Silk Stitching: Fields

You have to love the blanket stitch. It’s not just for holding down the edges of fabric shapes applied to another fabrics. It’s also a great decorative stitch. See the furrows in the field above? Blanket stitch.

Using a size 8 Lime Frappe pearl cotton thread, I varied the height of the tines on the blanket stitches to imitate crops growing. This variegated thread also adds movement and variety to the plants.

Notice the running stitch on the right of the blue fabric? That marks where I’ll insert another field.

This field is made with lazy daisy stitches using a size 8 Really Red pearl cotton thread. Rows of this looping stitch are placed vertically across the fabric. But they look a little drab to me.

So I’ve added running stitches crossing over the loops with a size 12 Ocean thread repeating the light blue of the clouds and adding more texture. I may revisit both of these fields later to add more embroidery. One can never have too much embroidery!

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Bridge House Process #4

Too many distractions called me away from this piece made with felt on a silk background. But now I’m back and ready to add a festive garden on top of the bridge. Created with French knots, the variegated size 8 Asters colorway gives me a variety of flower colors so I don’t have to change threads. As you know, garden design is all about placement of color.

A few more trees are added to the horizon line using a Fern stitch and a size 12 Lettuce thread. Lettuce repeats the greens found in the bridge, house, and background fabric. It’s a way to tie everything together and a way to make me happy.

Bridge House #3 by Laura Wasilowski

Another garden is stitched across the water line, and the trees have taken on some Prinky Phlox berries made with French knots. Now that Bridge House #3 is complete, it is time to find a new project unless, of course, I get distracted again!