From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A hand embroidered file cover part 2

From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A hand embroidered file cover part 2

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.

hand embroidered file cover part 2 work in progress

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 an 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.

hand embroidered file cover part 2 detail

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.

hand embroidered file cover part 2 detail

I continued building the textured area with surface stitches I am using are Whipped WheelsBullion Knots, French Knots, Buttonhole wheels, Buttonhole Wheel Cups and Cast-on stitch.All of these stitches you can find in my Stitch Dictionary.

hand embroidered file cover part 2 studio journal

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.

hand embroidered file cover part 4


Click on the image to see a large version of the finished project.
From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery posts in the series are.

Thread Twisties!


Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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8 Comments

  1. This is just a stunning piece! I've seen something slightly similar that used beads instead of your decorative stitches and you win hands down! And I absolutely love what you are doing with the background. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. Thanks all for your lovely comments.

    JoWynn I have it on a hoop at the moment but as I move to the beading stage will put it on a frame. I like the ease of a hoop but it will get to the stage where I cant move the hoop without it crushing so this will need a frame with all the texture. I will blog it at the time no fear!

    Sharon B

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