Friday, October 21, 2016

Christmas Embroidery School - Lesson Five

Let's finish this design! Today we'll tie the bow and add a bit of holiday greenery.

Scroll Stitch

This is a knotted stitch in the same way coral stitch is, but it is wrapped differently.

Use 6 strands of floss. Bring the needle up at the end of the line. Grab a small bit of fabric on outside the line and wrap the thread as shown.

 Pull the thread tight enough to hug the needle. Pull the needle through, creating the knot.

Take a bit of fabric again a small way from the knot and make another.

 Continue the stitch along the lines of the bow.

Satin Stitch

Satin stitch is used again in the pattern. But in a circle it's important to use stitches of graduated sizes to fill the circle. Use 4 strands of floss.

Stem Stitch (again)

Stem stitch was covered in the first lesson. It's used again here for the stems of the greenery.

Lazy Daisy Stitch 

Use 4 strands of floss. Bring the threaded needle up from the back at the pointy end near the center of the wheel. Take it back down in the same hole or a thread or two away leaving a loop if thread. Bring the needle back up at the rounded bottom to catch the loop.

And then tack it down with a small stitch over the end of the loop.

 Stitch a random bunch of leaves with the lighter green.

 Fill in the rest of the leaves with the darker green.

And now your Christmas ornament is finished and you've completed the Christmas Embroidery School.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Christmas Embroidery School - Lesson Four

Today let's finish the top of the ornament. Tomorrow we'll finish the bow and the greenery.

Double Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone stitch is mainly a crossed stitch with the criss-cross at the tops of each stitch.

Use 4 strands of floss. Draw or eyeball diagonal lines across the area. Stitch over these lines. Then start the return lines, crossing over at the tops and bottoms over the lines rather than across the middle.

Then create an overlapping herringbone stitch with the second color. Generally, the second line of stitching is centered between the first layer but I set them closer to one side.

Long and Short Blanket Stitch

Use 4 strands of floss. Stitch one straight stitch along the side. 

Come back up next to the start point and insert the needle about halfway into the box and back to the top. Wrap the thread behind the needle and pull through for a blanket stitch.

Continue this stitch alternating the length of the stitches.

At the other end, tack the last stitch in place.

Back Stitch

Use 4 strands of floss. Make one stitch along the hanger hoop. Bring the needle back up one stitch away and circle back to meet the first stitch.

 Continue to circle the stitches to cover the hanger.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Christmas Embroidery School - Lesson Three

Let's continue moving up the ornament with four more stitches.

Woven Stars

Let me explain that I was actually going to make couched circles so I drew little circles and stars within. But I didn't like the way they looked so I switched to woven stars. 

Ignore the drawings and draw or eyeball 7 radiating spokes of each circle. Use 4 strands of floss.

Bring the needle back up between two spokes at the inner ends and loop the thread under one spoke.

Then weave under two spokes and pull through, wrapping the floss around the first spoke.

Continue to weave under two and pull through to wrap one spoke at a time.

Circle the spokes about 4 times or more, depending on the length of the spokes.

At the last one, just insert the needle at the other side of the last spoke and tie off on the back.

Coral Stitch 

Use 4 strands of floss. Bring the needle up from the back at the end of one pattern line. Catch a small amount of fabric with the needle with the floss looped as shown - over then under. Pull it through to form a knot.

 Take another bit of fabric a little away from the knot and repeat.

To make the second row, simply repeat the process on the lower line moving back the way you came. Alternate the knots.

Straight Stitch

Straightforward straight stitch. I started each stitch just a thread above the pattern line. Make each stitch one at a time.

Zig Zag Chain Stitch

Use 4 strands. Draw or eyeball a zig-zag line across the area. This stitch is made the same as chain stitch, but I inserted my needle on both sides of the loop end of the chain to hold it down better because the stitches were larger.

At the very end, secure the stitch with a small tacking stitch.

 See you tomorrow!