Monday, May 21, 2018

Color Palette Inspiration

 This pretty floral paper is the inspiration for a color palette for my current embroidery project.

I have just started stitching this large motif of flowers from my Flower Fancy embroidery pattern set.  

Flower Fancy is 12 pages of beautiful flowers.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few in-progress pictures while I was designing this set:

Here is a picture of the pattern set - available in my Etsy shop.

I hope I can incorporate all of the colors from this palette!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Washington State Embroidery Project

I am just about finished with the stitching on my Washington State embroidery project.  
This big motif is an outline of the state with some recognizable features.

Rhododendron blossoms, cherries, apples, wheat, a Chinook salmon, raindrops, fir trees, mountain ranges a tugboat, the Capitol building and an orca.  

I think my next project from this pattern set will be the Sasquatch...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Pistil Stitch

Time to share a new stitch I have learned from my 100 Stitches Plus list.
This one is the Pistil Stitch - you can see from the above picture that it is the ideal stitch to use when forming part of the pistil of a flower!  

This stitch is very simple, it is basically a French Knot with a tail. 

For my demonstration, I am using a color variations pearl cotton floss, this is DMC number 4200 :

The first step is to come up through the fabric:

Pull the floss all the way through:

Now form the French Knot by winding the floss twice around your needle:

Carefully insert the needle back into the fabric a distance away from where the needle first emerged.  The distance away will determine the length of the tail :

Pull all the way through and the French Knot will snug up next to the fabric with the tail straight behind:

That is it!  If you want to make only one Pistil Stitch, you would now secure your floss on the underside of the fabric.  If you want to make several stitches, you just repeat the steps:

and then secure your floss underneath:

I learned this stitch from the book Elegant Stitches by Judith Baker Montano.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Embroidery

I have been embroidering this Mr. & Mrs. motif from my Wedding embroidery pattern set.  
I added the hearts motif and transferred them together onto my fabric: 

You can see the hearts are surrounded by small circles.  These circles indicate using French Knots but I thought some pearl beads would look beautiful! 
These come in such pretty colors:

I used the white ones.  On this close up, it is easy to see my stitching - the lettering is all done with Stem Stitch in light gray - this is DMC no. 415.  Then I laced the Stem Stitch with silver blending filament.  This is by Kreinik Threads and is silver no. 001.  I love using this filament.  It rarely tangles and adds so much sparkle.  I also used it on the hearts.  One is outlined in Stem Stitch and filled with Cross Stitches, the other is outlined in Back Stitch and filled with lines of Back Stitch.

I think this is beautiful. I really love the dimension the pearl beads give and the sparkle of silver:

Friday, April 20, 2018

Farm Embroidery Pattern

I have a new embroidery pattern in my shop!  It is called On The Farm.  

As you can see, this includes everything you would expect to find on a farm - I am really enjoying embroidering the motifs from this set!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Washington State Embroidery

 I have a new embroidery pattern available in my Etsy shop.  

This one is called Washington State and includes  motifs of many of the popular features of the Evergreen State. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this screen shot taken while I was drawing this pattern set:

Currently, I am embroidering this state outline motif:

Notice the Fishbone Stitch I used for all the leaves?  I used the Long and Short Stitch for the rhododendron blossoms, the Straight Stitch for the wheat heads, the Back Stitch for the text, the cherries and the Granny Smith apple:

I think this project will take a bit of time, since there are so many different items to stitch!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reversed Fly Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post.  I have just learned to do the Reversed Fly Stitch.

Isn't this a beautiful stitch?  This is used as either a line or a filling stitch.

For my demonstration, I am using perle cotton floss - this is DMC Color Variations no. 4022.

The first step is to form a regular Fly Stitch.  Come up through the fabric:

pull all the way through:

go back into the fabric a little to the right of where your needle first emerged:

Start pulling the floss through and you can see a loop forming:

Now before pulling all the way through, come back up through the fabric - notice the needle is coming up  between and a bit below the spots where the floss first emerged and first went back into the fabric.  Also, the needle will pass over the floss loop as you pull:

When you have pulled all the way through, go back into the fabric and this will complete the Fly Stitch:

Now for the reversed part of the Reversed Fly Stitch!  Start by coming up through the fabric below your first Fly Stitch:

Pull all the way through and go back into the fabric a little to the right of where the floss just emerged:

 Start pulling through to form the loop:

and just like before, bring your needle up through the fabric as the loop is forming.  Notice that the needle is coming up above the first Fly Stitch:

Pull all the way through:

and go back into the fabric to complete the stitch:

Done!  This stitch looks really beautiful when done in columns or rows:

I did a column of three - I am going to practice with different spacing and trying this in rows.  

Here is a view of the underside of this stitch:

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