Home in the Country Stitch-Along #11

It’s the details that count!

In this step we are adding even more details to the Home in the Country design. These fine details help repeat color across the composition and give the piece a finished look.

Please note that directions are added to the Home in the Country Stitch-Along page after they are first posted here on the Artfabrik blog.

Step #11- Stitch Details on the Field, Tree Line, Water, and Tree Top

  • Stitch French Knots inside the branches of the trees on the tree line.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Sunrise).
  • Stitch a Straight Stitches across the top edge of the water to form grasses.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Peas in a Pod).
  • Stitch a Straight Stitch inside each loop of the Lazy Daisy stitches that form the leaves on the tree top.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Sunrise).

Home in the Country Stitch-Along #5

What’s a Home in the Country without a few fields in the landscape? In this step, we are adding 3 fields beginning with the center field. These stitches give us the basic structure of the fields. We’ll add more detail to them later.

Please note that directions are added to the Home in the Country Stitch-Along page after they are first posted here on the Artfabrik blog. You can join anytime.

Step #5- Stitching the Fields

  • Stitch Chain Stitches to outline the top of the center field shape following the running stitches.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Lime Frappe) and a size 3 hand embroidery needle.
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edge of the fabric on the right.
  • Stitch lines of Chain Stitches that taper from the top edge of the center field shape down to the running stitches marking the bottom edge of the field using that same thread.
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edge of the fabric on the right.
  • Stitch a row of Long and Short Stitches across the top right side of the center field to make the right field.
  • Use a size 8 thread (like Butter).
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edge of the fabric on the right.
  • Continue to add Long and Short Stitches across the right field up to the running stitches that mark the top of the field.
  • Use a variegated size 8 thread (like Sunrise).
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edge of the fabric on the right.
  • Remove the running stitches.
  • Stitch rows of Lazy Daisy Stitches vertically to fill in the left field.
  • Use a size 8 thread (like Peas in a Pod).
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edge of the fabric on the left.
  • Remove the running stitches.

Home in the Country Stitch-Along #4

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.

Please note that directions are added to the Home in the Country Stitch-Along page after they are first posted here on the Artfabrik blog. You can join anytime.

Step #4- Stitching the Tree

  • Stitch Stem Stitches to outline the tree trunk shape following the Running Stitches.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Grape Juice) and a size 3 hand embroidery needle.
  • Remove the running stitches.
  • Stitch Chain Stitches vertically in close rows inside the tree trunk shape to fill it in using that same color of thread.