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!

Learn How to Make this Embroidery

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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.

vaseonwool14Click 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

 

A Yellow Chair Stitch Along

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For those of you touring Germany this Fall, please stop in to your local quilt store for a copy of Quilt & Textilkunst Patchwork Professional.

You’ll know which magazine to pick up by the sight of my blue chair, Arm Chair Gardener, featured on the cover.

There is also a gift inside for you.

 

yellowchair1bA free tutorial shows you how to make this free-form Yellow Chair embroidery on wool. Step-by-step directions and images lead you through the process.

Not in Germany? Unable to read the German directions? Ah, then I have a solution for you. Check out the  Yellow Chair Tutorial on my website. And here is a Yellow Chair Stitch Kit to get you started.

Glückliche Stickerei!

Paint Brush Stitch Along

brush16Ready for another Stitch Along? Using techniques from my new book Joyful StitchingI’ll show you step-by-step how to make this lively paint brush. It only uses 7 hand embroidery stitches and there is a pattern ready for you to print and trace.

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There is also a Stitch Kit available for the Paint Brush Stitch Along. You can select one or all of the items to make the brush:  the wool background fabric, hand dyed threads, and embroidery needles.

 

Click here to begin your Paint Brush Stitch Along. If you can’t join the Stitch Along today, you can always find it and other Stitch Alongs here under Tutorials.

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Sheaf Stitch

silkstitchalong24The Sheaf Stitch is another embroidery stitch that heaps thread on the surface of fabric.(Here you see it being used in the Silk Stitch Along Tutorial .) A tidy bundle, long stitches of thread are cinched together and look like sheaves of wheat.

silkstitchalong25But my wheat sheaving days are over so I like to top the Sheaf Stitch with a French Knot or a Bullion Knot to make a flower. Here are directions for making the Sheaf Stitch. Have fun!

A Gift for Your Stitch Along

woolbird20In celebration of having a new book almost published (Joyful Stitching comes out in February), I’d like to get you warmed up for embroidery with a free tutorial on making this Wooly Bird. Sadly, he didn’t make the cut for the book but you’ll find his free pattern and stitch directions on the Wooly Bird Stitch Along.

wool3And in further celebration! (Cause I’m such a party gal.) I’ll be giving away a free swatch of wool along with a free pattern for the bird with every order placed on the Artfabrik Store. This offer is good now through the end of the year. It’s our choice of color but the wool is just the right size and weight for your Wooly Bird project.