I hope you are having a great summer time right now. Summer is not the ultimate time for crafting indoors (except when it's raining of course). Yet, there are days when the heat of the sun is just too much to bear. To have something to keep your hands busy is always a good idea. I have started some projects that are simple enough that I can pick them up when needed and without putting too much thought into it. Do you have any summer craft projects going? Or *gasp* have you started Christmas crafting already? Back to the topic: this is the 24th round of the stitch lexicon and it is filled with some incredible stitches.
The new embroidery stitches are:
On the weekend, I felt the urge to embroider something for myself. I had found my favorite black blazer I was wearing extensively before moving here. I don't know why, but it got buried in a box and it was not until now, that I discovered it again. So instead of stitching up the magpie pattern on yet another hoop wall art thingy, it wanted to be embroidered on this blazer! The blazer has a black and white stripe pattern which works so great with the magpie pattern.
1// With yellow transfer paper - I think it's chalk - I traced the magpie on the blazer. The yellow lines disappear very quickly, so I took a white chalk pencil and drew the lines that vanish too fast.
Thank you!During the past months, the embroidery stitch lexicon has not only grown in tutorials, it has brought many friendly people into my life. I appreciate your kind words, interesting questions and words of encouragement so much! The people in the world around me often don't get the whole embroidery thing I'm into. Knowing there are people in this world who do get it, who pick their brain about which stitches to use with the same joy and enthusiasm like me, who sit over the choice of which color of thread to use, who love to sit for hours and move the needle up and down, up and down - to be part of this magical and great community of embroiderers makes me very happy. To celebrate embroidery and the stitch lexicon I have prepared a special goodie for you!
The Embroidery Stitch Family GuideThe Embroidery Stitch Family Guide is an ebook with......
Can you imagine half of the year is already gone? It always strikes me at this time of the year, that we are at the peak of summer (I'm writing this while it's raining cats and dogs outside) and that the crafting season of falla nd winter is not so far away anymore. For me embroidery is much more related to the summer. My mother used to sit in the sun and stitch flowers while my sisters and I were playing outside. I guess that's why I always relate embroidery to sunshine and warmth instead of a winter activity (also light is sparse in winter, too, so not as much daylight time to stitch). When is your embroidery season? Summer, winter, fall or spring? Or are you embroidering like mad all year round and see no difference regarding the seasons? Let me know in the comments!
Here are the new embroidery stitches:
It's saturday again and this means: new embroidery stitch tutorials. With the crossed fly stitch the fly stitch family now is complete. Have a look! It's crazy to think about that at some point the leicon will be finished and there will be no tutorial-saturdays. *sigh* luckily there is always a stitch to add and yet... Can you relate? When I am right in the middle of a big project it all seems so much, that it's like a task with no end - until you can see it in the distance. The goal you have worked for. And then you have to think of something new - haha- ok it's actually fun to start new things. Now on to the stitches:
The new stitches
Last but not least, here comes Mrs. Does-it-all *drumroll*: the satin stitch flower. I have referred to the satin stitch as satan stitch before because it does take some practice to get it perfect and sometimes it's just annoyingly not doing what it should.
Nevertheless, the satin stitch technically is one of the easiest stitches! You can use it to cover tiny, small and medium areas and make all kinds of shapes. Satin stitch makes a very smooth and polished looking surface which sets it apart from all the stitches we used in the other parts of the series which have distinct lines to show.
To give your flowers more dimension you can blend in a......
Blanket stitch is a wonderful stitch for open and large motifs. You can use the blanket stitch to fill areas completely or partially. The smaller the space between stitches, the more of the underground fabric you will cover. Blanket stitch is a very economic stitch, leaving not much thread in the back, but a lot on the front. It works best with rounded shapes, like ovals or circles, but also scalloped edges.
Blanket stitch flower tutorials for you to try
Blanket stitch for other shapesYou can use the blanket stitch for other shapes, too. Here is a version to create leaves. Blanket stitch works great for bigger shapes. Teeny tiny things are not it's strong suit, so go bigger with them!
Let's talk about the most fun part of embroidery: Going 3D! Embroidery in itself is much more plastic than pure drawing or painting, but there are stitches and methods to raise this medium to another level.
Woven picot petalsThe woven picot petal creates a triangle, that is attached on the long end and the tip is completely disconnected from the fabric. Arrange it in a circle to make beautiful blossoms or side by side for tulips, artichokes, lotus or other flowers with pointy petals. If you want to overlap the petals, make sure to embroider the ones in the back first and then add the layers above.
The tassel flowerThere are plenty of flowers in nature which are soft and fuzzy. The tassel flower gives you the means to portrait them properly.......
Welcome to day 2 of the flower embroidery days! The name lazy daisy already reveals which flower it wants to mimic: the daisy. By altering the stitch length and amount you can create all kinds of long petal flowers! Here are some examples:
These kinds of flowers are so fast to whip up - give them a try! You can make really small or large ones, many petals or just three. Leave a gap in the middle (like in the first tutorial) and fill it up with straight stitches or french knots. Mix up long and short stitches or use different colors - this flower makes it so easy to go crazy and try new things out. If......
Let's look at the new stitches in the lexicon! We are now in round 19 - making it 173 stitch tutorials in the lexicon. All 5 are quite uncommon, so get your fabric out and give them a try :) I have written about Otomi before. It is basically a herringbone stitch worked very closely to cover all of the underlying fabric. Otomi is a very thread-saving stitch! Most of the thread is used in the front while in the back you will only see lines of tiny tiny dots. It takes a bit of practice to get used to this stitch, but when you get in full swing it's so fast!