  The sails are outlined in Back Stitch and filled with Straight Stitch.  The pennant banner is done with Stem Stitch and Straight Stitch.  The boat is outlined and accented with Stem Stitch.  There are a few filling lines of Straight Stitch.

Here are the floss color numbers used :

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Panda Bear Embroidery Project - Part One

I have a new work in progress to share.  A panda in a bamboo frame decorated with flowers!  This motif is from my Panda embroidery pattern set.

Isn't this color variation floss perfect for the bamboo?
This is perle cotton floss, DMC number 92.

Number 92 is just one of the beautiful colors I recently bought. Here are some others - the skeins with red labels are some of the new colors DMC has released.  I love them all!!

I will be back with a stitching update as I make more progress on this project.

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: