Tools of the Trade Stitch Along #4


And now for the fun part! We are about to start stitching the tools in our project. There are 2 paint brushes, a pencil, and 4 colored pencils.

These elements are all stitched with a Size 12 pearl cotton thread. This thread is much finer than the Size 8 we used on the vase. Size 8 is bold and creates texture that lifts off the surface of the fabric. The Size 12 is less conspicuous but gives you more control in creating detailed shapes like the tools.

Please Note: You’ll find steps on how to make the design added to the Tools of the Trade Stitch Along page as we go. It’s all free and you can join at anytime.

Another Note: I forgot to include Step 8 in the previous post. It finishes up the vase shape but is optional if you want to move on to Step 9.

Step #8


  • Stitch a Straight Stitch horizontally and across the center of each Cross Stitch on the vase. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Peas in a Pod) and a size 3 embroidery needle.

Step #9


  • Stitch Chain Stitches to outline the handle on the first paint brush shape following the Running Stitches. Use a size 12 thread (like Red Hots) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Fill in the handle shape with vertical rows of Chain Stitches placed right next to each other.
  • Stitch vertical rows of Chain Stitches to fill in the ferrule (that green thing) of the paint brush. Use a size 12 thread (like Peas in a Pod).
  • Stitch Stem Stitches to outline the bristles on the paint brush. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter).
  • Fill in the bristle shape with vertical rows rows of Stem Stitches.
  • Remove the Running Stitches around the paint brush shape.