Wool Stitch Along: Blanket Stitch and French Knot

stitchalong16

Make little boxes with the Blanket Stitch in the next compartment.

The good old Blanket Stitch is most often used to attach fabric shapes to a background fabric. It has little “teeth” that bite into the edge of the fabric shape when stitching it to the background. But did you know that those teeth can also make little box shapes on your fabric? We’ll use our teeth in the next compartment of the leaf in the Wool Stitch Along.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 4 parallel rows of the Blanket Stitch inside the next compartment.
  • In the bottom row, the “teeth” of the Blanket Stitch touch the Straight Stitches that make the lower vein line. This forms the first set of boxes.
  • In the next 2 rows, the teeth touch the top edge of the previous row to form boxes.
  • In the top row, the top edge of the Blanket Stitch is placed right next to the top vein. 

stitchalong17

  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add French Knots inside the boxes formed by the Blanket Stitches.

 Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Save

Save

Wool Stitch Along: Fly Stitch and French Knot

stitchalong14

Add rows of the Fly Stitch in the next compartment.

We’re moving up to the next compartment on the Wool Stitch Along. Again, we are combining 2 different stitches to make pattern. The Fly Stitch forms little arrows pointing to the outside edge of the leaf and French Knots fill in the shapes with color.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 6 – 7 rows of Fly Stitches across the compartment.
  • Point the stitches toward the outside edge of the leaf.

stitchalong15

  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add French Knots inside the V shape of each Fly Stitch.
  • Enjoy the color contrast and pattern the threads make.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Wool Stitch Along: Cable Stitch and Bullion Knots

stitchalong12

Stitch 2 lines of the Cable Stitch in the next compartment.

The next area to fill in for our Wool Stitch Along will have 2 stitches. The Cable Stitch divides the compartment into rows and Bullion Knots fill in the rows with bulky coils of thread. You can replace the Bullion Knots with French Knots if you like. But you like a challenge, right? So go for the Bullion!

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Run 2 rows of the Cable Stitch parallel to the arc of the leaf veins.
  • Stitch the rows about 1/8” to 1/4” apart inside the compartment.

stitchalong13

  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Fill in the area between the Cable Stitched rows with Bullion Knots. Run the stitches parallel to the rows.
  • Remove the needle from your hand and give yourself a high five for making the Bullion Knots.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

 

Wool Stitch Along: Back Stitch

stitchalong9

Add Back Stitches to the next compartment.

You’ll be familiar with our next stitch if you’ve used the Back Stitch to outline your leaf shape in our Wool Stitch Along. I like the Back Stitch for it’s dashing dashed line. It looks so trim and neat and well regulated. Just like my life.

Here are the directions:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Start stitching the Back Stitch inside the compartment about 1/8” away from the outside curve. Follow that curve up the leaf edge.
  • Stitch 3 – 4 more rows of Back Stitches about 1/8” apart following the previous curve.
  • (Please ignore that line of red thread on the left in the image above. I got carried away and forgot to take the photo of just the green stitches.)

stitchalong11

  • Use that same Back Stitch and fill in the spaces between the rows.
  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Enjoy this orderly pattern of dashes on the fabric and go reorganize your closet.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Wool Stitch Along: Lazy Daisy Stitch

stitchalong7

Fill in the compartment with Lazy Daisy Stitches.

The outline of our small leaf for the Wool Stitch Along is complete. And you’ve stitched the veins inside the leaf that divide it into 10 compartments. Those 10 open areas are for practicing different stitches. First up: Lazy Daisy Stitches. (Lazy Daisy is also known as Detached Chain Stitch which I think is rather harsh for such a sweet looping stitch.)

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch the Lazy Daisy Stitches in rows across the compartment. Point them toward the outside edge of the leaf.
  • Note the wonderful color changes that occur with a variegated thread.

stitchalong8This next part will make you so happy! Fill in each open loop of the Lazy Daisy with a Straight Stitch. Use the second color you’ve chosen for the embroidery. Don’t you love those little peaks of color inside the loop of the Lazy Daisy?

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Wool Stitch Along: Outlining

stitchalong5

Use the Back Stitch or Running Stitch to make a leaf shape. (I know it looks like an egg but we are calling it a leaf shape.)

Now that you have all the tools and materials at hand it’s time to begin the famous Wool Stitch Along.  A word of warning: this is free-form embroidery, therefore no pattern. Be brave!

The first thing to do is to free-form stitch an outline of a leaf shape on your wool with the size 8 thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle. My wobbly outline of the leaf shape above measures about 2 1/2” wide by 3 1/2” long and is placed at an angle on the 5” square of wool. I used the Back Stitch to outline the shape. You can also use a faster method, the Running Stitch. This basic outline of the leaf shape is later filled in with exciting stitch combinations.

stitchalong6

Make shapes inside the leaf shape with the Stem Stitch.

Your next step is to divide the interior of the leaf shape to make compartments for stitch combinations. Stitch down the center of the leaf to the base using a Stem Stitch. Stitch 4 lines of Stem Stitches at an angle on either side of the center line to form the veins. Stitch 6 rows of Stem Stitches right next to each other to form a stem measuring about 1” long. Stitch one row of Stem Stitches across the base of the stem to even it out.

Take a deep breath.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.