Monday, September 25, 2017

Whipped Back Stitch



Time for a new stitch on my 100 Stitches Plus list.  This is the Whipped Back Stitch.  


This stitch is composed of a line of Back Stitches that is then whipped with a contrasting or same colored floss.  For my stitch, I am using a contrasting color floss.  


I stitched the line of Back Stitch in dark brown perle cotton floss.  
For the whipping, I used this beautiful blue perle cotton floss:


Whipping a line of stitching is very easy.  To begin, I brought the needle up through the fabric above the first Back Stitch:


I pulled the floss all the way through.  Next, I brought the needle around and slid the needle under the next Back Stitch.  Notice the needle is not going into or picking up any fabric, it is just sliding atop the fabric and under the stitching line:


I pulled until all the floss had passed under the stitch.  


Then I brought the needle around to slide under the next Back Stitch.  The whipping is always done in the same direction:



all along the line of stitching.  When I reached the final Back Stitch, I went back into the fabric right above the final stitch:


I pulled the needle all the way through and secured the floss on the underside of the fabric:


So simple and such a beautiful stitch! 


I found this stitch in the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gingerbread Embroidery Design


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a picture of my current stitching project...a gingerbread house! 

I am stitching the entire piece in perle cotton floss.










I love the bright candy colors.  When I finish this piece, I will make sure to post the floss numbers for my color palette.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Threaded Running Stitch


 The Threaded Running Stitch is the latest stitch I have learned on my 100 Stitches Plus journey.

As you can see by the picture {and figure out from the name}, this stitch is formed of two rows of Running Stitch that are threaded.  The threading can be done with a contrasting color floss.

To demonstrate this stitch, I chose two different floss colors.  For the two rows of Running Stitch, I used DMC color variations 4022. For the threading, I used DMC 995.  Both are perle cotton floss.



For the best looking result, I found it was a good idea to draw two parallel guidelines to keep the stitching straight and evenly spaced.  These two lines are 1/4" apart:


The first step is stitching the two rows of Running Stitch:




Notice these stitches line up so that the top and bottom match.  This makes it easier to thread them as "sets" of stitches:


Now for the threading:


I started at the left edge of the bottom line of Straight Stitches.  I came up through the fabric right under the first Straight Stitch:


I pulled the floss all the way through and then slid the needle under that first Running Stitch and over the first Running Stitch on the top row:


I pulled the floss all the way through:


Then I slid the needle under the top Running Stitch and under the bottom Running Stitch:


I gently pulled the floss all the way through:


Now for the next set of Running Stitches, I slid the needle under the bottom stitch and over the top stitch:


Then I pulled the floss through, being careful not to pull the whole way - this is so a nice loop will form under the bottom line of Running Stitches. 

I next slid the needle under the top and then the bottom stitch:


I continued lacing each set of Running Stitches in the same way:


and when I reached the last set, I went back into the fabric directly under the bottom Running Stitch:


Done!  


Here is a look at the underside of the stitch:


I think this is such a beautiful addition to the Running Stitch.  Two others I have learned are the Laced Running Stitch and the Whipped Running Stitch.  You can see those in a previous post here {here}. 


I found this stitch in the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teddy Bear Embroidery Pattern


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my stitching progress on this little teddy bear project.
 

I have just finished the stitching and I am so pleased with the result! 






I think roasting marshmallows over a campfire is a perfect summer motif :)  This pattern set has so many scenes like this one. I want to stitch them all up and I plan to incorporate them into a boy's quilt.

 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Burden Stitch


Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post!  I just learned how to do this beautiful filling stitch called the Burden Stitch.  

I used perle cotton floss in three different colors.  The bright blue is DMC no. 995, the pink is DMC no. 956 and the light blue is a DMC color variations no. 4022.



The Burden Stitch is a filling stitch.  It is composed of Straight Stitches that are laid horizontally and held in place by vertical Straight Stitches.  

I used the bright blue floss for the horizontal stitches:



I came up through the fabric:


pulled the floss all the way through and went back into the fabric to the right of where my floss first emerged. 



I pulled the floss all the way through and that formed the first horizontal Straight Stitch.



I made five more of these stitches - equally spaced:



Now for the vertical Straight Stitches.  These will be done with the color variations blue and the pink flosses. 



I started with the color variations blue floss.  These stitches will be holding the laid horizontal Straight Stitches in place.  I first came up through the fabric above the first horizontal Straight Stitch: 




and went back into the fabric right above the next horizontal Straight Stitch:


I pulled the floss all the way through to form the first vertical Straight Stitch.  
Next, I formed evenly spaced vertical Straight Stitches all along the horizontal Straight Stitch. 


Next, I used the pink floss.  Notice that I am starting this by coming up through the fabric right below the top horizontal Straight Stitch:


I went back into the fabric right above the third horizontal Straight Stitch:


I kept making these vertical Straight Stitches, alternating the floss colors until I had covered all the horizontal Straight Stitches:


This is a simple stitch to do.  I imagine it would be very effective at filling in large open spaces in embroidery motifs.  I also think it would be nice to use as a border:



Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:





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