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. 

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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.

 

Your Future and a Give-Away

handoffortuneHow is your future looking to you? With the Hand of Fortune project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, you can design your own destiny. You take control and tell your own fortune with embroidery stitches. In the book, you are given a palm shaped pattern ready for stitch exploration and for telling your own story.

handoffortune3After all that intense stitchery of your future life, why not surround it with a great filler stitch, the Scattered Seed Stitch? It’s fast and an easy way to add texture to the background fabric. Directions for the Scattered Seed Stitch and 20 other embroidery stitches are included in the book. Give it a try!

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And now the the Give-Away part.

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of this pre-printed palm shape used to make the Hand of Fortune project. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

 

Felt Like Stitching and Give-Away Winner

folkartgardendetail2Have you felt like stitching lately?

Then try embroidery on felt. It is so easy to stitch. I love how the threads glide through the felt saving my old, creaky hands. And it’s available in colors from bright to neutral. (As you can see from the felt used in the Folk Art Garden project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, I’m trying to bridge both camps.)

 

 

folkartgardenAnother attribute of felt?

It doesn’t fray. I like to cut it with decorative rotary cutter blades to embellish my designs. The blades come in pinking, wave, and scallop. (A pinking blade was used around the edge of the Folk Art Garden project.)

Want to learn how to load those decorative blades on your rotary cutter handles? Check out this tutorial.

 

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Winner Announced!

And the lucky winner lucky winner of a 45mm pinking blade used to make the Folk Art Garden project is Caroline P.

Congratulations! I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Cutting Felt and a Give-Away

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Felt Like Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

Have you worked with felt? Felt has a cozy, folk-art look you associate with the flat, non-reflective texture of penny rugs. Felt is a non-woven fabric made from fibers pressed together. Hand felted wool is lovely to work but not readily available. So I use commercial felt. The best felt for stitching is made with a high percentage of wool combined with some synthetic fibers.

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Felt is so easy to stitch.Thread glides through it like butter. Use a Size 8, 5 or 3 pearl cotton thread.

And it doesn’t fray. Cut felt with scissors, decorative rotary cutter blades, or even a die cutter.

In the Folk Art Garden Project from Joyful Stitching, I used a pinking blade in the rotary cutter to trim the edges of the pink felt. This decorative edge is then embellished with a Fly Stitch.

 

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of a 45mm pinking blade used to make the Folk Art Garden project. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

 

Bold Threads and a Give Away Winner

loveatfirststitch5Pearl cotton threads come in a variety of sizes suitable for hand embroidery. Some, like Size 12, are fine and useful for small details like the stems and leaves making the flowers above. Other pearl cottons, like Size 3, are hefty. See the bold yellow threads? Difficult for a lot of hand stitching, Size 3 pearl cotton is perfect for Couching.

loveatfirststitch3Couching is a method of securing thick threads onto fabric with finer threads like a Size 8 or 12. In the Love at First Stitch project from Joyful Stitching, Size 3 threads are couched to make the ground for the garden plots. A Size 3 also slides under the tines of Blanket Stitches to add a heavy border to the heart shape.  Want a bold line on your design? Use Size 3.

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Winner Announced!

And the lucky winner of the felt fabrics to make her own Love at First Stitch project is Jean E.

Congratulations! I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Stitch Combinations and a Give-Away

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Part of the fun of hand embroidery is to discover different ways of combining stitches. Stitch combinations create texture, pattern, and recognizable shapes.  An example of stitches combined to make shapes are the flowers in the Love at First Stitch design from Joyful Stitching.

loveatfirststitch2To make this row of sunny blooms you’ll need Lazy Daisies for flower petals and leaves, French Knots for flower centers, and Stem Stitches for flower stems.

loveatfirststitch5Around the edge of this same design, combine the Herringbone Stitch with French Knots to build pattern. And thread a heavy Size 3 thread under the tines of Blanket Stitches to make a bold texture outlining the heart shape. There a so many ways to join your favorite stitches. And it’s fun to invent new combinations. Give it a try!

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of the felt fabrics used to make the Love at Stitch project. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.