Home in the Country Stitch-Along #6

For the most part, we’ve used a size 8 pearl cotton thread to stitch our Home in the Country free-form embroidery. It’s a bold thread that sits upon the wool fabric, creating lots of texture.

But to make the curves and eddies of the water, we need a finer thread. So to make these fine lines, we’ll use a size 12 pearl cotton and the stem stitch.

Please note that directions are added to the Home in the Country Stitch-Along page as we go. They are first posted here on the Artfabrik blog.

Step #6- Stitching the Water

  • Stitch Stem Stitches following the curvy line of running stitches below the fields to make the edge of the water.
  • Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Aquamarine) and a size 5 hand embroidery needle.
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edges of the fabric.
  • Remove the running stitches.
  • Stitch Stem Stitches in curvy horizontal lines across the fabric to make waves of water using that same thread.
  • Stitch spirals of stem stitches to create eddies of water.
  • Stitch to within 1/4″ of the edges of the fabric.
  • Stitch Stem Stitches in curves, spirals, and waves down to within 1/4″ of the bottom edge of the fabric to fill in the water shape.