Thursday, September 12, 2019

Eyelet Stitch

I have a new stitch from my 100 Stitches plus list to share.  This is the Eyelet Stitch.  

This is a filling stitch and is done in small circles.  To form perfect circles, I used a template and a water soluble marker:

I also marked the center of each circle:

The Eyelet Stitch is made up of Back Stitches.  These are worked alternately around the outside of the circle and to the center point and back.

It is important to pull the floss tight so that a center hole will be created.  This center technique is similar to the Star Eyelet Stitch.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Thanksgiving Embroidery Give Thanks Project

If you remember from my last post, I had just finished the embroidery on this Thanksgiving motif.  

Now I want to share the stitches I used and color palette information for this project.  The circular border is done with Stem Stitch.  The text is done with Back Stitch  The green leaves are done with Fishbone Stitch.  The leaf and berry stems are done with Stem Stitch.  The maple and oak leaves are done with Long and Short Stitch.  The acorns are done with Back Stitch and the berries and brown accent dots are done with French Knots:

Here are the colors and DMC color numbers that I used: 

I also wanted to point out the beautiful ground fabric I used for this project.  Instead of my usual quilter's weight cotton I used 100% linen:

I found this linen to be a perfect weave and weight for embroidering.  The only drawback to this wonderful fabric is that I cannot see through it to transfer the image I want to stitch!

This wasn't really a problem, I just used some carbon/graphite transfer paper and a stylus to transfer the image to my fabric.  If you want to see this transferring process in depth, I posted about it here and here.

You can see how nicely the carbon paper transferred the image - very easy to see the lines!

My next project is this wheat sheaf motif: