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......
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!
These stitches made it into this round(click on the names to go directly to the matching tutorial)
Let's start with the first part of this series: the round flower. What is the round flower? It's created by spiraling the thread around a center point. There are several ways to do so, but all have in common, that they become either perfectly round or oval.
The woven/whipped spider wheelThis method works great with large and smaller circles. Really tiny ones are not possible with this stitch. First, you determine the size of the flower you want to make because this stitch can't become any bigger than that. The foundation stitches will define how huge this flower will become. The whipped spider wheel creates a very even looking flower. The foundation stitches create a segmented look without an actual line dividing the texture. When you spiral around towards the end, you will notice the previous stitches begin to cuddle and bulk together the more you add on the outside. If you......
Flowers, oh flowers. I have long avoided embroidering you, but in the end, you've got me still. I'm kind of in a love-hate relationship with flowers in embroidery. It's by far the most stitched motif - and it's by far the most stitched motif. Wait, what? Flower embroidery is lovely and very simple to stitch. They look great with everything. BUT they also have the reputation of being too old-fashioned (especially in embroidery!) and antiquated or even worse are a symbol of the "oppressed housewife".
Flower embroidery in modern timesLuckily flowers are receiving attention by many modern embroiderers who are showing new twists on this evergreen motif. By now it's almost impossible to NOT see something with flowers on it and finally, finally, flowers got me, too. When I was a kid I spent hours in my grandma's garden picking flowers. She......
I'll keep things short today and go directly to what it's all about this Saturday! The new stitch tutorials are out and online for you to make incredible things using them.
New in the stitch lexicon:
- japanese darning stitch
- knotted cable chain stitch
- twisted fly stitch
- tacked herringbone stitch
- arrowhead stitch
Be part of the stitch sampler projectParallel to the lexicon's new stitch additions I host a Sampler Along called The Triangle Sampler Project (yeah I know, I'm so bad with names ^^). Every other week, there is a set of 3 triangles to practice the new stitches added to the lexicon. It's the perfect opportunity to try out the more unusal stitches and incorporate into an actual project. The Sampler Along is hosted on Patreon, a platform to subscribe to an artist monthly, similiar......