Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Strawberries Embroidery

Stitching complete!  If you follow my Instagram account, you may have seen my work in progress picture of this project:

I used a motif from the Strawberries embroidery pattern set:

I love this particular motif  {I have also stitched it up in all pinks ~ you might remember this one from a few years ago}:  

This time around, I did a more colorful version. Another difference is that I did most of the stitching this time with perle cotton floss instead of the six strand cotton floss.

I recorded all the information in my Embroidery Journal.  I like to look back over this journal and see how long these projects take from start to finish!

Here are the floss color numbers I used:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

French Knot Border Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  This is the French Knot Border Stitch.  It is a composite stitch composed of two stitches - the Fly Stitch and the French Knot.   

While learning this stitch, I had a bit of trouble keeping my stitching size even.  I found that marking some guidelines really helped! 

I drew two horizontal lines 1/2" apart.  These will mark the top and bottom of each stitch.

The stitch is worked from left to right so I first came up through the fabric on the left end of the top horizontal line:

Next, I formed the Fly Stitch by going back into the fabric a little to the right of where my needle first emerged:

I pulled the thread through until a loop formed. Notice the loop is fairly loose: 

I brought the needle back up through the fabric right on the bottom parallel line, halfway between the spots where the thread very first emerged and where it went back into the fabric.  

Notice that the needle is going to pass up and 

over the loop.  I pulled the thread all the way through so that the loop was now snug against the fabric. 

If this were just the Fly Stitch then at this point, I would have made a Straight Stitch to secure the loop in place.  But for this composite stitch, the loop is secured in place with a French Knot.  I formed the French Knot and went back into the fabric right at the base of the loop:

I pulled the thread all the way through and that completes the stitch:

I started the next stitch just to the right of the first stitch:

and then just continued the previous steps all the way to the right edge of the horizontal lines:

This makes a beautiful border stitch!  According to the stitch instructions, this stitch is often used alongside simple line stitches to form a multiple border.  I am going to try that next!

Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

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

The floss I used is perle cotton - color variations no. 4200 by DMC.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mermaid Embroidery Part Two

I finished up the stitching on my mermaid and dolphin project.  
I am really happy with the result!
As you can see in this close up I used pearl beads and sequins in the mermaids hair 

and to accentuate the ocean waves

I like the sparkle and dimension these added to this project.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby Girl Embroidery Design

I have a new pattern available in my shop.  This one is called Baby Girl.  It is filled with sweet, feminine baby girl inspired motifs.

As you can see by the first picture in this post, I have stitched up one of the motifs.  A bunny framed by flowers:

For the floss, I chose pinks and a mint green.

I used just basic stitches on this project.  The flowers are Lazy Daisy stitch with French Knot centers.  The curving flower stems are Stem Stitch and the accent dots are French Knots.  

For the bunny, the outline is in Back Stitch. Her inner ear is Stem Stitch.  Her mouth is Back Stitch and so are her lashes.  Her nose and eyes are done with Satin Stitch.  I added French Knots in white for eye sparkle.

I love the color palette I used on this project!  

Here are the floss color numbers:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mermaid Embroidery Part One

I am starting a new stitching project.  The motif I will be working on features a beautiful mermaid and her sweet dolphin friend.  This motif is from the Sea Myths embroidery pattern.

There are so many floss and color decisions to make! What colors do you consider as mermaid colors?  I am thinking along the lines of the palette below {notice the two spools of sparkly blending filament}

I started with an easy decision - this green perle cotton floss for the mermaid's tail.  This is DMC number 988.   

I will be recording all the details of this project in my Embroidery Journal and keeping you up to date on my progress here on the blog.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hey Y'all Embroidery

 I just finished stitching this star and "Hey Y'all" text from the Texas! embroidery pattern set.  

I used French Knots for the star.  I used six strands of cotton floss for each French Knot.  The red is DMC no. 666, the blue is DMC no. 823 and the white is DMC blanc.

The lettering is down using Whipped Back Stitch. The brown floss is perle cotton, DMC no. 801.  The gold is Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik no. 002HL.  I love the Kreinik blending filament - it is very easy to work with!  I used two strands of the filament for the whipping.

This turned out really nice - I love the way the French Knots filled in the star shape!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Texas Embroidery Design

I have a new embroidery design set in my shop. Texas!  

This set has so many of the iconic images of the Lone Star State.  

Here is the state shape I just finished stitching.  

I used the blue, white and red of the Texas state flag. 

After outlining the three colored sections in Back Stitch

I filled the large colored areas using long Straight Stitches vertically, diagonally and horizontally.   I filled the star with Back Stitch and I whipped the Back Stitches on all the lines where two color sections met:

I will be back with some mores stitched samples from this set!