Double Whipped Chain Stitch

Double Whipped Chain Stitch is a fun version of  Whipped Chain stitch. It creates a strong decorative line that will follow a curve well. The thread you use to whip the foundation line of chain stitches can be different colour or a contrasting texture. Many novelty threads can be used with …

Beady things on the hoop!

I have been playing with what Jerry calls my “Beady things”. I simply think of it as contemporary embroidery. The best description I can think of is heavily embellished contemporary embroidery or hoop art but Jerry insists on Beady things. So, in our house, that is what we call them. …

Stacked beads and Hidden Lace

Playing with beads has to be one of my favourite ways to relax and I think stacked beads is my current obsession. I have recently started to experiment with stacking beads and folding sequins and thought I would share what is on the hoop. (Click on the images if you …

Free Hand embroidery design of heart and flowers

Today, I have a free hand-embroidery design of a heart and flowers. It is offered as a little gift to my readers. I have been playing with Illustrator recently and this is one of the designs I created. I guess I should be handing out a design more appropriate for the …

Laced Herringbone Stitch

Laced Herringbone stitch is a line of Herringbone that is laced with a thread. Most often I use a contrasting thread. Lacing any embroidery stitch with a contrasting thread or ribbon quickly creates an interesting variety. You can lace with novelty threads and yarns. Metallic threads can be very effective …