Floral Fabric Sampler

I’m done! Finished this a few days ago but just finally took photos of it yesterday. Here’s the whole sampler:

Floral Fabric Sampler

I plan to frame it in that hoop, but I haven’t yet – I just tucked the excess fabric behind the back for the photo.

Floral Fabric Sampler - Dragonfly Detail

I thought the dragonfly would be a fun addition. He’s mostly chain-stitched, with some stem stitch (my default stitch) and fern stitch on his wings. The wings were done with a single strand of floss – great for adding delicacy to a piece.

That’s DMC color variations floss, which I love.

Floral Fabric Sampler - Detail

From outside in: Blue french knots, purple stem stitch, gold seeding, purple and gold whipped backstitch.

Floral Fabric Sampler - Detail>

I went over the details on the flower earlier – we have couched trellis, split stitch, back stitch and stem stitch. The stem is more whipped backstitching; the leaves were done in stem and fern stitch like the dragonfly wings.

The little purple and gold teardrop shape was done in a double blanket stitch (outside) and backstitch (inside).

Floral Fabric Sampler - Detail

The flower: pink stem stitch on the outside, with straight stitches meeting the rhodes circular stitch in the middle. Gold chinese knots on the petals. The trailing circles are done in gold coral stitch and dark blue french knots.

Floral Fabric Sampler - Detail

You’ll see coral stitch again in the paisley shape here. The floral here is filled with a blue buttonhole wheel; straight stitches make the petals, and back stitch outlines it all. I really like this one. The trailing circles were filled with something called a moss stitch in purple.

This was such a fun project to do. I feel like I learned a lot, and yet it was largely unplanned and more of a feeling thing – going through my embroidery book and looking for appropriate stitches to use; trying to challenge myself and learn more. I don’t know how often I will use some of these stitches, but I did learn coral stitch and can see myself using that in the future. Also, the chinese knots came out a little tighter than the french knots – I am more at ease with french knot, but can definitely see myself revisiting this other type of knot.

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21 responses to this post.

  1. [...] Emily of On Awesome Avenue created an embroidery-stitch sampler that follows and enhances the design of a print fabric. The results are, indeed, awesome. Get the details from Emily’s blog post. [...]

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  2. This is just lovely. I so enjoy hand stitching; I need to give this a try. The fabric colors and your embellishments make this perfect. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll be linking on Facebook.

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  3. Really pretty. Thanks for sharing. I don’t know how to do handwork but I so admire it.

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    • Posted by tnemily on May 6, 2010 at 7:21 am

      You should give it a try! I started about a year ago, totally on a whim due to a pillow I saw in a magazine at the doctor’s office…one of those “I wonder if I could do that” moments. My mom (a cross-stitcher) bought me a kit to get me going, then I got a second kit, then I took the training wheels off and went out on my own! There’s loads of inspiration out there in blogs and flickr to help you find your way.

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  4. This is so lovely! I love embroidery and have been doing it since I was 8. I certainly don’t get much time at it now with 2 young children be-bopping around, but I still enjoy those quite moments every so often. Thank you for sharing this perfect idea! I found you through Living Craft Magazine’s link on Facebook.

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  7. Posted by Priscilla on May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I am intrigued by the different stitches I have not seen before! Daughet led me here to this link and I LOVE it! Thanks, Joy.

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  8. Posted by Elaine Browne on May 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I think this piece of work is lovely and would love to know how you did the back ground.
    All the best Elaine

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    • Posted by tnemily on May 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      The background is just the fabric! I chose a fabric that was really easy to outline – plus I just really liked it. You might be able to create this effect on your own, with crayons (Google “Crayon tinting” and you’re bound to come up with some tutorials).

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  9. Linissimo.Maravilhoso. Wonderful!!!!!!!
    Trés Jolie!!!!!
    abraços de Maria Filomena

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  10. Posted by Denise Souza on May 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations, it’ s a beautiful and delightful work, I loved to see that.

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  11. I would like to commend you for an amazing work. I am not a fan of handworks but you made me appreciate your job. I believe the embellishments made your work entirely perfect not to mention the floral fabric being used as the background. I think I should give it a try.

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  12. Wow! This is beautiful!!

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  13. This is so lovely! I’m inspired to give embroidery a try – it looks like a lot of fun!

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  14. wow, this is beautiful! I’m always a little scared to try embroidery (what the worst that could happen, right?), but with this as an end result, I’m tempted to at least give it a try! It would be a great addition to other sewing projects.

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  16. unyu,., unyu,. :) :) so cute

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  17. Really Good, love your work

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  18. Posted by Margaret on August 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Hi there. In case you haven’t already, can you please check your Flickr mail? I sent you a message a couple of days ago seeking your permission to use one of the above images on a website (non-commercial) – I sent it in Flickr because my message to your email bounced. I’d prefer not to put all the details here. Thanks so much! P.S. I discovered your work via Flickr and it’s lovely. :)

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