Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Plaid Filling Stitch

Isn't this the perfect Autumn colored plaid?  This intricate looking stitch is the Plaid Filling Stitch.  It is also known as the Tartan Stitch.

This is the latest stitch I have learned from my 100 Stitches Plus list.

Although this looks intricate, it is made up of simple Straight Stitches worked in a grid pattern with three layers.
To begin, I selected three different colors of perle cotton floss:

I used a ruler and a water soluble marking pen to draw a grid.  Mine has three horizontal lines and six vertical lines.

I decided to use the brown floss for the first layer, which makes up the outline of the grid.  

I started at the top of the first vertical line.  I came up through the fabric:

 pulled all the way through and went back into the fabric at the bottom of that first vertical line: 

 This formed the first Straight Stitch:

I worked Straight Stitches on the six vertical lines from left to right.  
Next, I came up through the fabric on the bottom horizontal line:

I made a long Straight Stitch on each of the three horizontal lines:

That forms the grid.  The next layers are worked over the grid and provide the plaid pattern effect. 

For the second layer, I used the dark yellow floss.  

This layer is worked only horizontally.  I started on the left edge of the first vertical Straight Stitch. Notice, this stitch will be below the top horizontal Straight Stitch, it will be worked inside the grid: 

 I made a horizontal Straight Stitch across the first two vertical Straight Stitches:

Then the next two and the final two.  Then I worked back from right to left:  

making horizontal Straight Stitches across the same sets of vertical Straight Stitches:

For the next row, I started again on the left edge of the first vertical Straight Stitch, but this time below the second horizontal Straight Stitch.  Also, to make a plaid pattern, this row needs to be offset from the rows above.  To do that, this first horizontal Straight Stitch is worked over only one of the vertical Straight Stitches:

Then over the next two 

and the next two and then over the single remaining vertical Straight Stitch.  
I worked back from right to left to form the next row the same way, going over the same sets of vertical Straight Stitches: 

That completes the second layer:

For the third layer, I am using the red floss.  

The third layer is worked the same way as the second layer only vertically. 
To continue the plaid effect, this layer also needs to be offset from the layer below.  To achieve that - I first came up through the fabric between the first two vertical Straight Stitches and above the top horizontal Straight Stitch:

I made a horizontal Straight Stitch by going back into the fabric below the middle brown horizontal Straight Stitch:

Then made a second Straight Stitch over the single bottom brown horizontal Straight Stitch

I continued these offset Straight Stitches all across the grid:

This is a look at the underside of the stitch:

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

Country Kitchen Embroidery Stitching

I have some progress to share on my Country Kitchen embroidery - since my last post, I finished the rooster's wing and tail.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will recognize this picture - I used Double Knot Stitch to accent the tail: 

Next up is the "Rise and Shine" text!  

Also, from this same pattern set - I finished stitching the rustic flower bouquet in a can motif. 

This was a really quick project to complete.
I love all these Lazy Daisy Stitches:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Russian Chain Stitch

The latest stitch on my 100 Stitches Plus list is this beautiful Russian Chain Stitch.

For my demonstration, I am using this perle cotton thread - DMC Color Variations #4025.

The Russian Chain Stitch is made up of three Lazy Daisy Stitches that are grouped together. The first Lazy Daisy is a vertical stitch:

The next Lazy Daisy is done at a diagonal:


and the third is done at an opposite diagonal: 

From the description this seems really easy to do doesn't it?  
Well I found it really hard to keep all of my Lazy Daisy Stitches the same size. 
After some trial and error, I drew guidelines on the fabric with a water soluble marking pen.   
My guidelines are a bit hard to see but I measured three parallel lines at 1/4" apart.  

I would definitely recommend guidelines - I was able to make a whole row of stitches that look really even in size and shape:

I found this stitch in the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.  She noted that this stitch may be done in horizontal rows or in vertical columns.  In either case, the first Lazy Daisy Stitch should be pointing upwards.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Country Kitchen Embroidery Pattern

 I have a new hand embroidery pattern set in my shop!

This one is called Country Kitchen.  The set is filled with charming country motifs.  


The motifs are perfect for embellishing linens in a country or farmhouse themed kitchen.

I have started two projects from this pattern set.  The first is this rooster cock-a-doodle-doodling at sunrise. I don't know if you can see the text that I have outlined it says "Rise and Shine".  
This is a good sized motif about 9-1/2" x 6".  For this picture I had to use the largest hoop I have, a 12"!  

The second project is a flower bouquet in a tin can:

This will be a quick project since all the flowers are Lazy Daisy Stitches :)

I have a few more projects that I am transferring to fabric, I will be sure to post my progress. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sly Fox Embroidery Part Three

I finished the embroidery on the back pillow panel. You can read about this project here: {Part 1} and here: {Part 2} .

I am really pleased with this back panel, both with the color palette and the variety of stitches I used. 
The green plant in the center has Fishbone Stitch leaves and a Stem Stitch stem.  The two burnt orange colored plants are done in Back Stitch and French Knots.  The two green plants on the outer edges have Stem Stitch stems, Lazy Daisy Stitch leaves with Straight Stitch centers:

Here are the front and back panels side by side so that you can see how well they go together:

I still need to iron both panels, select a nice trim for the pillow edges and make the pillow.  

For now, I am recording all of my colors and stitches to include in my Embroidery Journal: