Last week the last pattern of my set of 4 cross stitch patterns has been finished. I have combined all 4 to a beautiful ebook – as always in two languages (german and english).
I have tried a different design than usual and I hope you’ll like it.
Continueing the geometric animals series, here comes the rabbit – or easter bunny. This one is a really really fast embroidery project. Like the others it’s stitched in running stitch using pearl cotton and then threaded on the outline, nose and eyes.
Here are the rabbit’s geometric pals:
This is pattern is more like a guideline. Chaotic stitching is never really stuff for patterns because it’s well – chaotic. Nevertheless this time the chaotic stitching takes place around a defined shape.
grey felt – depending on your size of embroidery. If you chose to make it 11cm/4.33inch the felt should be about 25x25cm/10x10inch
embroidery floss – white DMC B5200, yellow DMC 745, blue DMC 807
1. First print the snowflake pattern to the size you want. Mine is 11cm/4.33inch. There should be at least 2cm/0.8inch to every side for the outside stitching. Cut out the snowflake.
2. Then pin the papercut onto your felt. Watch out to center it perfectly.
3. Begin to stitch around the papercut pattern with white embroidery floss (1stranded). It’s important to stitch into the borderline as often as possible. Here are some rules of thumb to avoid repetitive stitching patterns:
4. Remove the papercut and see if your edges look sharp enough when you look at it from a distance. If it still looks blurry, add some more stitches to these lines.
5. Use the yellow thread to add some extra stitches to the center star and the inner areas. I used up only one thread length total, so don’t overdo it.
6. After this use blue to stitch around the outlines again. Increase your range and make some long stitches around the white stitches, too.
6. Take a look from a distance to see how the overall look pleases your eye. It’s important not to overdo the stitches. We want to have the look of a frozen flower on a window, with frost nails and not a solid block of stitches 🙂
The Opal is a shiny and colourful gem. It changes it’s intensity and colors depending on the way you look at it. I wanted to capture the dynamic and playful colors with this one. While the center is very solid and compact, the mor you go to the outer sections the more it disintegrates into a hint of stitches and paling colors.
The making of this new mandala in the yet small series of crystal-themed embroideries:
I have shown you the lion sketch I made two weeks ago. Well the lion is all stitched up and I’ve made a brand new embroidery pattern out of it! It’s worked with pearl cotton on white(ish) linen in running stitch and threaded running stitch – an easy project and perfect for beginners. I like how the outline of the face pops out because of the solid lines in contrast to the dashed ones.
The face is mirrored to the right side and I managed to forget some lines on each side – duh! Can you spot them? Nevertheless I’ll leave it with this, because there is nothing meant to be perfect in this world.
I went to the local library yesterday and looked for some embroidery books. Along with dozens of knitting books were 4 embroidery books. 2 were related to christmas stitching, 1 basic stitches book and the 4th, well that book was an absolutely stunning collection of traditional austrian cross stitch patterns. It’s a book with whole table cloth patterns, church related things, a lot of animals (the kind you find on crests, the really old ones) and filling patterns. I wasn’t expecting THIS kind of book in my library and I’m so in love with it.
The book is called ” Alte Volkskunst – Kreuzstich – Ein Werkbuch” by the Leopold Stocker Verlag
Included are more embroidery pattern than someone could ever stitch alone in his life, a practical guide to embroidering cross stitch and some examples of finished objects. Incidentally my order of evenweave fabric came just in time, so I started embroidering in the evening. I must admit that cross stitch is not my favorite. Back when I was 11 or so, my grandma gave me an embroidery kit about 40x30cm large. It was laying around some time until once during my summer holidays I decided to stitch it up. Soon it became clear, that filling an area completely with cross stitch is quite timeconsuming. So my sisters jumped in and we made a game out of how much we managed to get finished. After 3 days of hard core stitching we gave up. It’s really frustrating for young girls to put so much time and effort into something that does not seem to be ever finished. Since then my enthusiasm for cross stitch was zero, BUT I thought I’ll give it another try. I made a cross stitch pattern out of my feathers embroidery and started the first one:
The feathers pattern I wrote about earlier this year is available now. I like the possibilities of hidden object pieces. You can assemble the individual parts as you like, change colors for every piece and discover the many shapes of a certain item.