The fused collage used as the tablecloth in my Spring Blooms quilt was looking a little sad and lonely today so I added some Cross Stitches in the Sprouts colorway. That cheered it up! Add a few Running Stitches to make a grid on the green tablecloth and we are about to call this quilt done and ready for machine stitching. Still loving this color combination!
Like any fused art quilt, the improvised vignette quilt, Spring Blooms #4, is steam set to the batting before hand stitching. An even set of Blanket Stitches surround the blue flowers (the focal point) which are topped with a healthy dose of French Knots. (I’m using a Size 8 Pearl Cotton Thread with a Size 4 embroidery needle.) The Red Hots thread colorway repeats the same color spicy red in the wallpaper stripe.
I must admit, hand embroidery really makes the quilt!
At last, that portable Needle and Thread Chart you’ve always wanted!
Yes, this handy dandy chart listing what size embroidery needle goes with what size pearl cotton thread can be yours! Place an order for anything in the Artfabrik Store this month, I’ll include one with your order.
Or just go to the Thread-u-cation Tutorial and you’ll see a version of it there.
It pleases me to announce the winner of really thick thread. Our hand-dyed Size 3 thread is bulky and bold and brilliant for couching on top of your quilts. Use a Size 8 or Size 12 pearl cotton thread to attach it to the surface of your art work. Then you have 2 colors to play with! (See Couching Instructions here.)
And the winner of the Size 3 thread is…..Sara K. May she enjoy both the bulky and the bold.
Here’s a tip: when you add hand stitchery to your fused art quilts, always start with the focal point. In this case we start embroidery on the birds then move on to other parts of the design like the flowers, stems, and grass.
An Outline Stitch around the edge of the bird in a bright blue Size 8 thread really gives that bird a boost. And the Blanket Stitch on the tail gives him lift!
Here’s a detail of all the stitching for our little bird. You’ll see the Outline Stitch, Blanket Stitch, French Knots, Fern Stitch, and Straight Stitches too. Check out my Thread-u-cation Page under Tutorials. There you’ll see how to make all these decorative embroidery stitches. Tomorrow we tackle the flowers!
The Wheat Ear stitch is so adorable. See it on the right? Like little people throwing up their hands, they reach for the sky. This is a linking stitch (similar to the Chair Stitch) but I use them as individual stitches to make sweet little flowers.
The stems for wheat ear flowers are made with a size 8 Evening Greens thread. But don’t you think the stem thread overpowers the delicate blooms? Me too. Stitch removal is required! That’s the best part of adding hand embroidery to fabric. You can always take it out if you don’t like it.
As I remove my stitches, you may want to know how to make the Wheat Ear Stitch. Check out Thread-u-cation on the Tutorials Page to learn that stitch and many more.