Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Brick and Cross Filling Stitch

Time for a new addition to my 100 Stitches Plus list.

This is the Brick and Cross Filling Stitch.

For my demonstration, I am using this color variations perle cotton floss:

As the name states, this is a filling stitch.  It is a very easy one, made up of Straight Stitches and Cross Stitches.  
This filling is worked in vertical columns, working top to bottom and from left to right. 
To start, I came up through the fabric at the top left corner of the area to be filled:

I formed four Straight Stitches:

Under the four Straight Stitches, I made a Cross Stitch:

 Then another set of four Straight Stitches:

For the next column, I started and ended with the Cross Stitch:

And for the final column, I repeated the steps from the first column: 

So simple!  Here is a look at the underside of the fabric:  

This stitch is from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Folk Art Flowers Project - Part Two

I finished the embroidery on my flower project that I first blogged about here.  

For the flower, I used Long and Short Stitch as a fill.  The greenish yellow center is made up of French Knots and Straight Stitch.  
The green leaves are stitched with Fishbone Stitch.

For the bright green curved stems, I used Back Stitch.  The small green leaves are Lazy Daisy Stitch.  The accent dots are French Knots.  
For the purple berries, I used rows and rows of Back Stitch: 

For all the floss I used, here are the color numbers:

You may notice that all the shades of purple have the same number!  I used a color variations skein of perle cotton floss and cut lengths that included the colors I liked. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Space Theme Pillowcase Border - Part Two

I have an update to share on the pillowcase border I first posted about here

Since that last post, I have completed the blue moon, the orange ringed planet and various stars.  I still have a few stars to stitch.  You can see the tracing paper transfer is holding up well - I can still see the stars to stitch.  The transfer has not been brushed off or smeared despite all the handling of the fabric:

I am so happy with the floss colors I am using.  Especially the orange and blue.  The purple stars are metallic floss which is really challenging to work with!

This border motif is from my Space! embroidery set.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Teddy Bear On A Swing Embroidery - Part One

This teddy bear on a swing is a work in progress that I wanted to share.  There is not much work done, as I am still in the color selecting phase!

You may remember this little teddy bear - he is from my Teddy Bear embroidery set.  I have previously stitched him in dark brown:

This time around, I have started with these gold, cream and black colors.  The bear will be filled in, probably with a combination of Long and Short Stitch, Straight Stitch and Back Stitch.  

When I have more progress to show, I will be back with Part Two! 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Folk Art Flowers Project - Part One

My current project is embroidering this motif from my Folk Art Flowers embroidery pattern set.  

I am using a mixture of perle cotton and six strand cotton floss.  I will make sure to post my progress, the stitches used and my color palette.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Chives Embroidery Project - Part Two

I finished embroidering the chives border.  

I first blogged about this project {here} and you may remember that this border motif is from my Herbs embroidery pattern set. 

I only used three different stitches for this project.  The flowers are Lazy Daisy Stitch, the buds are Straight Stitch and the stems are Stem Stitch.

I used satin floss for the chive buds and flowers and cotton floss for the stems.  Here are the color numbers:

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Space Theme Pillowcase Border - Part One

 I have a work in progress to share.  I am making a pillowcase with a space themed motif.  The motif is from my Space! embroidery pattern set.

I am using this midnight blue colored fabric.  Since I cannot see through the fabric, I used tracing paper to transfer the motif.  

This tracing paper comes in a variety of colors that show up on dark fabric.  I used the yellow sheet.  I turned the sheet colored side down and taped my motif on top of it.

I used a stylus to trace over the motif.  When I finished and lifted off the paper - I was very happy with the quality of the transfer: 

Easy to see and stitch!  

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Four Legged Knot Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches post!   This is the Four-legged Knot Stitch.  It is an isolated stitch:

For my demonstration, I used perle cotton floss in DMC no. 995:

The first step is to make a vertical Straight Stitch:

Then come up through the fabric on the right side of the Straight Stitch :

Pull the needle over the Straight Stitch so the floss crosses over the Straight Stitch and then bring the needle back around :

Now slide the needle under the floss and the Straight Stitch without going back into the fabric.  

Pull the needle all the way through.  You will see the floss is creating a loop - make sure the needle is going through it : 

this will create a knot :

Now go back into the fabric on the left side of the Straight Stitch.  This will create a small horizontal Straight Stitch:

Pull all the way through and that completes the Four-legged Knot Stitch:

If you wish to make a row of these just follow the above steps and work from right to left:

Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

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