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

 

Tutorial by a Guest Artist

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Leaf on Wool by Suzanne

Do you know about my free Tutorials? I’m so happy that Suzanne tried the Leaf Stitch Along tutorial to make this delightful piece of art work. Don’t you love the thread colors she chose? They really pop on the dark background. Thanks for sharing your work, Suzanne!

leaf1aThe Leaf Stitch Along is just one of many you can try on wool, felt, or silk fabrics. This particular tutorial is a sort of sampler of stitches. Each partition in the leaf explores a different stitch combination. Change up the colors, fabrics, or stitches for your leaf. It’s all about enjoying the embroidery process and creating. Check out other free Tutorials here.

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!

Teach a Kid to Stitch

dishtowel Like many of you I began as a child. My mom taught me the basic hand stitches for that time honored craft of embroidery on dish towels. I took to it like a dancing tomato.

kidstitchingNow it’s time to teach our children (or grandchildren) to stitch. Hand embroidery is an art form that deals with color, texture, pattern, and the joy of making something by hand. Instead of a video game, give them a needle and thread.

handoffortunemaxSo here’s an idea. Trace your child’s hand onto cotton or silk fabric. Put it in a hoop or fuse it to batting for stability (this is how the Hand of Fortune embroidery is done). Basic stitches like the Running Stitch, Stem Stitches, and Cross Stitches are easy to learn. Older children can learn Lazy Daisy Stitches and French Knots.

That’s all you need to have fun. Teach a kid to stitch.

An Etui for Youi

etui12Traveling this summer? Then you need a portable sewing kit or etui like this to carry all your sewing needs. It’s easy to make and small enough to fit into your purse, glove compartment, saddle bags, or under the seat in front of you.

etui10This little etui measures about 5″ x 6″ and is made with felt and a stiff interfacing like Timtex. Stitched together by hand, it holds your scissors, thimble, needles, and pins. Click here for directions on how to make your etui.