One of my favorite embroidery stitch combinations is next on our Flower Vase Stitch Along. It’s a combination of the Blanket Stitch and the French Knot. This combo makes for some wonderful texture. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)
- Stitch 3 rows of Blanket Stitches across the vase to make a band of stitches above the previously stitched rows.
- Stitch the rows closely together to make little boxes of thread.
- Use light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
- Fill in each box made by the Blanket Stitches with French Knots.
- Use yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
- Stitch 3 rows of Stem Stitches across the vase to make a band of stitches above the previously stitched rows.
- Space the rows about 1/8″ apart.
- Use red thread thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
- Fill in the rows made by the Stem Stitches with French Knots.
- Use blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
- Don’t you love how the French Knot adds that wonderful accent to each stitch combination?
Ready to begin our Flower Vase Stitch Along?
This project is designed so we can experiment with lots of stitch combinations along the way. As we progress, you’ll find current directions added to the Flower Vase Tutorial page.
Also, each embroidery stitch will have a link to the Embroidery Stitch Directions for that stitch. And I’ll suggest thread colors but you can do whatever you please!
Here’s what you’ll need to begin your Flower Vase project on wool:
- Wool or other fabric measuring 6″ x 7″ for the background
- Size 8 white (or other light colored) pearl cotton thread to outline the shape of the vase
- Size 3 hand embroidery needles
- Flower Vase pattern PDF downloaded and printed
- Size 8 pearl cotton thread in blue and red
- Place the fabric vertically so it is 6″ across by 7″ high.
- Position the vase tracing about 1″ up from the bottom of the fabric.
- Pin the tracing into place and follow the directions on the Flower Vase pattern to transfer the vase shape to the background fabric.
- Stitch 3 rows of Chain Stitches across the base of the vase using the blue thread.
- Fill in each loop of the Chain Stitch with a French Knot using the red thread.
- Enjoy your first stitch combination!
Flower Vase by Laura Wasilowski
Would you like to join me in a new stitch-along? This is the project I have in mind, a vase full of flowers to cheer up a gloomy winter’s day. I’ll give you step-by-step directions beginning today. Soon you’ll be relaxing with fabric and thread and creating a colorful vase with most unusual flowers.
This version of Flower Vase is embroidered on wool but you can use any fabric you like as a canvas. Directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.
Click here for a Flower Vase Stitch Kit or assemble the following items:
- Black wool (or other fabric of your choice) measuring 6″ x 7″
- Size 8 pearl cotton threads in these variegated colors: blue, red, yellow, light/medium green, medium/dark green, and white thread for outlining the shape. (These are the Artfabrik colorways I used: Degas Blue, Really Red, Butter, Lettuce, Moss.)
- Size 3 hand embroidery needles
- Download and print out of the Flower Vase pattern
Small World #7 by Laura Wasilowski
You are so imaginative! I want to thank you all for your great suggestions for the name of my new series of house quilts in 2019. (Now all I have to do is complete one.)
Housing Department #28 by Laura Wasilowski
The winner of the naming contest is Chris K. She suggested some version of Uptown. It sounds so fancy and glamorous! In gratitude for naming the Uptown series I’ll be sending her some fun house patterns. Thank you Chris!
Whimsy Lane #9 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
Each year I have a quest and I’m hoping you can help me. I need a new name for the series of house quilts I’m making.
Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
In the past there have been the Housing Department, Windy City, Whimsy Lane, Small World, My House, and (most peculiar) Tilty Town series. Have any ideas of what I might call the new series? And before you get too carried away, please note that Nut House is already taken.
My House #12 by Laura Wasilowski
If I pick your title for the new series I’ll send you something fun from my house. Any ideas?
Thank you for celebrating the longevity of my plant and the publication of Joyful Stitching. Both have survived a year under my care. Hurrah!
And hurrah for the winner of the give-away of Joyful Stitching: Ellee. I hope you enjoy the book.
But wait, there’s more! I’d also like to give you all a gift and thank you for visiting my blog. Please click here to download a PDF of this pattern: Housing Department.