Every time I take a stitch I’m reminded of how hand embroidery brings artwork to life. How I enjoy these stitches that create a story on cloth!
With a few Stem Stitches water streams under the bridge into the river. Chain Stitches form a boat waiting for the owners of the house to take their trip. And a combination of Chain stitches, French Knots, and Fly Stitches create a sun rising behind the clouds to cheer them along their river journey. It is hand embroidery that brings this story to life.
Stitch Chain Stitches in a large arc across on the background fabric from the upper edges of the right side of the sky to make the sun. Stitch the arc to measure about 1 1/2″ in diameter making the outline of the sun. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
Continue to stitch Chain Stitches in rows right next to each other following the same arc to fill in the sun shape.
Stitch wavy rows of Chain Stitches horizontally across the background fabric to make clouds. Use a size 12 thread (like Ocean).
Stitch the clouds to within 1/4″ of the sides and top edges of the fabric.
Carefully trim the background fabric square if necessary leaving a scant 1/4″ of fabric around the edges for stitching the design to the backing fabric.
Center and pin the embroidery to the backing fabric.
Stitch-tack the embroidery onto the backing fabric.
Stitch Blanket Stitchesaround the edge of the background fabric attaching it to the backing fabric. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Lettuce) and a size 3 embroidery needle.
Trim the edges of the backing fabric to within 1/4″ of the background fabric.