For those of you who are working on the STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG or even for those of you who are not and want to do this instead, we wanted to embroider along with the quilt along!
CLICK HERE to download our free embroidery sheet that you can transfer to the fabric of your choice [or use one of our starter kits while supplies last].
As you might have heard us mention before… WE ARE NOT EXPERTS BY ANY MEANS. But both Susan and I wanted to try our hand at a bit of embroidery so we are sharing our journey with you! Here are a few tips and pieces of info we have to share with you. Each week we will talk about the stitches we used for that week and any tips we might have for you for that week.
And Sophie, Susan’s daughter is here to stitch along with us too!
THREADS: Coordinating Threads of your choice. We are using Weeks Dye Works colors that coordinate/compliment with our Figs & Shirtings fabrics. We love the slightly variegated, soft and silky threads from Weeks. The colors we will be using are:
Step 1: Cut your background piece oversized to account for the fact that you might want to frame it, or turn it into a pillow when you are finished. Basically think through your final use before trimming it down.
Step 2: Interface with a light weight interfacing, like the Shapeflex that we recommended. You might want to skip the interfacing if you are using the Barkcloth or another more heavyweight background. Feel free to try it out and see what you like.
Step 3: Mark with a Frixion pen…we marked the first block and the framework around the 12 blocks to get started. Use a lightbox or even a window if you need to.
Step 4: Decide on your Stitches: We used 3 strands of floss.
BLOCK #1 “PLUSES”: Backstitch and French knots.
BLOCK SASHING: A stem stitch with 3 strands.
Other Helpful Tips and Tricks:
-use good light
-Warm-up your hands by doing practice stitches just like you warm up for free motion/hand quilting. Kits have plenty of extra background fabric you can play with your stitches and try new ones out. Your stitches will look totally different with the different weights of threads. Experiment with adding strands for a thicker look.
-Feel free to substitute stitches for ones you enjoy. Its your sampler so feel free to experiment!!
-We think it will look pretty in Red and Geen. Here is an idea of what that one will look like.
HERE ARE SOME GREAT VIDEO RESOURCES FOR STITCHES:
Back Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ_wVC84UmM&feature=emb_title
Each week we will share what stitches we have chosen and show you our progress and Sophie’s too!
Stitching samples and photos by Susan Vaughan.