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Fly Stitch + fly stitched leaves and feather stitch

How to fly stitch

This week I already posted twice about stitches, so I thought why don't I finish it on a similar note? I consider lazy daisy stitch and chain stitch as relatives, so it was easy to pick a new stitch for today: the most logical candidate would surely be fly stitch! That will make the family complete.

Chain stitch and its faces (+ reverse chain stitch and broad chain stitch)

How to chain stitch

Another one from the list of essential hand embroidery stitches. As you may guess by the name, this stitch resembles a chain. However, there's more to its looks and variety. Today I'm going to cover the chain stitch, reverse chain stitch and broad chain stitch.

Lazy daisy stitch

Is spring coming in the place where you live? It is so late here. It was snowing today! I'm so impatient for the bright colors of blossoms and greenery of grass, so today I decided to cover one of the most common stitches for embroidering flowers. Lazy daisy stitch, that is. 

This is one of the basic stitches in hand embroidery and you can meet it very often in all kinds of works. I love it because it's really easy and is super handy when you want to stitch cute floral thingies!

First things first, let's try making one!

The backside of embroidery: why I chose to reveal it and why I'm grateful to the new generation

Backside of hand embroidery

Let's talk about the backside of hand embroidery and the “revolution” that is taking place right now. If you are a beginner in this craft, you may not know about how much of a stumbling block it used to always be in its world. If you are experienced, you probably watch the changes, contemplating on what effect they are going to bring. 

But the fact is: with the new generation of stitchers the attitude to the backside of hand embroidery is undergoing massive changes. So, how did the “messy” backside turn from something disgraceful to something artful? What exactly is the role of the new generation in our craft?

Bur Marigold – project complete!

wild herb embroidery

If you've been following the recent posts in the blog, you probably know that I've tried my hand at embroidering a botanical print of a wild herb called Bur Marigold. The piece is finished now and rejoices me with its vibrant sunny colors!

Bur Marigold Project Part 2 and a ribbon embroidery tutorial

ribbon embroidery

After finishing with the lower part of the plant, it was the turn of the flowers and their buds. I decided to include ribbon embroidery in this piece because I wanted to achieve more realism in the final look of the work.

Hand embroidery 101: 3 ways to start your thread

Beginning hand embroidery thread

Usually, when you open a book on hand embroidery, the first thing you see is the “theory” part: how to choose fabric, needle, and thread. Naturally, it is very important! But as for me... I think if you want to start hand embroidering the first thing you need to learn is how to start your thread and get going. Because you can get quite a good grasp on which fabric and needles are better already in the process. That's why I prefer starting with practice and polishing my experience and knowledge with theory later.

So, take a needle, thread and a piece of fabric (this will be a practice session so I wouldn't recommend using anything too fancy, though) and let's start.