Thursday, 16 August 2012

TĂȘte de Boeuf Stitch

Here's another of my stitch tutorials this time a filling stitch that can be worked on either evenweave or plain weave fabrics. It can be scattered evenly or randomly. Tete-de-boeuf stitch can also be used as a single motif stitch to represent tiny buds. It is a really easy attractive stitch and is formed by working a detached chain stitch and two straight stitches.

Ok, to work Tete-de-boeuf stitch you first need to work a detached chain stitch. Then bring your needle up at 1, down at 2 and up at 3. Take your needle down at 4 to complete the stitch. Repeat the stitch as required. Try using different thicknesses of thread or two colours in the needle. You could also produce the detached chain stitch in one colour and the straight stitches in another colour for different effects! 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

It's all in the details

As promised an update of the hand embroidered portrait I am currently working on. As you can see from the pictures below I have been working on the details of the hat bobble and the top. It's slow going but very relaxing working in this way! Some of the portrait is built up in long and short stitch, but as you can see from the second image the dark blue areas and the neck are built up in small straight stitches to create a painted almost impressionistic look. I will continue building up the design in this way, but for the plaited braid of the hat I am using a slanted satin stitch effect. More soon!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Stitching and the Olympics

I finally got around to framing this free machine embroidery I did a while ago. I decided to frame it in a wooden embroidery hoop as it seemed to fit the shape of the embroidery. The embroidery is now available to purchase via my Etsy Shop. I haven't done any machine embroidery for awhile but after I have finished my embroidered portrait piece I may have another dabble as I really love drawing freehand with the machine.

I will post an update of my latest piece soon as I have been busy stitching away while enjoying the Olympics which I was sad to see finish yesterday! What an amazing event London put on and all of Team GB were fantastic! The whole family have really enjoyed watching the different sporting events but I have to say my favorites were Nicola Adams winning gold in the women's boxing and Mo Farah winning double gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, bloody superb! Anyway back to normality and more stitching!

Lilies - free machine embroidery in viscose machine threads on linen fabric