Learn Stitches Step-by-Step

Ever have a quilt that is rather um…..blah? Why not add hand embroidery to it? Hand embroidery transforms your design. It will bring your quilt to life!

And that’s what I like about my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes. It allows me to show you step-by-step how to add hand embroidery to a quilt. I discuss thread colors and sizes, needles, and stitch choices as I complete a design.

Each embroidery stitch is demonstrated several times. And if you need more stitch instructions you can always refer to my Hand Embroidery Stitch Library.It comes free with the class.

A Blog Tour with Giveaways!

One more thing.

My friend, Christen Brown, is giving a blog tour of her new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary. And an ebook is given away at each stop on the tour. (Look for my give-away on September 23.)

If you’d like a jump start on entering the give-away of this great book visit these blogs below.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing: https://www.ctpub.com 
Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery: https://joavery.co.uk
Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos: https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/   
Wednesday September 22: Alish Henderson: https://www.instagram.com/mrxstitch/
Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com
Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Home in the Country Stitch-Along #12

You have reached the final steps in the Home in the Country Stitch-Along! Yippee!

I hope you enjoyed making your home in the country and will continue to create even more embroidery art.

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 #12- Stitch the Sky and Edging

  • Stitch Running Stitches on the sky fabric in spirals and curves. Use a size 12 thread (like Oceanand a size 5 hand embroidery needle.
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the fabric edges.
  • Center the design on the background fabric and pin into place.
  • Stitch the design to the background using sewing thread and long Running Stitches.
  • Stitch Blanket Stitches around the edge of the design attaching it to the backing fabric.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Asters).
  • Stitch French Knots inside each tine of the Blanket Stitches.
  • Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Asters).

Hurray! You’ve finished your Home in the Country project. Thank you for joining me. If you’d like to see more free stitch-alongs please visit our Tutorials Page.

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).