Remember the 7 days of stitches blog series? Every day for an entire week, I showed you one embroidery stitch in detail - how it is done, what you can use it for and inspiration on how to use it in your embroidery. As you know, there are many more than 7 embroidery stitches around. So I thought it's time to make a part 2 of the 7 days of stitches! Only this time, it's time to get your embroidery needles out! During the next 14 days, I challenge you to use the embroidery stitch of the day to make a stitch sampler. Not any stitch sampler - a labyrinth sampler!
The labyrinth challengeSometimes the embroidery stitch world feels like a massive labyrinth to walk through without a clear path to follow. Every turn you take offers a new thing you should know or a new thing to discover. And just......
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:
Last week I had this crazy idea. A fresh load of shiny new fabric arrived on my front door and I guess the patchwork virus got me. Patchwork is not my strong suit. I ALWAYS manage to confuse something and end up cutting seams that should not hold together the pieces I just attached to one another. But - just take a moment and imagine a quilt or patchwork thing you have, shrink it in size and put it in a mini hoop - just for a moment - isn't it adorable? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Also, tiny things always look good even if you screw up something (which I did - it's me and patchwork, but we did fine this time, I did not scream ... as loud). So the idea of a patchwork mini hoop was born!
On Instagram, I asked if you would enjoy......
This round all but one stitch are centered around the number 2. Double threaded or interlaced, mirrored and simply double - there are many possibilities to arrange the same stitch twice and get beautiful results.
The number two plays a major role in embroidery. You go up and down, left and right, it is a steady dance between 2 directions that form the incredible amount of possible stitches. Yesterday, I talked about the 2 methods of hand stitching:
Yesterday, I talked about the 2 methods of hand stitching: stabbing and sewing. In the tutorials all stitches are shown with the sewing method. Mainly, because I can show you 2 steps in one photo, which makes it less picture heavy. Showing a stitch in the stabbing method does require double the amount of pictures.
Nevertheless, stabbing is a much easier method to get neat stitches with and I highly encourage you to pursue......
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!