Flower Vase Stitch Along #6

vaseonwool16These flowers are only indigenous to the Chicagoland area so you may not recognize them. And it takes several stitches to bring them to life. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch a Lazy Daisy Stitch about 3″ up from the center of the rim of the vase using a light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Using that same thread, stitch a line of Fern Stitches down into the previous stitches to make a center flower stem.

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  • Stitch Fly Stitches on either side of the Fern Stitch line to make flowers.
  • Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Straight Stitch inside the loop of the top Lazy Daisy Stitch using a yellow thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Using that same thread, stitch French Knots  inside of each flower.
  • Repeat the above steps to make 2 more flower stems on either side of the first stem.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #5

vaseonwool13Time to fill up that colorful vase with lots of stitch combo plants. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch 4 lines of Stem Stitches arcing out of the vase to make stems.
  • Use a medium/dark green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches on either side of each stem to make leaves.
  • Use a medium/dark green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch Ermine Stitches on the ends of stem to make a flower.
  • Use a blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch French Knots in the center of each Ermine Stitch.
  • Use a yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Bullion Knots between each spike of the Ermine Stitch.
  • Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #4

vaseonwool11To complete the vase shape, we’ll add another fun stitch combination and some free form embroidery. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch 3 rows of Back Stitches across the vase to make a band of stitches above the previously stitched rows.
  • Space the rows about 1/8″ apart.
  • Use a yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Fill the rows made by the Back Stitches with Bullion Knots.
  • Use blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch rows of Running Stitches curving up from the last band of stitches to the top of the vase shape.
  • Space the rows about 1/8″ apart.
  • Use  light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Fill the previous rows of Running Stitches with more Running Stitches.
  • Use red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 2 rows of Stem Stitches across the top of the vase to make the rim.
  • Use red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Remove the Running Stitches used to outline the vase shape on the wool.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #3

vaseonwool8Tell me if you see this too. This embroidery stitch combination above resembles an avocado sliced in half.  The Lazy Daisy Stitch forms the avocado slice and the French Knot makes the pit. See it? Or am I just hungry. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch a row of the Lazy Daisy Stitches across the vase to make a band of stitches above the previously stitched rows.
  • Alternate the stitch so the loop or rounded end is facing up then facing down.
  • Use light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Fill in each loop made by the Lazy Daisy Stitches with French Knots.
  • Use red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch a second row of the Lazy Daisy Stitches across the vase to make a band of stitches above the previously stitched rows.
  • Alternate the stitch so the loop or rounded end is facing up then facing down.
  • Use red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Fill in each loop made by the Lazy Daisy Stitches with French Knots.
  • Use yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #2

vaseonwool4One 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.

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  • Fill in each box made by the Blanket Stitches with French Knots.
  • Use yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

Flower Vase Stitch Along #1

vaseonwoolReady 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

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  • 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.

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  • Stitch 3 rows of Chain Stitches across the base of the vase using the blue thread.

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  • Fill in each loop of the Chain Stitch with a French Knot using the red thread.
  • Enjoy your first stitch combination!