So technically it is still February somewhere in the world – although here down under we have started a new month and new season. So to celebrate the wonderful month that February is [my birthday, Valentine’s day, kids go back to school] AND it being National Embroidery Month – I am blogging about the challenge I participated in last February.
Gulush Threads and DMC organised an embroidery challenge during February – National Embroidery Month – 2017! I participated through Instagram. We were required to post a photo of stitches from the daily prompts. Here are the prompts for the month.
As opposed to using fabric or an embroidery hoop I decided to embroider on cotton paper. Here is the complete collection I created during the month.
So if you are interested how I interrupted each day, here goes….
Day 1 – Pink only
baby pink to be exact – embellishing sequins and seed beads with straight stitches and French knots
Day 2 – Back Stitch
an nice easy stitch to create this thread bobbin/spool
Day 3 – 1 ply strands
Day 4 – pearl cotton
in addition to French knots – eskimo laced stitch
inspired from the Modern Folk Embroidery book by Nancy Nicholson, a blog hop I participated in
Day 5 – neon
this is the only neon I had in my stash at the time – couching stitch
Day 6 – stem stitch
a little pumpkin in stem stitch
Day 7 – free style
so I delved into my embroidery bible and thought I would try this double threaded [mauves] back stitch [grey]
Day 8 – neutral only
buttonhole stitch – they look like wheels and buttons
Day 9 – French knots
my idea was to fill the negative space of the ampersand with French knots – far too ambitious for a daily challenge – I’m liking the combination of knots and holes though
Day 10 – variegated
wanted to try the herringbone stitch
Day 11 – whipped back
combines a back stitch with thread threaded back over each stitch [easily seen with this variegated thread] – crochet hook only in back stitch
Day 12 – black and white
I was cheeky with this one – using back stitch – Spanish and reversal
Day 13 – 7 ply strands
first time using 7 ply – I had a go at feather stitch – do you think it looks like coral
Day 14 – free style
I decided to have a go at chevron stitch – in red for Valentine’s day
Day 15 – green only
Amber from @ambrosiastitches on Instagram introduced me to cast on stitch – perfect for my lil tree
Day 16 – ombre
pink ombre long and short stitch also known as embroidery shading stitch, tapestry shading stitch, brick stitch, leaf stitch, Irish stitch, plumage stitch, feather work, opus plumerium
Day 17 – split stitch
split stitch for concentric variegated circles kinda works
Day 18 – shapes
applying some felt with blanket stitch and French knots
Day 19 – blue only
chain stitch on a paisley shape – or is it a bird
Day 20 – straight stitch
also known as stroke stitch – which is great for depicting grass
Day 21 – free style
flicking through my embroidery bible I choose this Pekingese stitch also known as Chinese stitch or blind stitch – looks like a stamp to me – stamp stitch?
Day 22 – 3 ply strands
the basket stitch or long armed cross stitch was easy quick – the French knot hydrangeas on the other hand…
Day 23 – shades of grey
not many greys in my stash but the wheat ear stitch came up a treat
Day 24 – abstract
had a go at Roman stitch also known as branch stitch – I also varied the short cross stitch from running parallel to running diagonally.
Day 25 – filler stitch
I used 4 ply for the double Algerian eye stitch
Day 26 – rainbow
battlement stitch – or overlapping blanket stitches
Day 27 – satin stitch
no secret I like to mix different media in my creations – I couldn’t resist stitching a hexie with satin stitch
Day 28 – free style
to finish the challenge I want to combine several element and try a new stitch – I create this miniature kite with a back stitch tail and sheaf stitch bows – I added a metallic thread in the variegated floss – upcycling an old atlas page to make the kite.
Would love to know which one is your favourite and which stitch you are now itching to try?
I learnt so many stitches during this challenge – great learning exercise when you commit to a challenge!