Silk Stitch Along #11: Sheaf Stitch Flowers

silkstitchalong24Say “I stitch a Sheaf Stitch a Sheaf Stitch I stitch.” fast 3 times. Fortunately for all of us, it is easier to stitch the Sheaf Stitch than to say the Sheaf Stitch. The next set of embroidered flowers for the Silk Stitch Along are a combination of the tongue twister Sheaf Stitch, Chain Stitch, and the ever popular, French Knot.

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

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  • Place groups or individual Sheaf Stitched flowers around the garden.

 

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 #10: Bullion Knot Flowers

silkstitchalong22Ever receive 250 flower bulbs as a birthday gift? It is a lovely idea except for one thing: you have the back-breaking work of planting those bulbs. But once planted, they return to brighten up your garden yearly. Adding dozens of small flowers resembling hyacinths to your Silk Stitch Along is work too. But your reward is joyful hits of color decorating your embroidered garden.

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 Bullion Knots across the grassy lines made with Blanket Stitches.
  • Place the Bullion Knots in groups or individually. Tie off the knots as you make them to secure them in place.

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 #9: Grass

silkstitchalong20The Blanket Stitch is a neat way of attaching a fabric shape to a background fabric. But did you know that you can also use this decorative stitch to make grass on your Silk Stitch Along piece?

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

  • Use a variegated color of size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a wobbly line of Blanket Stitches across the silk.
  • Vary the length and width of the stitches to make grass.
  • Using that same thread color, stitch Straight Stitches between the “teeth” of the Blanket Stitches to make more leaves of grass.

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  • Add more rows of grass across the piece.Don’t place them inside the bundles of Lazy Daisy flowers.
  • Follow the horizon line stitches and add a top row of grass to them.

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 #8: Ferns

silkstitchalong13The Stem Stitch is essential to your embroidery stitch repertoire. (And doesn’t it feel good to have a repertoire?) With it you can draw straight lines, curvy organic lines, or pack them close together to make solid shapes. Combine the versatile Stem Stitch with other stitches, and you’ll make recognizable shapes like the ferns above.

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

  • Use a variegated color of size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a hook shaped line about 1 1/2” long using Stem Stitches that begins at the base of the tree trunk and curls at the tip to form the center spine of a fern.
  • Using that same thread color, stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches down the length and on either side of the Stem Stitching to make leaves.
  • Add more ferns around the base of the tree trunk stitching a few on top of the tree trunk.

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  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread in a color contrasting to the color used for the fern leaves and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Straight Stitch inside each opening of the Lazy Daisy 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 so far.

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Silk Stitch Along #7: Needle Weaving Flowers

The next set of flowers for the Silk Stitch Along were made on a bumpy road to Canada. Or at least that’s my excuse for being a poor needle weaver. Needle Weaving uses 2 thread colors and conceals the background fabric by creating a checkerboard pattern. For you weavers out there, you’ll recognize it as a tabby weave. (Unless stitched on a bumpy road to Canada in the fog.)

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Here are the next stitching steps:

  • Use 2 colors of size 12 pearl cotton threads and size 5 or 7 embroidery needles.
  • Stitch a U shape using Stem Stitches measuring about 1/2″ across to make the outline of the flower base.
  • Using that same thread color, stitch the warp or vertical stitches for the Needle Weaving inside the flower base.
  • Use the second thread color and weave across the warp to fill in the flower base.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches across the open end of the flower to make petals.
  • Ask your driver to pull over so you can regain your eyesight.

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  • Make 2 or 3 more flowers.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle and fill in the Lazy Daisy Stitches with Straight Stitches.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle and place a French Knot at the base of a flower.
  • Use that same thread and stitch a Stem Stitch from the French Knot to the ground.
  • Repeat this for the other flowers.
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I apologize for the blurry photo. It was a bumpy road.

 

  • Using the same thread color as the stem to make the base of the plant.
  • Stack Fly Stitches on top of each other to form leaves. Place them across the bottom of the stems.

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 #6: Tree Trunk

silkstitchalong17Ah, the wonder of variegated threads! The changing colors found in variegated threads add spark and texture to embroidery. And you can create movement and interest without changing thread colors every 2 – 3 inches. That color change is especially effective when used to depict the texture of tree bark. Use variegated threads and a Chain Stitch for the next step in the Silk Stitch Along and your tree grows quickly.

silkstitchalong6Here are the next steps in the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread and a Size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Chain Stitches on the left side of the design. Begin the first row at the top of the design about 4″ in from the left side to make a tree branch.
  • Angle the branch shape down and to the left to about 2″ from the left side of the design.
  • Stitch down vertically to within 2″ of the base of the design to make a tree trunk.
  • Angle the stitches at the base of the tree trunk to the right for 1 – 2 inches to make a root.
  • The line of stitching should wobble slightly to reflect the organic nature of a tree trunk.

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  • Continue to add vertical rows of the Chain Stitch next to each other working from right to left.
  • Slowly taper the rows so the tree trunk is wider at the bottom than the top.
  • After you complete the large branch on the right, extend the tree trunk off the top edge of the design.
  • Add knots and branches if you like. More branches can always be added later.

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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