It’s Week 6 and you are half way through the SAL! This week is the wonderful mushroom – just the colours on this make it a fun one to stitch…
If this is all new to you and you are wondering what this SAL is all about – please go to this page for all the details. You can join in anytime as the blog tutorials won’t be disappearing when the SAL ends.
Now to this weeks stitching fun…
Starting with the Stems and Leaves…
Here’s the stitch diagram for the stems and leaves – I added a bit of variety here to make it more interesting but if you prefer to stick to one kind of stitch for the leaves that’s absolutely fine.
The colour used is #934 – Juniper.
For the Fly Stitch leaves stitch the fly stitch from the tip to the base of the leaf before finishing the outer edge in the Back Stitch.
We have done quite a few fishbone leaves already so you should be a pro on those by now! (If not here’s a tutorial from a previous post). If the edges of your fishbone leaves are a bit untidy then finish with an outline of split stitch.
For the stem I used Brick stitch but it would look just as good in stem or split stitch if preferred.
Adding in colour #732…
Fly stitch Leaves… Fill inside each of the gaps of the fly stitch with a straight stitch to fill.
Fishbone Leaves… stitch continuous fly stitch over the fishbone leaves.
Stitching the mushroom cap…
Oooh this colour is a delight to stitch! Yes, you’ve guessed it – I’ve used my favourite filler again – brick stitch! This is not set in stone – it is just what I prefer so feel free to go with another filler if Brick stitch is not your thing!
(Why do I use Brick Stitch so much as a filler? It really is just a personal preference thing! As you stitch and become more and more accomplished you will start to realise there are stitches you like and enjoy stitching over others. That’s why I use brick stitch!
Long & Short stitch (or needlepainting) is considered the go to stitch for filling large spaces and I definately agree when it comes to a piece that requires precision, realisitic animal fur etc. BUT, it’s definately not a favourite of mine so I choose to use the one I like when it fits the theme.
You can do exactly the same – even though you are following a pattern – the piece is yours and if you prefer long and short stitch then use it. It’s your stitching and it has to be fun not a chore!)
So, having chosen your filler stitch – get stitching…
#347: Brick Stitch to fill.
#3866: stitch tiny random chain stitch for the detail over the red.
#3864: Satin stitch the base of the cap. (outline in back stitch first if this makes your satin stitch neater).
To complete the berry stem… #732 straight stitch the stem, #29 stitch a french knot for each berry.
Complete the block by stitching Back stitch around the outer edge in #29.
And that’s Week 6 all done.
Share your finished block on the Happy Stitching FB Group or send me some pics and I’ll post them here, can’t wait to see how your design is coming along.
Don’t forget you can also share your stitching on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.