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Embroidery Designs Classic Creations: Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Decorative Patterns Paperback – September 12, 2017
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Pattern 6: Friendly Fish
Threads: black, dark blue, light blue, light green, yellow, dark green, and white
Body: Outline the body of the fish in stem stitch using four strands of dark blue. Embroider the gills in backstitch with four strands of light blue and the eye as a blanket stitch pinwheel with an open center using two strands of black. Use four strands of dark green for the cross-stitches and three strands of light blue and star stitch to create the patterns on the fish.
Tail: Embroider the outer and inner lines with chain stitch. Use three strands of dark blue for the outer and two strands of light blue for the inner.
Fins: Outline both fins in stem stitch using four strands of light blue. Create the lines inside the fins in backstitch using three strands of dark blue.
Bubbles: The bubbles are blanket stitch pinwheels. Use two strands each of light green, yellow, and white, and the reference photo as a guide for color placement.
Tip: Switch between closed and open blanket stitch pinwheels to create interest or to suit your design.
Pattern 9: Lovely Heart
Threads: salmon, light salmon, light green, yellow, dark green, and white
Main heart: Embroider the vertical lines in backstitch using four strands of salmon. Outline the heart in whipped chain stitch—use three strands of salmon for the chain stitching and two strands of white for the whipping. Stitch the outer heart in stem stitch with four strands of salmon. Embroider the circles as blanket stitch pinwheels using two strands of white.
Small heart: Outline the small heart using stem stitch with three strands of light salmon. Embroider the French knot flowers in two strands of light salmon.
Flower: Fill the center circle with satin stitch using two strands of yellow and embroider the outer circle in stem stitch with three strands of yellow. Using three strands of light green, stitch the lines inside each petal in backstitch and the background petals in stem stitch. Use four strands of dark green to stem stitch the full petals.
Tip: Play around with the positioning and number of French knots to create different small flowers.
Pattern 12: Charming Raccoon
Threads: black, salmon, light green, yellow, and white
Body: Outline the body in stem stitch using four strands of black. Make the legs with backstitch using four strands of black.
Tail: Fill each section of the tail with satin stitch using three strands and alternating between black and white. Position the stitches so they follow the curve of the tail.
Head and face: Use two strands of black and satin stitch for the nose and pupils of the eyes. Outline the eyes in three strands of black in stem stitch. Embroider the lower half of the face in stem stitch of four strands of white. Use two strands of white and satin stitch for the ears. Outline the rest of the face and head in stem stitch using four strands of black.
Border: Create the flowers using detached chain stitches in three strands of thread. Start on the lower left with salmon, then use yellow, light green, and yellow again. Repeat the sequence around the circle of flowers.
Tip: Stitch the detached chains in pairs of opposites rather than moving from one to the next around the circle. This will prevent the thread from building up unevenly in the center.
About the Author
Kelly Fletcher is a professional needlework designer and founder of Kelly Fletcher Needlework Design in London. She is the author of the internationally published Embroidered Home, contributing artist to Margaret Rowan’s Stitch: The Complete Guide to Handsewing and Embellishing, and the writer behind the Sew Cute Embroidery Kit. She is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she publishes digital magazine The Stitch & Thimble and manages her business through online shops on Etsy and Craftsy as well as her website, www.kellyfletcher.co.uk.