Summer seaside is a panel of encrusted embroidery that I finished a while back and never got around to sharing with my readers. I realised this while searching through my photos.
To see a larger version of the Summer Seaside panel, click not the photo. As you can see, this design relies on the use of negative space. Highly textured stitching is contrasted with areas of pulled thread embroidery in order to make that negative space interesting.
The trick with this type of embroidery is to pack the stitches densely. Here, you can see how highly packed the stitching is and also how I have used some buttonhole rings made with a couronne stick. This type of embroidery also incorporates beads both large and small.
This close-up of the shell and starfish illustrates how I used some of the beads. If you click on the photos you will see larger versions.
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. My thread twisties 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. Twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand dyed by me. All are 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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