As we begin the next stage of stitching Home in the Country, I find I’m drawn to this variegated red violet thread called Grape Juice. And I think it will work perfectly to create the bark for that giant tree embracing the tiny home in the design. I mean, who doesn’t love a purple tree?
In this step we outline the tree trunk shape and then fill it in. You’ll notice that the Grape Juice variegated thread gives the tree dimension with it’s light and dark values of purple.
Stitch Blanket Stitches horizontally across the roof shape. Begin at the base of the roof and face the stitches so the tines of the Blanket Stitches touch the stem stitches that outline the bottom curve of the roof.
Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Aquamarine).
Continue to stitch rows of Blanket Stitches up to the tip of the roof making rows of box shapes.
Stitch a French Knot inside each box made by the blanket stitches on the roof.
The wool fabric I’m using in Home in the Country is a dream to stitch! It is a hand-dyed wool from my favorite wool dyer Tracy Trevethan. Using Tracy’s wool, I’ve assemble a Stitch Kit for you along with all the threads you’ll need to make the design. Or you can assemble your own stitch kit. You can see a complete list of the items you’ll need here including the link to the pattern.
Complete the directions below. Or follow the directions on the printed Home in the Country pattern to transfer the shapes to the fabric.
Place tracing paper on the drawing and trace it with a black marker. If you like, copy the dashed lines around the pattern too. It’s not necessary but they can help you line up the pattern on the fabric.
Place the fabric vertically so it is 8″ across by 10″ high.
Position the tracing paper on the wool fabric.
Pin the tracing paper into place.
Follow the black marker lines on the tracing and stitch the outline of the shapes in the design using Running Stitches. (Do not stitch the dashed lines around the edge if you have traced them.)
Stitch with a sewing thread (40 or 50 weight) or a size 12 pearl cotton in a color contrasting to the background fabric and a sewing needle or size 5 embroidery needle.
After stitching the outline, remove the paper using the tip of a pin to score the paper next to the stitches.
Gently rip away the paper.
The Running Stitches define the edges of the design and will be removed after stitching the shapes with permanent stitches.
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