Stitch Combinations and a Give-Away

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Part of the fun of hand embroidery is to discover different ways of combining stitches. Stitch combinations create texture, pattern, and recognizable shapes.  An example of stitches combined to make shapes are the flowers in the Love at First Stitch design from Joyful Stitching.

loveatfirststitch2To make this row of sunny blooms you’ll need Lazy Daisies for flower petals and leaves, French Knots for flower centers, and Stem Stitches for flower stems.

loveatfirststitch5Around the edge of this same design, combine the Herringbone Stitch with French Knots to build pattern. And thread a heavy Size 3 thread under the tines of Blanket Stitches to make a bold texture outlining the heart shape. There a so many ways to join your favorite stitches. And it’s fun to invent new combinations. Give it a try!

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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 the felt fabrics used to make the Love at Stitch project. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.