as promised we have finally come to the process of making our stitch book.
This week we will work on the embroidery for the cover.
You will need to cut a piece of fabric 16” x 10”.
Fuse a piece of stabiliser – I used Pellon H630 (very lightweight fusible batting) but you could use Parlan or another stabiliser – to the back of your fabric.
Download your heart templates here.
Cut out the largest one and trace onto the piece of green wool. Cut out the middle size and trace onto the lilac wool, and then finally cut down to the smallest heart and trace onto the pink wool. Use a blue washout pen to trace and then cut out all shapes just inside the blue line.
Position the three layers of wool as pictured in the photo. Fold the fabric in half to find the centre crease – then centre your hearts on the right hand end. Pin and then tack the pieces of wool into position.
Now we are going to use our newly learned embroidery stitches to stitch down each layer and embellish at the same time.
I will list what stitches and threads I used, you of course can choose your own from your stash if you haven't already purchased them from here.
Using a Forget me Knot variegated thread (two strands) stitch a blanket stitch edge around the outer green heart.
On the edge of the lilac wool heart:
Using the Forget me Knot variegated thread (2 strands) stitch a Cretan stitch around the outside edge. Using the light pink perle thread stitch two lazy daisies at the top of every second stitch. Inside the petals, using the forget me knot thread stitch a pistil stitch.
adjust your stitches to work around the curves.
On the edge of the inner pink heart stitch a Herringbone stitch using the Delphinium thread (2 strands). Using a green perle thread stitch a small straight stitch across the top of each stitch (where they cross) . On every second stitch also stitch a vertical straight stitch. On the opposite alternate stitch using the forget me knot thread stitch a lazy daisy. Using a single strand of the Delphinium thread stitch a French knot at the top of each green straight stitch.
Outside the pink heart -on the lilac wool heart using the green perle thread stitch a row of feather stitch. Using the Forget me Knot thread stitch a Colonial knot on every outer point. Stitching is finished - remove your tacking stitches.
and now you will have this! well done, next week we will construct our stitch book.
hugs for today, and happy stitching