Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The Beauty and Bounty of Fall 🍁🍁🍁🍁

This spring, I was asked if I would be interested in designing a sampler for the American Spirit magazine and to say I was thrilled is an understatement!  American Spirit magazine is published by the Daughter’s of the American Revolution which I have been a member of for around 6 years.  I have loved being a member of the DAR, and have enjoyed serving my community in many ways.  They have a beautiful building in Washington DC that I visit every summer to attend Continental Congress.  One of the highlights for me at Congress, is to visit the DAR museum to see what quilts and needlework samplers they have on display.  It never disappoints me as DAR has a very large collection, and one year I was so excited when they had a crazy quilt display!

Now, on to the sampler!  I enjoyed  every minute of designing this sampler and it uses 5 basic embroidery stitches and one silk ribbon embroidery stitch.  The pattern for this sampler can be found in the latest edition of American Spirit magazine.  If you would like to subscribe to the magazine, you can click on the link below:

Also, I have made some tutorial videos if you need any help with learning how to do the stitches in the sampler.  Those videos can be found here:

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Embroidered Basket Part 2

Hi There!

Time really flies when you are having fun!  My first post on this basket was back in November, so here I am to do part 2.

After you have basted your Golden Threads tracing paper to your fabric, it is time to start the fun part of embroidering.  I started by using a stem stitch to outline the ribs of the basket.

I decided to do French knots to decorate the areas in between the ribs of the basket.  I also did a straight stitch with 4mm silk ribbon to outline the handle of the basket.  French knots done with silk ribbon were added to the base of the basket.

I decided to leave the silk ribbon French knots just above the base of the basket and replace the bottom ones with back stitch done with the same silk ribbon.  I then started added flowers to the basket using 7mm silk ribbon and doing a ribbon stitch.  The stems of the greenery were started using a stem stitch.  Lazy daisy flowers were added to the stem stitch.  Notice that I am removing the tracing paper as I finish places on the basket.

I continued to add the flowers in the basket using 7mm silk ribbon and a ribbon stitch.  I then added colonial knots to the center of all of the flowers.  I decided to replace the lazy daisies leaves on the stems.  I had originally done them with thread, but I decided that the 2mm silk ribbon leaves would show up a little better.  I also added straight stitches around the top of the basket, just below the flowers.

All of the flowers and greenery are done and it is time to complete the handle and top of the basket.

I finished the top of the basket and the handle by winding the 7mm silk ribbon through the straight stitches that I previous did with the matching 4mm silk ribbon.

Wrapping the silk  ribbon around the straight stitches really help to emphasize the shape of the basket!

Basket all done, and I love how it turned out!

If you would like to order the kit for this basket, you can buy it through my etsy shop here:

Talk to you soon,