Thread-u-cation Thursday: Fern Stitch

fernstitch4Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the Fern Stitch. The Fern Stitch is a spiky little stitch for making climbing vines, veins on leaves, plant and tree forms, and for creating lots of thready texture.

fernstitch1Add a few Pistil Stitches between the spikes of the Fern Stitch to dress it up.

cactusonsilk12Or place Lazy Daisy Stitches between the spikes to make a soft edge plant sprouting out of the ground.

fernstitch7The directions for my version of the stitch are a little different. You start at the top of the line your want to stitch and work your way down. Here are the directions for the Fern Stitch. Have fun!

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Pistil Stitch

pistilstitch2Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the Pistil Stitch. The Pistil Stitch is a close relative of the French Knot but has more flare, more excitement, more thrill. Here it is adding drama (or pistils) to the top of a purple flower.

pistilstitch3But why limit the exuberant Pistil Stitch to flower tops?  This house is much more interesting with a roof top of Pistil Stitches. Who lives there? What do they do for a living? Are there any rooms available for rent?

pistilstitch7Think of Pistil Stitches a punctuation marks that add hits of color to fabric shapes. Stitched with a Size 8 pearl cotton thread in the  Aquamarine colorway, this fabric is about to pop with texture made by Pistil Stitches.

Here are directions for making the  Pistil Stitch. Happy Thread-u-cation Day!

Thread-u-cation Thursday: French Knot

frenchknot5Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the French Knot. The French Knot is a small hit or bead of color that gives you a dimensional stitch that leaps off the fabric.

frenchknot6Add the French Knot to any other stitch and its sure to liven up the playing field. Here you see it with the Ermine Stitch in a Size 12 pearl cotton thread on a silk fabric backed with batting. (Check out the Silk Stitch Along to see how to prepare the silk.) The thread colorway is called Really Red. It’s variegation of color ranges from red to gold. So is it really red? I’m not so sure.

frenchknot4Here you see French Knots used in several ways in this detail of a stitched bird. It becomes the highlight for the bird’s eye, a decorative band around his neck and a textural pattern for his wing.This thread colorway is called called Ornamental Grasses. (Sometimes its hard to come up with names for my threads.)

Why not add some French Knots to your artwork today? Here are directions for making the French Knot. Happy Thread-u-cation Day!

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Chain Stitch

chainstitch1Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the Chain Stitch. The Chain Stitch is a linear looping stitch useful in so many ways.

chainstitch3Use the Chain Stitch to draw heavy lines on your fabric like the puffy clouds in this quilt.  This stitch easily depicts the sharp corners and soft curves of clouds. Here the loops in the chain are left rather loose so a peek of fabric appears in each loop adding texture.

chainstitchsample2Line the Chain Stitch up in parallel lines leaving a slight gap between lines to make row upon row of crops in a field. The Size 12 pearl cotton thread is worked on a silk fabric backed with batting. (Check out the Silk Stitch Along to see how to prepare the silk.) The thread colorway is called Lime Frappe. It’s variegation of color ranges from yellow to gold, green, turquoise, and blue adding movement and interest to the embroidery.

chainstitchsample1Place Chain Stitches right next to each other and you conceal the background fabric completely. It is an easy way to create shapes on fabric like the spiral of stitches that make the sun in this quilt. This thread colorway is called aptly called Sunflowers.

Why not add some Chain Stitches to your artwork today? Here are directions for making the Chain Stitch. Happy Thread-u-cation Day!