Join me for my first ever stitch along! We will be stitching the Bloom pattern, originally featured in Taproot Magazine. Download the PDF, grab some supplies and let's get stitching!
The full length videos will be uploaded to YouTube and linked here. Clips will be posted on Instagram and tagged with #bloomsal.
Video #1. Intro and Materials
Video #2. Vines and leaves
Video #3. Flowers Part One
The easiest way to complete a hand embroidery project is to finish it in a wooden embroidery hoop. For this tutorial I demonstrate two simple ways to finish your work in a hoop but there are many other options and variations you can try. I leave the backs of my hoops open, but if you’d like you can attach fabric (sewn or glued) or even some pretty card stock (glued) to the backs of your hoops to hide your stitches.
Before starting either method be sure the design is centered...
Long and short stitch, also known as "thread-painting" or "needle-painting" is a challenging yet rewarding embroidery skill. Use this stitch to create color gradations and shading or highlighting to give your subjects a three dimensional look. Here are a few key ideas I have discovered through many hours of long and short stitching.
Let's start with a refresher of basic long and short stitch.
Row 1 (A) is filled with alternating long and short stitches. The remaining rows (B - D) are filled by piercing through the previous row, creating overlap. Because the original row is...
UPDATE: Please find a video here showing a finishing method without glue. Write up to follow soon!
Please enjoy the video tutorial below or follow along with the photos and descriptions here. Do not transfer your design until you have hooped up your fabric!
To view this tutorial as a PDF please click here.
1. You will need 2 wooden hoops and some linen blend fabric. I have not been able to create a successful double hoop using cotton fabric - I can't get the assembly tight enough to remove all of the wrinkles. I believe that the...
Fishbone stitch is a favorite for leaves but it is a fairly versatile stitch that can be used for filling other shapes. Before getting into some fun variations here is a little refresher diagram and video.
In general, we move back and forth from the starting stitch (center line) starting at the top of the leaf and work down the sides of the outline. The stitches come up at the top and cross each other mid-leaf before going back down through the fabric. OR, as in the diagram, come up at A and then...