Tag: embroidery

stitch lexicon round 15

lexicon of embroidery stitches

This weekend, the lexicon comes even closer to 150 stitch tutorials. What a number! Around this time last year the idea formed to document all embroidery stitches.

How it all began

When I look back, I wonder how I could even think of this crazy idea to document all embroidery stitches. But to be honest with you, I didn’t think that much about it then. There was this desire to absorb new stuff like a sponge and dive deep into something.

Back then I made a list to get an overview of all embroidery stitches I could find – and found out quickly that this would be interesting.

The following conversation with my partner during the list making process says it all:

Darling, I think this project I’m planning is going to take a while.” “What, why?” ” Well, I have already found over 100 stitches.” “Oh, ok, then you have something to do, right?”

A little bit later: “Daaaaarling? Did I reeeeaaaally say I wanted to learn them all?” “Yes you did.” “Do I have to?” “Leave me out of this. YOU wanted to do it!”

A little bit later: “Two-hundred-and-two” “What? “I think I want to cry, there are over 200 stitches.” He just grins way too broad.

Monster projects and how to tame them

You see, sometimes things take an unexpected turn and a small project turns from a nice little occupation to a massive beast to tame. It’s for you to decide if you are crazy enough to tame it anyways or leave it be! Many monster projects do have the potential to eat you whole and spit you out again – that’s why we avoid tackling them most of the time. The thought to fail is what makes it so daring and it can either encourage or discourage you to pursue it.

We don’t need a monster project on our back all the time but from time to time it brings a fresh breeze into our lives. For today it’s enough to just try out the new embroidery stitches.

Pick up a piece of fabric, needle and thread and stitch!

Do you have a monster project you are tackling right now or consider doing? Or what monster craft project did you manage to finish off that you are very proud of?
Write a comment below and tell! I would love to hear your experiences. What were the struggles you had or are having with your personal monster project?

The new stitches

lexicon of embroidery stitches

Stitch lexicon round 14

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

embroidery stitch lexicon round 14: bokhara couching - seed stitch - whipped running stitch - palestrina knot - fern stitch

Running stitch is the most basic stitch around the embroidery stitches. It may have the reputation to being dull and flat, but have a look at this: It’s amazing how the texture changes if you whip the running stitch. The flat one is seed stitch, the raised one is whipped running stitch. I think this picture reflects very well how small alterations of a stitch can change the whole thing.

I used this same effect in my geometric animals series, which is made entirely of running and whipped running stitch. You can check them out here.

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And here is what the 3 triangles for round 14 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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Stitch lexicon round 13

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

 

stitch lexicon round 13

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 13 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

triangle sampler round 13

 

Stitch lexicon round 12

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 12

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 12 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

Stitch lexicon round 11

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 11

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 11 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

Stitch Lexicon Round 10

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 10

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 10 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

hand embroidery triangle sampler round 10

Stitch Lexicon Round 9

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 9

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 9 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

triangle stitch sampler round 9

Stitch Lexicon Round 8

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 8

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 8 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

triangle stitch sampler term 8

Stitch Lexicon Round 7

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 7

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 7 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

triangle sampler round 7

Stitch lexicon round 6

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 6

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 6 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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Stitch lexicon round 5

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

Click on the names above to go directly to the stitch tutorial.

stitch lexicon round 5

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 5 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.
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Stitch lexicon round 4

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

Click on the names above to go directly to the stitch tutorial.

stitch lexicon round 4

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 4 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

 

stitch sampler project round 4

Stitch lexicon round 3

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

Click on the names above to get to the stitch tutorial!

stitch lexicon round 3
If you would like to practice these stitches, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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Stitch lexicon round 2

The next set of tutorials is finished. This time it’s from a variety of stitch families to mix things up a bit. There are 2 evergreens in it – the satin stitch and the french knot. Then 2 twists on classic stitches – the twisted chain stitch and the looped running stitch. Aaaaand a special stitch – la mouche. La mouche means the fly in french and I could not find an english name for it yet, but it’s such a cute name for a cute stitch, that I’ll leave it at this for now.

stitch lexicon round 2

If you would like to practice these stitches, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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Become a Patron for the embroidery stitch lexicon

Today I have something very special talk about. During the last months my focus changed from designing patterns to making more embroidery tutorials. I believe in the power of knowledge being accessible for everyone. However, I, too have to pay bills and making free tutorials sadly is not going to do that. The working hours I have are reserved for making new designs and organzing my pattern business. I would love to dedicate much more time to the teaching aspect of embroidery, but this is only possible if I get payed for my tutorials. There is the cat biting it’s tail. On one side I want free access for all of you but then I would have to limit the access by placing a price tag on it.

Luckily there is a simple solution for this: Patreon.

Patreon is a platform similiar to Kickstarter where you can support your artist of choice so he or she will be able to grow their business or simply do what they are best in. Maybe you have heard of it when Knitty, the biggest online knitting magazine, startet a Patreon campaign to be able to continue?

The difference to kickstarter is that it works more like a subscription. Patreon offers to subscribe for a monthly or per thing system – I will go for a monthly subscription. Every Patron gets to see a special Feed where I post behind the scenes stuff, all tutorials and videos, polls for future tutorials and an occasional free pattern.

Of course every tutorial, article and video will be published here, too, for everybody to use and see without paying anything. So why should you even consider paying for something that’s available for free anyways?

  1. There will be some behind the scenes stuff, that will not be available elsewhere.
  2. Through the polls and the community section of Patreon you have the chance to interact with me and fellow embroidery enthusiasts and influence which embroidery tutorials I might do next.
  3. Making a monthly income from my tutorials enables me to switch my focus from design work to teach work.
  4. There are some milestones at which I would be able to hire other professionals to help me make my tutorials even better and push them to the next level. I’m thinking about an Illustrator to make a graphic for every stitch and a webdesigner who makes the stitch lexicon more interactive and easy to use.
  5. One of the Patreon rewards include a monthly pattern that you can download for free during that month!
  6. You support an artist who wants to share her knowledge with the world 🙂

Speaking of rewards! The Pumora Patreon Feed will include all the boni described above. You’ll get access to it all no matter if you choose to go with 1$, 3$, 5§ or 10$ per month. I really don’t want to exclude anybody. However, if you decide to contribute 10$+, you will be able to download one of my patterns each month for free.

Thank you for reading this far. Your support in any way means the world for me and makes a huge difference in my life.

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New embroidery pattern: the advent calendar

I have shown a little bit of this cross stitch piece every now and then. Now it’s finished! My cross stitch advent calendar! This pattern is part of the collaboration with my mother. She is the designer behind the motifs and I rearranged them to one picture, changed some little things and made a pattern out of it.

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Christmas is not exactly around the corner right now, but let me tell you, it’s going to take while to stitch this one up, so it’s best to start a bit earlier then december. It took me about 2 weeks to make this one happen (the stitching alone). Some motifs are faster to make and some take their time, but at average you could do this as an actual advent calendar – one motif a day in december. This is of course if you do have time to stitch in december among all the other stuff that’s going on during that time of the year.

Getting each piece finished is kind of addictive and it’s so satisfiying to see the calendar grow. My favorite is the wreath. It was love at first sight and that’s why it’s place is right in the middle of it all.

I embroidered the numbers in gold thread, which is a pain to handle, but for such small things the effect definitely weights out the trouble. I’m very excited to see this framed in the light of

many candles when the wintertime comes.

advent calendar

advent calendar
Embroidery skills:
– cross stitch
Finished measurements (motif):
– horizontal 146 crosses – 23,36cm/9.2inch
– vertical 168 crosses – 26,88cm/10.58inch
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advent calendar

Summer days and starting projects

Summer has kicked in over here changing from unbearably hot to refreshing rainy days every couple of days. Last week I had my first car accident when I drove the kids back from school. I was sick, didn’t eat and drink enough and my blood pressure was very low. It was 34°C (93°F) which is way too hot if your car’s only ventilation is regulated by opening or closing the windows. Long story short, I got unconcious while driving but we had the most luck we could have had and nothing but a cracked side mirror happened. I can’t describe how grateful I am for the man who drove by and helped getting me and my kids save home and that it went how it went.

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Above you can see my organizer for the embroidery stitch flashcards. I like to have a physical copy of my work and being able to scribble translations on them and flip through them is very fun. I’m thinking about making a printable out of them once I finished the main stitches – what do you think? Am I the only one who loves things like this? It’s like collecting embroidery stitch cards.

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Making embroidery stitch tutorials is a lot of fun for me, but looking at the same fabric and thread all the time is not. Because of that I started 4 new projects. I knew you’d understand that. 3 of them are work anyway, the weaving project is the only ‘real just for fun’ project. I can see, that I have developped a strong affection for pink and turquoise.

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The next project is the best (because I’ve just started it yesterday). I have showed you the cross stitch fish collections which I made with my mother. She has send me the most beautiful hmhmhm (I can’t say it yet, it’s too soon) and I have started to assemble it in a new variation. And I LOVE TO STITCH THIS. It’s cross stitch again and it’s so relaxing and addictive to make such small motifs. They are small enough that you can embroider one or two in one day and that makes it easy to stitch your way through ‘just’ finishing this color part or ‘just’ this row. I remember the same problem with knitting hehe.

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