What’s Your Favorite Combination?

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Garden of Flowers (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Tired of dreary old winter? Then its time to make your own spring bouquet! By combining simple embroidery stitches you can create recognizable shapes like flowers. The spiky yellow blooms in Garden of Flowers are made with five Fly Stitches placed in a circle with the points facing out. A mound of French Knots in turquoise thread fills in each center. Notice how the blue background fabric also plays a role in creating the shape of these sweet little flowers.

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Red Belly Bird (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Like sketching on fabric, combining a few stitches can also suggest a simple leaf shape. The leaves lining the Red Belly Bird’s nest are a combination of the Fern Stitch and Straight Stitches. Each branch of fern stitches is trimmed around the edge with straight stitches to make an enclosed leaf shape.

All it takes is the combination of a few simple embroidery stitches to make shapes on fabric. What’s your favorite combination to create shapes?

Organized? Maybe

threaddrawersOn occasion I like to look organized. This doesn’t happen often, so I’d like to share this rare moment with you. Here you see my hand dyed pearl cotton threads neatly stored in drawers. They are sorted by size (3, 5, 8, 12) and colorway. Organized, right?

threadtangledAnd then there’s this. Never wash your skeins of hand-dyed thread in the washing machine or people will think your are disorganized. How do you keep your threads organized?