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
And now for the fun part in making this Felt Like Gardening composition. Connecting the flowers with Chain Stitches that curl and loop to the ground adds motion and liveliness to the design. It’s always good to give a composition as little activity.
As I set this aside for a new project, I’m reminded that we all have so many ideas in our head there’s not enough time to finish them all. You have to pick and choose. And sometimes we must give ourselves permission to choose the fun project over the obligatory project. Think we should all go play play with our fabric now!
Thank heavens for my skills of disorganization. As this embroidery evolves (without a plan), I am forced to discover new ways of using stitches and thread colors to enhance the felt. When in doubt, go with old Chain Stitches. They hold down the little yellow leafy things and Straight Stitches make the veins.
Next up: have Blanket Stitches girdle the flower lobes in place. (Girdle, haven’t used that word on years!) Add a few Bullion Knots to top off the flower and a Stem Stitch to outline the bud.
This strategy of not planning too far ahead for a project started years ago. I had a specific look I wanted to achieve for a piece of artwork. That look never approached what I saw in my minds eye. It was so disappointing that I did not live up to my own standards. And so I gave up and chucked my standards. And feel much better now, thank you. Give it a try. Chuck your standards today!
Time to tack down the rest of this grass (or whatever it’s called) on the felt garden project. The bottom of the edge of the felt has been trimmed with a pinking blade so I’ll use the size 8 thread to outline those edges. The ideal outline stitch on a pinked edge is the Fly Stitch. But lets change it up.
Instead of completing the Fly Stitch with a stitch to make the peak of the Fly, turn that stitch into a Lazy Daisy Stitch at the top of the peak.
And instead of completing the Lazy Daisy with a stitch over the top of the loop, add a French Knot to secure the loop.
Next, add a Straight Stitch inside each loop of the Lazy Daisy using a contrasting thread color. That was fun! I love it when I can combine stitches to make new marks. Hurray for embroidery!