Monday, October 24, 2011

Flower stitch

The following stitch could be used to embroider small flowers. Each petal consists of 3 lazy daisies stitched close to each other.

Embroider the first lazy daisy, on the left.

Rather than holding down the loop on the same point, enter the fabric at point A (this will be the tip of the flower).

Stitch another lazy daisy in the middle and enter at the same point, A.

This is the last stitch and one petal is made.

This is how the flower looks like. Each petal measures less than 1cm in length.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Free pattern 1 - Underwater scene

This is the completed underwater scene pattern.

As you can see, this is only a simple pattern, measuring 10”x 10”. I just wanted to show the endless ways you could use buttonhole knots to create beautiful embroidery.
Please follow these links for step-by-step instructions:


Friday, October 7, 2011

Underwater scene 8

For the last sea creature for this underwater scene embroidery, my choice is a seahorse. For this, I’ve used pearl cotton no:8 thread.

I began at the tip of the tail. Here, I,ve made 2 rows of buttonhole/blanket stitch.

Then, slightly above the stitch, I made a horizontal bar (straight stitch). Work buttonhole knots on this bar, facing downwards. Continue making another bar and fill it with buttonhole knots. The bar in the picture is the third one.

Filled with buttonhole knots.

Here, I’ve almost completed the tail. That is the last bar. For the tip of the tail, I,ve used only one strand for the bars and buttonhole knots. As the tail became wider, I use 2 strands for both. At the end of the buttonhole knots on each bar, enter the fabric at a point a bit further to give the skin a spiked look. The fin was done with buttonhole/blanket stitch and a straight stitch for the mouth.

As you can see here, I’ve filled the stitches with buttonhole knots. For the fin, please refer frilled buttonhole stitch.

The body was divided into 3 parts. The first part has been filled the same way as the tail (2 strands). Work from bottom to top.

The second part has also been filled.

And, this is the final part. This fellow is my favourite.
I,ve come to the end of this underwater scene embroidery. I’ll show you the full pattern in my next post since I’ll have to stitch some more of the tiny fish that I’ve shown in my last post. From time to time, I’ll try to embroider more sea creatures.

To view completed pattern, please click here.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Underwater scene 7

Today, I,m going to embroider another fish – smaller than the previous one.

For the head and body, I’ve used one strand from the 6-strand floss. Satin stitch for the head and long and short stitch for the body. I’ve also made 2 straight stitches at the bottom of the body for the fins (6 strands). The tail is buttonhole/blanket stitch (2 strands).

Here, I’ve covered the fins with buttonhole knots (3 strands) and worked buttonhole knots on the tail (2 strands). (Please refer frilled buttonhole stitch). Embroider tiny fly stitches (2 strands), close to each other for the fin at the top of the body. And, 2 curved lines on the body for the stripes (6 strands).

Work buttonhole knots on the curved lines and tiny googly eye to complete this fish. I’ll have to embroider a few more to show them swimming in a group.
I’m nearing the end of my underwater scene project. There’s still one more sea creature left. Can you guess what it is?

To view completed pattern, please click here.