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.
Stitch, Blanket Stitch Short-Long-Short, Blanket Stitch Closed
Chain Stitch, Chain Stitch
Double, Chain Stitch Feathered
Stitch, Cretan Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Cross Stitch
Stitch, Feather Stitch Single, Maidenhair Fern Stitch
Stitch, Fly Stitch Stacked, Fern Stitch Modern
Coral Stitch, Outline
Stitch, Couched Stitch, French Knot Stitch, Stamen Stitch, Pistil Stitch
Daisy Stitch, Lazy Daisy Plated Stitch, Looped Tendril Stitch
Stitch, Bullion Stitch Rose
Stitch, Pointed Petal Stitch, Woven Rose Stitch
Bead Stitch, Bead Combination Stitch, Stacked Bead Stitch
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
Kitsch bottom, close up
Thank you for stopping
by and happy stitching to you all!
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