When it came to stitching knots in my hand embroidery, I used to almost exclusively use the french knot stitch - I loved it! I loved how I could wrap the thread around the needle more times to get a larger knot. I loved the wonderful stubbly texture it created when I filled a shape entirely with knots. And then, I discovered the colonial knot.
With autumn just a couple of weeks away, I’m starting to daydream about cooler weather, snuggly flannels, colorful leaves and all things apple! Life can get busy when the kids go back to school and the holidays loom ahead, so I find it’s more important than ever to be intentional about making time to rest and create. If you’re stumped on what to stitch, here are seven favorite fall hand embroidery patterns to enjoy!
As I flip the calendar to August, I find I’m desperate to hold onto this last month of summer before the rush of fall (and eventually the holidays) overtakes me. It’s been a season of transition for my family and me and we want to be present in our todays, living them slowly and intentionally. With that has come a purposeful decision to spend less time in front of a screen, and more time in relationship and outdoors. Here are a dozen ways I’m going to slow down and savor this last month of my summer. I hope these ideas inspire you too!
Looking for a classy way to display your embroidery art? Try stretching it on a canvas frame. Featuring your embroidery project on stretched canvas or stretcher bars gives it a beautiful and elegant finish, and it’s much easier (and faster) to do than you might expect.
Fill stitches in hand embroidery are simply a way to fill a shape with a certain stitch. The most commonly used and well-known fill stitch is probably the satin stitch, but I’m happy to share that there are so many more options to choose from if you are not a fan of the satin stitch! Read more to download the free pattern in this post and learn how to use some unique fill stitches.
One of the things I love most about hand embroidery is all the different textures you can create with the same fabric and thread depending on what stitches you use. What’s even more fun is taking a traditional stitch and using it in a new way. Using the chain stitch as a fill stitch rather than an outline stitch is a beautiful way to highlight this stitch’s loopy lines.
Do you ever feel like with the start of a new year, there's all this pressure to make significant changes in your life? I know I do. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago, but I've tried to be intentional about setting goals (though even that can be daunting!) Recently, though, I discovered the Powersheets Goal Planner which is all about progress, not perfection. I love this mantra because I always have gotten stuck on doing things "perfectly" and been afraid of failure as a result. Can you relate? I bring this up because I think each time we think about learning or doing something new—even a craft like embroidery, for example—perfection can stop us.
I love to use words in my patterns, often in script or hand lettered styles. Today I wanted to share some tips for different ways you can stitch your words when the letters’ lines vary in weight. Plus download these free patterns to use on this colorful "Eat a Rainbow" fabric by Honeyberry Studios!
I’m a big fan of artist Yuko Miki’s work so when I saw she was coming out with a line of fabrics using her happy illustrations, I couldn’t wait to see them! I immediately fell in love with her watercolor succulent prints in an assortment of colors and knew I needed to create some embroidery projects with these beauties. I chose a basic appliqué technique so the beauty of the fabric could take main stage and I could experiment with layering fabric. I hope you enjoy trying this too!