Stitch Tip #1: Show Off Your Tail

Thank you so much for joining me in my monthlong giveaway to celebrate the release of my new book Playful Free-Form Embroidery! The winner of our final giveaway, a copy of the book, is Karen S. May your stitching be playful and fun, Karen!

What’s Next? Stitch Tips!

Would you like to see some of the stitch tips and stitch combinations used in the book projects?

Some of these tips were learned the hard way- by making mistake after mistake! By showing you these tips, I hope to help you along your stitch journey when you create your next embroidery.

My first tip comes from the book project, On Pins and Needles.

Tip #1 Show Off Your Tail

Sometimes when stitching you think you are finished with an area and move on to the next bit of stitching. But after completing the embroidery on the bird in On Pins and Needles, I realized my tail was not holding up its end. The tail on the bird was overwhelmed by the pattern of the interior stitches.

Example of how to whip stitch a blanket stitch.

To balance out the shape I decided to outline the tail shape. Using the whip stitch, I drew a size 8 pearl cotton thread through the outside edge of the blanket stitches surrounding the tail.

And here is our adventurous bird with an enhanced tail. The moral of the story? Watch your tail!