Joyful Heart

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Valentine #2 by Laura Wasilowski

May you have a joyful heart this Valentine’s Day. May your day be full of love for your family, your friends, your pet, your garden, your home, your art.

And when you get that box of chocolates, please invite me over.

Silk Stitch Along #17: Finishing the Edges

silkgardenembroideryTime to finish this small embroidery and dream of making the next one. In the beginning you’ll remember that we fused the silk background fabric and ironed it to a smaller piece of batting leaving a 1″ boarder of fabric around the edge. We’ll wrap that edge to the back now, finishing the piece.

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Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Fold a corner back onto the batting at at a 90 degree angle. Fuse the corner into place with a hot iron.
  • Repeat this at each corner.silkstitchalong27
  • Fold each side onto the batting making a sharp corner. Fuse the sides down with a hot iron.silkstitchalong28
  • Cut a piece of felt to measure about 1/4″ smaller on each edge than the size of the piece.
  • Stitch the felt to the back of the piece with a Running Stitch.

The complete tutorial for the Silk Stitch Along is found on the Tutorials Page of this website.

I hope you enjoyed it!

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Silk Stitch Along #16: Sky

silkstitchalong29It’s been a challenge trying to come up with an idea for stitching the sky in this Silk Stitch Along garden design. You don’t have to follow my plan, you can leave the sky free of stitching. But in my case, it felt right to add embroidery to the open areas of the sky.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

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Silk Stitch Along #15: Leaves and Buds

silkstitchalong24The gloomy days of winter persist here in Illinois. But soon sunshine and the blooming trees of Spring will appear. The next part of our Silk Stitch Along depicts the stunning days of Spring ahead by recreating fresh green leaves and cheerful flower buds in thread.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches around the ends of the tree branches to make leaves.
  • Use that same thread and fill in the opening is each Lazy Daisy Stitch with a Straight Stitch.

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You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Silk Stitch Along #14: Adding Branches

silkstitchalong32Remember that tree trunk you made early in the Silk Stitch Along? It looks a little bare and naked don’t you think? Lets dress it up with a few branches and maybe add a fig leave or two.

silkstitchalong33Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use the same size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle used to stitch the tree trunk.
  • Add adjacent rows of Chain Stitches extending from the tree trunk out to the right and left.
  • Add smaller branches off of larger ones with more Chain Stitches or Straight Stitches. 

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  • Use a variegated color size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches on the ends of the branches to make leaves.
  • Randomly add more Lazy Daisy Stitches around the these stitches to create a canopy of leaves.
  • Using that same thread, fill in each Lazy Daisy loop with a Straight Stitch.

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is

Silk Stitch Along #13: Long/Short Grass

silkstitchalong29As I once said to my dentist, “Will this filling hurt?” In the next part of the Silk Stitch Along we are doing lots of filling around the garden plants. And for some, adding lots of filling stitches may be painful and tedious. But unlike dentistry, these fillings are not absolutely necessary. You can skip the filling and just love your embroidery the way it is.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Choose a thread color that is analogous in color to the background fabric so it blends in with the background.
  • Stitch rows of Long and Short Stitches across the garden filling in the spaces between plants to make grass.

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  • Use the Satin Stitch to fill in the areas that are tight around plants and tree trunk.
  • Brush your teeth and make an appointment with your dentist today.

 You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.