Home in the Country Stitch-Along #1

A Free Tutorial

Please join me in this free tutorial for Home in the Country. Stitch along with me and create a whimsical house near a spring fed pond nestled in the rolling hills of the mid-west. The design is made with free-form hand embroidery on a single piece of wool fabric and measures about 8″ x 10″ when complete.

I’ll show you step-by-step how to create your Home in Country over the next few weeks. There is a simple pattern to download for the house, tree, fields, and sun. We’ll use basic hand embroidery stitches and pearl cotton threads in sizes 8 and 12.

Your first step is to gather your supplies for the stitch-along and to print out the pattern. You’ll also need basic sewing tools like a pair of scissors, thimble, and straight pins. No embroidery hoop is needed.

Please note that directions are added to the Home in the Country Stitch-Along page as we go. They are first posted here on the Artfabrik blog.

Step #1
Click here for a Home in the Country Stitch Kit or assemble the following items:

Join Our New Home in the Country Stitch-Along

Time for another stitch-along!

This time I’m making Home in the Country using wool fabric as the canvas and my hand-dyed pearl cotton threads for the embroidery. I’ll show you step-by-step how to make this small stitchery giving directions every few days until you have created your own home in the country.

Please note that directions are first given here on the blog. They are added to the Home in the Country Stitch-Along page as we go. You can join at any time.

Are you ready? Look for a list of supplies needed here.

Stitch Tip #12: What Knot to Do

Don’t be like me.

I have a bad habit of knotting the end of the thread before stitching. See how that light blue thread has caught on the yellow knot? This is bad!

I hadn’t realized that there was a giant loop of thread hanging off the back of the design until much later. That loop means the top threads can be pulled to the front of the design. I don’t pretend to be the neatest stitcher in the world and know that this will be covered up by a backing fabric. But my bad habit is shoddy workmanship.

This is how to best begin your threads. Take a few back stitches into the wrong side of the fabric. In this case I’m using felt so you won’t see the stitches on the right side of the fabric.

To end a thread, stitch into the previous stitches on the back of the design. Then clip both the ending thread and the tail of thread at the beginning of your stitches close to the fabric.

This is one of many stitch tips from Playful Free-Form Embroidery. Tips all learned the hard way!