Silk Stitch Along #14: Adding Branches

silkstitchalong32Remember that tree trunk you made early in the Silk Stitch Along? It looks a little bare and naked don’t you think? Lets dress it up with a few branches and maybe add a fig leave or two.

silkstitchalong33Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use the same size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle used to stitch the tree trunk.
  • Add adjacent rows of Chain Stitches extending from the tree trunk out to the right and left.
  • Add smaller branches off of larger ones with more Chain Stitches or Straight Stitches. 

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  • Use a variegated color size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches on the ends of the branches to make leaves.
  • Randomly add more Lazy Daisy Stitches around the these stitches to create a canopy of leaves.
  • Using that same thread, fill in each Lazy Daisy loop with a Straight Stitch.

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is

Silk Stitch Along #13: Long/Short Grass

silkstitchalong29As I once said to my dentist, “Will this filling hurt?” In the next part of the Silk Stitch Along we are doing lots of filling around the garden plants. And for some, adding lots of filling stitches may be painful and tedious. But unlike dentistry, these fillings are not absolutely necessary. You can skip the filling and just love your embroidery the way it is.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Choose a thread color that is analogous in color to the background fabric so it blends in with the background.
  • Stitch rows of Long and Short Stitches across the garden filling in the spaces between plants to make grass.

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  • Use the Satin Stitch to fill in the areas that are tight around plants and tree trunk.
  • Brush your teeth and make an appointment with your dentist today.

 You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

 

 

Silk Stitch Along #12: Lazy Daisy Leaves

silkstitchalong27The Lazy Daisy Stitch provides endless possibilities in embroidery. This versatile looping stitch has so far given us flower petals and ferns for the Silk Stitch Along. Now we’ll use it to create the fine leaves of plants growing in the garden.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

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  • Stack the stitches to make clumps of plants.
  • Stitch them around the Sheaf Stitched flowers and on top of the Blanket Stitched grass.

 You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Silk Stitch Along #11: Sheaf Stitch Flowers

silkstitchalong24Say “I stitch a Sheaf Stitch a Sheaf Stitch I stitch.” fast 3 times. Fortunately for all of us, it is easier to stitch the Sheaf Stitch than to say the Sheaf Stitch. The next set of embroidered flowers for the Silk Stitch Along are a combination of the tongue twister Sheaf Stitch, Chain Stitch, and the ever popular, French Knot.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

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  • Place groups or individual Sheaf Stitched flowers around the garden.

 

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Silk Stitch Along #10: Bullion Knot Flowers

silkstitchalong22Ever receive 250 flower bulbs as a birthday gift? It is a lovely idea except for one thing: you have the back-breaking work of planting those bulbs. But once planted, they return to brighten up your garden yearly. Adding dozens of small flowers resembling hyacinths to your Silk Stitch Along is work too. But your reward is joyful hits of color decorating your embroidered garden.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Bullion Knots across the grassy lines made with Blanket Stitches.
  • Place the Bullion Knots in groups or individually. Tie off the knots as you make them to secure them in place.

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Silk Stitch Along #9: Grass

silkstitchalong20The Blanket Stitch is a neat way of attaching a fabric shape to a background fabric. But did you know that you can also use this decorative stitch to make grass on your Silk Stitch Along piece?

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a wobbly line of Blanket Stitches across the silk.
  • Vary the length and width of the stitches to make grass.
  • Using that same thread color, stitch Straight Stitches between the “teeth” of the Blanket Stitches to make more leaves of grass.

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  • Add more rows of grass across the piece.Don’t place them inside the bundles of Lazy Daisy flowers.
  • Follow the horizon line stitches and add a top row of grass to them.

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

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