Thursday, March 8, 2018

Shamrock Wreath

I wanted to share a project I recently finished for St. Patrick's day.  This shamrock wreath. 
I used a motif from my St. Patrick's day embroidery pattern set.  For the floss, I used perle cotton in three shades of green and gold metallic floss. 

The shamrock stems are done with Back Stitch, the leaves are done with Blanket Stitch and the gold dots are French Knots.  

Here is the color palette {with floss numbers} that I used for this project:

I still have plenty of time before the 17th for stitching something else from this set!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rose Stitch

Time to share the latest stitch I have learned.  Appropriately named the Rose Stitch, this one is categorized as a decorative or motif stitch.  Isn't it beautiful?

This stitch could not be easier to do.  It is made up of two stitches, a French Knot center and then concentric circles of overlapping Straight Stitches.    

For my demonstration, I used perle cotton floss.  The bright pink is DMC number 956 and the pale pink/white is DMC Color Variations number 4180. 

First, I used the bright pink floss:

and formed a single French Knot:

Next, I came back up through the fabric {still using the bright pink} right alongside the French Knot:

I pulled the floss all the way through and then went back into the fabric, forming a small slanting Straight Stitch:

I pulled all the way through and then came up through the fabric to form another slanting Straight Stitch.  Notice I started this one to overlap the first Straight Stitch:

I went back into the fabric and pulled all the way through to make the second Straight Stitch:

I continued around the French Knot, making overlapping Straight Stitches:

After making a full circle of stitches, I switched to the pale pink/white floss:

I came up through the fabric and started a new circle of overlapping Straight Stitches:

And another circle:

I did two circles in the pale pink/white floss, but if I wanted a bigger rose, I could have done several more circles.

Here is a look at the underside of the fabric after completing my stitching:

And the final result:

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Panda Embroidery Pattern

Panda is the name and subject of the new embroidery pattern set in my Etsy shop. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen a screen shot of this pattern set while it was still in the drawing phase.

Now here is a look at the completed pattern set:

I really enjoyed embroidering these two little friends:

and now I have a few new projects to start:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine's Day Heart

I love adding sequins to my embroidery projects.  {example  example} 
Recently, I decided to try using just sequins to fill an entire motif - in this case, one of the hearts from the Be Mine Valentine embroidery pattern.

For the sequins, I selected small {8 mm} size cup sequins in pink. I stitched them in place with sewing thread.  

First, I outlined the heart.  I started at the tip and centered the first sequin.  I found that the best looking results came from partially layering the the sequins.  You can see that each new sequin is on top of the previous sequin:

I went all the way around and then started the next row, following the outline...and so on... 

until it was completely filled in.  What do you think?  I love the sparkly result!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Laundry Embroidery Pattern

I have a new embroidery pattern set available in my shop!  Titled Laundry, the motifs in this set are all about laundry and laundry room decor.

 If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this screen capture picture I shared while I was designing this set.

Here is a look at the embroidery pattern set: 

and here is my current work in progress from this set:

The text is : wash - dry - fold - repeat :)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Guilloche Stitch


I have learned a new stitch to add to my 100 Stitches Plus list.  The Guilloche Stitch.  

This stitch is described as a wide border stitch.  It is a composite stitch made up of three different stitches ~ the Stem Stitch, the Straight Stitch and the French Knot.  The Straight Stitches are then laced.   

For my demonstration, I used three different colors of floss.  Black, pink and gray.  I also used my ruler and water soluble marker to draw some guidelines to follow:

My guidelines are 0.75" apart:

The first step is to stitch the two guidelines with Stem Stitch. 

These two lines make up the outside borders.  Now for the Straight Stitches.  These are formed in equally spaced columns of three stitches each: 

Now these Straight Stitches are laced.  I used the pink floss for this step:

Lacing is really easy, just bring the needle up through the fabric:

pull all the way through and then slide the needle under the next set of Stem Stitches ~ notice the needle is not going back into the fabric but just sliding on top of the fabric and under the stitches:

When I got to the last set of Straight Stitches, I went back into the fabric.  That is one half of the lacing.  For the second half,

I turned my hoop upside down.  Then I brought my needle up through the fabric: 

and laced my way back to the beginning: 

At the end, I went back into the fabric and then secured my floss on the underside.

Now for the French Knots.  For these I used the gray floss:

One French Knot in each circle created by the lacing:

This is a look at the underside of this composite stitch ~ very tidy for all the detail going on above!

I really like this stitch and I especially love this color combination :)
The colors used are DMC 310 {black} DMC 318 {gray} and DMC 956 {pink}.  These are all perle cotton floss.

The Guilloche Stitch is from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.