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.

whipped running stitch

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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Changes on the Pumora website

Pumora get’s a makeover, but not only that. There are many things changing in my life – more on the inside than outside. Things that were crystal clear are shaking and I’m looking under every stone what’s hidden there.

It began in february when I filmed a beginner course in embroidery with and for Makerist. I suddenly realized how much I miss working with people and how much I actually know. This may sound weird, but even after writing a book and filming a class in embroidery I still have had the feeling I don’t know enough to be a professional. In my personal world somebody has to know everything before he’s allowed to teach it. But who meets this high standard? Furthermore are the mistakes we make on our learning experience not as important and shareworthy as the achievements?

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In our beautiful digital world where so many things are shown and shared the dark side of things very rarely come up. No, I don’t like to post pictures of a messy room, dish piles or the creative chaos we call our messy desks. Also I’m quite sure I would not like a Feed filled with photos all the time.But the Picture that’s emerging is that of a perfect world, where everything works perfectly and instantly – for the others. The mistakes you make yourself are visible to you, you can’t push them away with your middle finger. The misfit stitch you are redoing for the fifth time, the sleeve you sewed into the neckline (yeah… true story). More and more often I read that the progress of learning and making mistakes is important, but it’s also important to share these, too. Because the exchange of learning and experience is so much enhanced if the things you can do wrong are shown. That’s what mostly happens in the comments where everybody tells their anecdotes.

I want to encourage this showing of mistakes and document them here, too. I did this sometimes in textform so others may not repeat them or learn why it did happen so they can learn from it, too. But for the most part I have kept my mistakes to myself.

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The 2nd thing I realized this year is my focus has switched. I’m designing knitting and embroidery patterns for Pumora for almost 6 years now. I have learned A LOT and it was fun most of the time (taxes?). But in the last months I realized teaching is what makes my heart sing much more than designing.The embroidery stitch lexicon was a strng signal. There were many more signals, but I never truly dared to switch to teacher mode completely because I thought I didn’t know enough. Of course there still are many things to learn. Textiles are a field so vast you would need many lives to explore and learn everything and exactly that is the point – nobody can know it all, but I would love to play my part and make as much information available as I can.

Because of that this website will undergo some severe changes. The main part will become the knowledge base. All tutorials will be accessible through the main menue. I will look through every tutorial, merge what is double and correct where needed. The knowledge base will not be accessible through the blog anymore (except the already existing tutorials, I will not delete them for the sake of linking that has been done). The will be available through static pages and I hope this makes it more easy to find and navigate through them

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The big question for me was then, what should the blog be about when all the interesting stuff is outsourced? The blog will be there, but I will only write if I really have to say something. I got the impression lately that there were only pattern announcements, Tutorials and here and there a WIP. Things of my interest like garden, my animals, recipes and my thoughts I kept to myself because I thought it would not really fit in. Now that the knowledge part is out there it leaves space for the things that interest me outside of my work. The blog will become a window hrough which you can look into another part my world. Maybe I write nothing for weeks, maybe I write more I don’t know, but for me it is important to only write when it feels right and no meaningless spam for the sake of ‘you must post twice a day/week to get so and so many follower/readers’.

So far so good, the front page has already morphed and in the course of the next days I will organize the tutorials step by step. You will find everything via the search tool (upper right corner).

I wish you a beautiful weekend,

Anne

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

Instagram finds

I’m so very new to Instagram, the whole hashtag stuff and posting of pretty images is not a routine yet. I will not get into the habit of posting much simply because I have an old smartphone which shoots bad photos and I don’t want to shoot crappy pictures of my work. Yet I have recently found, that on instagram it’s so easy to find pictures of things made from my patterns and that’s SO exciting!

Maybe it’s not that obvious but seeing finished or in-progress photos of my patterns made by others is one of the most rewarding things that happen to designers. So if you have made something from my pattern, please share a picture, it really matters to me 🙂

I’m currently using the #pumora to tag my works since I’m not very creative when it comes to thinking up creative names or … hashtags. It’s not a coincidence that my geometric animal patterns have the practical but not so much innovative names Geometric bear/lion/rabbit/etc. I’ll work on that.

Ashley from the textile Podcast woolful has knitted up a version of my Josephine romper pattern. I believe it’s the first one of this pattern I see out in the wild.

Also I found a geometric bear stitched up in the woods by Lisa.