Let me introduce you to my latest book, the Embroidery Stitching Handy Pocket Guide—and what a little cutie it is! This diminutive book is 4″ x 6″ and will fit easily into your sewing basket or pouch. It is the perfect size to bring to class or bring along when stitching with friends.
There are over thirty stitches included in the sixty-four pages, with suggestions on materials, threads, ribbons, embellishments, and more. Other important sections are Defining a Stitch, Working the Stitches, and What, Where, When, which includes stitch placement ideas. Also included are images of twenty embroidered pieces that use many of the stitches.
I just finished this project, which is a version of my Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging class that I teach. I used every one of the stitches included in the book. The stitches include traditional embroidery stitches worked in cotton floss, silk-ribbon embroidery stitches worked in 7mm silk ribbon, and bead embroidery stitches worked in several sizes of seed beads and glass charms.
The stitches include:
Blanket Stitch, Blanket Stitch Short-Long-Short, Blanket Stitch Closed
Chain Stitch, Chain Stitch Double, Chain Stitch Feathered
Chevron Stitch, Cretan Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Cross Stitch
Feather Stitch, Feather Stitch Single, Maidenhair Fern Stitch
Fly Stitch, Fly Stitch Stacked, Fern Stitch Modern
Coral Stitch, Outline Stitch, Couched Stitch, French Knot Stitch, Stamen Stitch, Pistil Stitch
Lazy Daisy Stitch, Lazy Daisy Plated Stitch, Looped Tendril Stitch
Bullion Stitch, Bullion Stitch Rose
Ribbon Stitch, Pointed Petal Stitch, Woven Rose Stitch
Single Bead Stitch, Bead Combination Stitch, Stacked Bead Stitch
Americana Kitsch top, close up
Several hankies and table linens were used to create the middle section. The border is comprised of little bits of fabric left over from other projects. I included some vintage rick rack trim to cover the seam of the border. I used quite a few buttons, both old and new, and of course I had to include my ladybugs and bees! I also embellished the piece with beads, two celluloid acorn charms, and glass and acrylic flower charms.
On the author page of the pocket guide, you will find an image of ruled lines that can be used for accurate stitch spacing. For some of the stitches, I used my fast2mark Embroidery Stencils, Essential Collection. I suggest that you use an air-erasable pen to mark the lines and images.
Americana Kitsch bottom, close up
Thank you for stopping by and happy stitching to you all!
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