Pistil Stitch and Give-Away Winner

fernstitch1You ask, the Pistil Stitch, that’s only for making flower pistils, right? Of course not! In the world of hand embroidery, stitches are free to do what ever you like. Here you see a favorite stitch combination: the Fern Stitch and the Pistil Stitch happily creating lots of thready texture in the Hand of Fortune project from Joyful Stitching.

handoffortune2But wait! Isn’t the Fern Stitch for making climbing vines, veins on leaves, and other plant forms? Again, stitches don’t have to be representative of any specific shape. You can use them to create pattern, line, and texture. Embroidery is a way to mark the fabric, like a pen drawn on paper. 


Winner Announced!

And the lucky winner lucky winner of a pre-printed hand shape used to make the Hand of Fortune project is Nancy N.

Congratulations! I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.


Stitch Artistry


Stitched Landscape by Sandi.

Hand embroidery builds texture, pattern, and character. This small stitchery (9″ x 7″) by Sandi is a great example of free-form embroidery on a piece of hand-dyed silk. Taking my Free-Stitched Embroidery Landscape class last year, she brought her creation to a recent class in Sisters, OR. I love how she used the color gradation of the single piece of fabric to make this lovely mountain landscape. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us Sandi!

Improv Stitching on Wool #1

woolimprov1When learning a new skill, do you learn by watching another person do it, by listening to directions, or by reading about how to do it?

During my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool classes students are given a book with embroidery stitch directions. But I’m also happy to demonstrate stitches and talk them  through the process of acquiring a new stitching skill.

The set of stitches above are from one of those demonstrations showing a closed Blanket Stitch, Bullion Knots, and Couching. Could this sampler of stitches be used as a jumping off point for a new design? Stay tuned and we’ll see if I can turn those random stitches into something.

Wool for Stitching


I don’t dye wool. But I do buy wool. And I have a favorite hand-dyed wool supplier you may be interested in,Tracy Trevethan. Tracy has a wide range of bright, clear colors.


Check out the Wool Stitch Along

The wool Tracy dyes is perfect for the Wool Stitch along project where we make a leaf. The leaf is sort of a sampler of different embroidery stitches and combinations that make texture and pattern. So get some of that yummy wool by Tracy Trevethan and give it a try!





Embroidery Sampler: Guest Artist


Embroidery on wool by Paula

During my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class students seem to focus on different goals. In class they make simple sketches, transfer the sketch to a swatch of wool, and embellish it with embroidery. Some focus on the sketch or design creating something personal to them. Others find thread color choices and placement important. There are also students who want to learn how to make certain stitches.

And then there are those like Paula (above) who make a sampler type of embroidery. It’s a way to explore different stitch combinations and make a beautiful piece of art work at the same time. Thank you, Paula, for sharing your sweet wool embroidery with us. Love the bee!

Silk Stitch Along #17: Finishing the Edges

silkgardenembroideryTime to finish this small embroidery and dream of making the next one. In the beginning you’ll remember that we fused the silk background fabric and ironed it to a smaller piece of batting leaving a 1″ boarder of fabric around the edge. We’ll wrap that edge to the back now, finishing the piece.


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

  • Fold a corner back onto the batting at at a 90 degree angle. Fuse the corner into place with a hot iron.
  • Repeat this at each corner.silkstitchalong27
  • Fold each side onto the batting making a sharp corner. Fuse the sides down with a hot iron.silkstitchalong28
  • Cut a piece of felt to measure about 1/4″ smaller on each edge than the size of the piece.
  • Stitch the felt to the back of the piece with a Running Stitch.

The complete tutorial for the Silk Stitch Along is found on the Tutorials Page of this website.

I hope you enjoyed it!