We are experiencing a bit of summer finally and my morning walks have taken on a total transformation with lots of colour and life. This morning was perfect for color ideas and design inspiration for your next project.
Most of my designs are nature inspired and you can probably tell why now from the lovely countryside I get to explore. Most of the things I see I start dreaming up ways to convert them in to embroidery stitches and thread!
Hope you enjoyed the walk! and are inspired to take some pictures yourself and make them in to something stitchy!
Once you have the template downloaded (from the link above) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.
I used Robert Kauffman Essex Linen in Linen color.
Next you need to decide what colour you would like your flower to be. I had a gorgeous thread from Cottage Garden Threads which I purchased recently and this was the perfect excuse to try it out.
The thread was a stranded variegated cotton in a color called ‘Apricot Ice’. It stitched up beautifully as it was really soft and the colour variations were nice and even throughout. I used 2 strands for the petals. If you have DMC stranded cotton then 2 strands would stitch up the same as this thread.
The petals are all stitched in Long and Short stitch (also called needlepainting). Start from the bottom of each petal and work upwards filling in the shape as you go.
Once all the petals are stitched, using a light green, brick stitch vertically up the stem to fill.
The leaf is stitched in a dark green with Fishbone stitch. It would look equally nice in fly stitch or another of your choice.
This honeysuckle flower is a really simple and quick stitch for this months flower and would lend itself to so many colours – enjoy!
I am forever looking for new ways to display my finished embroidery as it can be so boring to just use the wooden hoop to frame the design after you have spent all that time stitching.
I have been wrapping some of my hoops in a gorgeous variagated Malabrigo Yarn and have been asked many times how I get them to look so nice! Here’s a short video of the whole process so you can see for yourself…
The secret to getting it tightly wrapped is in the double sided adhesive tape I put on the inner edge of the ring to hold the yarn as I wrap. I use Stix2 Ultra Clear Tape.
Making sure you finish the yarn off on the underside of the hoop VERY securely is also crucial to a nice finish. Very often I use a hot glue gun for this but not everyone has one so you can use the double sided tape for this as well providing you are using a strong one like the Stixx 2.
Here’s a comparison of a design in a Flexi Hoop compared to the Yarn wrapped hoop. They are both really nice but I do think the Green Yarn compliments the design much more and makes the design really pop!
Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on!