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

 

Give-Away and Wool Stitchery

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Stitching on wool by Paula.

Your needle and thread glide through wool fabric with a satisfying ease. Hand embroidery on wool makes for rich texture and pattern like Paula’s inventive design above. Her free-form flower, a sampler of colorful stitch combinations, has even attracted a honey bee!

NHworldquilt2Are you attracted to wool stitchery too?

Soon I’ll be teaching my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class at the World Quilt New England, in Manchester, NH. Students like Paula, will design their own artwork, transfer it to wool, and stitch with a selection of hand dyed threads.

I hope you can join me!

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Unable to visit with me in New Hampshire?

Then please leave a comment on today’s blog and you may be the lucky winner of a bag of small wool scraps plus a skein of  hand-dyed floss to start your  own wool project.

With a Light Heart

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With a Light Heart by Laura Wasilowski

Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilters Affair.

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card. My donation this year, With a Light Heart, measures about  4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

Here is a quick video about this little free-form embroidery. Enjoy!

Give-Away: Tasty Fabric and Thread

tastybiteofapple4A simple shape on fabric begs for hand embroidery. Inside that simple shape you can try new stitches, explore different color combinations, and build a space full of vibrant texture. A good example of this type of stitchery is called A Tasty Bite of Apple from my new book, Joyful Stitching.

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Tasty Bite of Apple by Laura Wasilowski

In this project, the outline of an apple shape is filled with a variety of stitches. There are patches of Needle Weaving, rows of Blanket Stitches holding French Knots, spirals drawn with Stem Stitches and Scattered Seed Stitches filling in the open areas. The stylized apple is surrounded by more stitchery to balance out the intense stitching of the apple. The whole project is dedicated to hand embroidery for fun!

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of this gorgeous purple wool fabric for the Tasty Bite of Apple project. It also comes with a skein of Asters Size 8 thread. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Give-Away: Joyful Stitching Book

songbirddetailHand embroidery on wool is so easy on the hands. Thread glides through the cloth with each stitch and knots hide in the bulky fabric. In the Rare Songbird project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, I use a hand-dyed wool for the background.

The Songbird is stitched on a beautiful blue wool dyed by Tracy Trevethan. The Wooly Ladies also carry wool suitable for hand work as do many of your local quilt shops.

wool3Another option is to dismantle that old wool coat you have in the closet and use it for stitchery. You’ll want to wash it and felt it before stitching. Here’s how to felt the wool:

  • Place the fabric in the washing machine with really hot water.
  • Set the machine to the fastest agitation setting.
  • Wash the wool with a little bit of detergent and a cold water rinse.
  • Throw it in the dryer or air dry the fabric.

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And now the the Give-Away part!

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of my new book, Joyful Stitching. The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.