Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Project

 I finished the stitching on another of the motifs in the Hot Air Balloon embroidery pattern set.  This one features a balloon caught in a storm.

For the clouds and wind I used variegated color floss. I love to use this floss because the progression of color along the floss gives a sense of movement.  This effect is perfect for stitching storm clouds!  All of these lines are done with Stem Stitch:   

For the sun, I used Stem Stitch and Straight Stitch

The balloon is outlined with Back Stitch.  The middle curved line is Double Knot Stitch and the other two are Stem Stitch. The "rosettes" on the middle curved line and the bottom curved line are Buttonhole Stitch. The top curved line has French Knots The big pink X's are Stem Stitch with a Cross Stitch at each center point. 

The basket is outlined in Back Stitch.  The top half is Whipped Stem Stitch.  I used Straight Stitches for the fill: 

I am recording all the details about this project for my embroidery journal

Here is the list of floss colors I used:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Point a la Minute Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches Plus post!  

I have learned a new stitch from Mary Webb's book Embroidery Stitches.

This is the Point a la Minute Stitch.  

This stitch consists of eight Straight Stitches arranged to form a cross shape with an open center.  It is made up of two sets of two vertical and two sets of two horizontal stitches.  These stitches are then whipped all the way around the cross shape.

To start, I formed the four vertical Straight Stitches: 

And then the four horizontal Straight Stitches:

For the whipping, I came up through the fabric under one of the horizontal stitches:

and whipped {or wrapped} the working floss around the Straight Stitch - notice the needle does not go back into or pick up any of the fabric, it just slides along the surface of the fabric, under the Straight Stitch: 

I kept whipping around and around:

and once the first Straight Stitch was completely whipped, I moved onto the vertical: 

I whipped my way around all of the Straight Stitches:

When all of the Straight Stitches were whipped, I was back to where I started and just went back into the fabric 

and secured my floss underneath. Since most of the action takes place on top of the fabric, this leaves the underside very neat:

The floss i used is a perle cotton floss.  This color is DMC color variations no. 4040

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Embroidery Project Part Three

I have finished my Easter embroidery project - and right in time!
You may remember from my previous posts on this project {part one} {part two} that I am making some Easter napkins.  
I used a variety of motifs from the Easter Embroidery Pattern:

I used four different egg motifs and stitched them in two spring colors - pink and yellow. 

For the grass and flowers, I used the same colors on all of the napkins - pale teal blue and mint green.

I used the Stem Stitch for all the grass and flower stems.  All of the eggs have rows of Straight Stitch in white or yellow.   All of the flowers are French Knots.

On this egg, I used the Stem Stitch to outline the egg, the Blanket Stitch for the top and bottom decorative lines, the Herringbone Stitch for the second line and the Chain Stitch for the third line. 

This egg is outlined with the Back Stitch and has Stem Stitch decorative lines:

This egg is outlined with the Back Stitch and has clusters of French Knots:

This egg is also outlined with the Back Stitch and has Double Knot Stitch decorative lines:

I am really pleased with these and am looking forward to using them this Easter!

Here are the floss colors I used:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Pattern

I have a new pattern set available in my Etsy shop.  

The pattern set is called Hot Air Balloons  

I am almost finished stitching these first two balloons and am looking forward to my next project from this set:

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Seafood Kitchen Towel - Part Three

I finished all the embroidery on my seafood kitchen towel project.  

I really love the color palette!  I used my color wheel to select the different colors.  

I find using a color wheel so helpful when I am selecting a color palette.  

You may remember that I was planning on adding some trim tape to the bottom of this towel.  I am rethinking that - I have pinned the tape in place and I think it distracts too much from the embroidery ;)

So, unless I change my mind about the tape, this kitchen towel is all finished!  I am really happy with the result!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easter Embroidery Project Part Two

Since my last post on this project, I have finished the embroidery on the second napkin.  This one features a pink Easter egg.  Isn't this floss pretty?  This is DMC's "color variations" perle cotton floss {no. 4180}.  I love the color shading of this floss, from the palest pink ~ almost white ~ to dark pink:

For the next napkin {you may remember I am making a set of eight!} I decided to combine some of the individual motifs from my Easter pattern set:

I cut out an egg and some grass and flowers and taped them together:

Now I will transfer this to fabric and start my stitching!

I am going to keep the same general theme for each of the napkins.  That means the same mint green grass and flower stems with the same blue French Knot flowers.  I will use a single pastel color or subtle variation in colors in perle cotton floss for the egg. And, I will continue to add Running Stitch to fill the open spaces on the eggs.  As you can see in this close up, I am doing the Running Stitch in a single strand of cotton floss:

I will keep posting on my progress.  I should be able to finish all eight by Easter :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wedding Cake Embroidery Part Two

I am back with part two of my wedding cake embroidery project.  

You can read part one {here}.  As you can see, since that last post, I decided to stay with the cream and gold color palette!

I finished the cake plate with some Herringbone Stitch:

This is such a beautiful stitch and adds the perfect decoration for the plate:

I also finished the bow 

and ribbon streamers.  I filled the ribbon with Running Stitch:  

For the top cake tier, I used a Whipped Stem Stitch for the decoration.  I whipped the cream colored cotton floss with gold metallic floss.  For the middle cake tier decoration, I stitched a line of Stem Stitch in cotton floss and couched a row of metallic gold floss right under the Stem Stitch.  I also added some pearl beads:

I really enjoyed adding a few extras to this project. The pearl beads added dimension and the metallic floss added so much sparkle.   I am pleased with the final result and happy that I kept the cream and gold color palette!