Hand embroidered file cover part 2 is part of a series of articles that steps through how I designed and stitched this project. It moves from creating the design, choosing threads etc to the stitches I used, to the finished project. You can find the start of the project From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A file cover part 1 here.
I added an edge to the piece working chain stitch using a hand dyed cotton perle#5 thread. I felt I needed to contain the design as I felt my eye and possibly my needle could just drift off into the margins. I also continued to outline the leaves in Stem Stitch and whipped chain stitch.
So with a ‘frame’ of sorts I set about working areas and filling in the negative spaces. The fabric is a 26 count linen that is a oyster/jute/fawn type of colour . I continued working more of the top left hand area that are are stitched using Satin stitch, Padded Satin Stitch.
I added more fine lines of Back Stitch, and Running Stitch. These lines are not so busy as the textured areas of the embroidery and give the eye a rest for the a moment.
I continued building the textured area with surface stitches I am using are Whipped Wheels, Bullion Knots, French Knots, Buttonhole wheels, Buttonhole Wheel Cups and Cast-on stitch.All of these stitches you can find in my Stitch Dictionary.
I made a sample card for the threads I am using in order to keep a record. I make the cards as I go otherwise I quickly forget what I have used and it is useful to have the card to refer to if anyone asks me what I used. So far in the project I have used hand dyed cotton perle #5, linen, stranded cotton floss, hand dyed wool, hand dyed knitting yarn, a wool/tussah silk mix, and hand dyed silk.
Click on the image to see a large version of the finished project.
From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery posts in the series are.
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