Three weeks flew by quickly! Luckily I have two more Bee-utiful embroidery blocks to share with you.
With block four I learned the lazy daisy stitch, which are fun to make! The lazy daisy stitch is referred to as the Detached Chain stitch in my embroidery book. Makes sense to me as I learned the chain stitch first. As you can see, the detached chain stitch makes for some great leaves and petals (and even tiny bee wings)! The original design does not have the hive filled in, but I found the braid stitch to be a great filler for texture and focus.For the leaves and grass I used a variegated green DMC floss called autumn leaves. I love the yellow-green pops of color throughout this block.
I thought this block would finish up quickly and I’d be able to present three blocks today, but all those little hexies took me a while to stitch up. The designer used back stitches and satin stitches. I decided to do the same with the addition of the Detached Blanket Stitch, which makes for a raised and unique look. I really like the negative space with the design in the lower left. Before I begin stitching, I draw in the lines where by block will be trimmed and where my 1/4″ seam will be once finished. This allows me to position my embroidery exactly where I want it and I recommend it for anyone who’s quilting along.
Not much, but you can see the cactus taking form.
…I couldn’t help it, but I’m starting a new project! The final piece will be 10″x15″ on 18 count aida. I was torn between beige or white, but found oatmeal, which gives a nice linen look. There are only 6 colors and no color blending, so this should stitch up pretty quickly! I won’t share with you the pattern image, so you can be surprised with each progress update. I’ll most likely post some progress on Instagram, so do check in 🙂
Check out the SAL Group progress updates by clicking the blog links below and welcome two new members!
Warmest welcome Susan and Kathy — I can’t wait to see what you’re stitching up! Susan is also stitching along with the Moda Bake Shop and has some bee-utiful bee blocks ❤
Questions for my SAL Group – How many projects do you work on at once? Do you make sure you finish one pattern before starting another or do you prefer a mix of works in progress?
Until next time!