Colour No.2

Hello foxy people! Needles at the ready for colour number 2. You will be using back stitch, stem stitch and satin stitch. After almost a fortnight of battling through a nasty cold, my voice is still somewhere between a pubescent thirteen year old boy and a barking seal. I was hoping for sexy husky but no such luck. So I’m going to have to handball the satin stitch tutorial over to sublime stitching until I’m able to make a video. Sublime Stitching Satin Stitch Tutorial 

 No.2 colours

Rainbow bright – 1304 olive

Rainbow pastel – 1205 Cottonwood

Fresh modern – 803 Pea Soup

On trend – 1203 Blue Cypress

Shabby Chic – 2201 Tinkerbell

Mud pie – 315 Tea Party

Jewel – 1202 Dark Yew

Aubergine – 1203 Blue Cypress

Rainforest – 210 Tropic Sea

All stitching is made with 2 strands of thread. We start with a tiny back stitch approximately 1mm in length (easier to stab stitch this small a stitch) on the leaves near his ear. Stab stitching is where you work from the top and underside of the fabric, passing the needle through the top and pulling it from the underneath, creating a stitch in two actions, rather than travelling across the surface and making a complete stitch in one action.

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The leaves above his back leg are stitched with stem stitch on the outline and the spine. Only a single straight stitch is made where the line jumps in to create the points on the outline of the leaves. The veins are stitched with the very small back stitch as with the leaves near his ear. The reason I have chosen to do a tiny back stitch is because of the texture it gives. You may prefer to make a larger stitch, it’s entirely up to you.

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The last section for colour No.2 is the row of small leaves continuing from the line of his back paw. The stem is stitched in stem stitch (how very fitting) and the leaves in satin stitch. I do not outline my shape with back stitch prior to filling with satin stitch but this is something you may like to experiment with on your scribble cloth, especially if you haven’t stitched much satin stitch before. When stitching with satin stitch, lay your thread down next to the stitch you’ve just made, to see where you need to re-enter your needle into the fabric. It’s easy to assume you need to go right next to the previous stitch but you need to take into consideration the width of the two strands of threads once they are laying on the fabric. This is why I like to take my stitches ever so slightly away from the previous stitch, even if it is just one further thread in the weave of the fabric. Make sure your threads are not twisted together as you’re working, stopping every now and again to untwist them. You want your threads to lay next to each other, not twisted. When you’ve finished each leaf, run the tip of your needle on the fabric next to the stitches, this can help to pull them into line and behave themselves.

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Happy stitching!

Xx Katie

 

Colour No.1

I know you’ve all been waiting so patiently for some real action. So here we go…

This stitch-along is broken down into 8 parts, one for each colour thread. Stitch tutorials will be a separate reference for you to use so you won’t have to watch them repeatedly. You may already know the stitches and just need to know what goes where. Stitch tutorials can be found here.

I recommend that you have a scribble cloth to practice and experiment with stitches, especially if you go on to stitch other colouring book illustrations that you don’t have a direct visual reference for stitch placement. You won’t have to undo nearly as much stitching with a scribble cloth because if the stitch doesn’t work out the way you though it would, you just move on. The scribble cloth should have weaveline as well and this is why I provide two fat quarters of fabric and a half metre of weaveline. Enough for your fox and enough for a scribble cloth.

Each colour from the nine colourways has a corresponding number. The first colour we will be stitching with from each of the colourways is as follows:

Rainbow bright – 610 Red hot poker

Rainbow pastel – 2202 Tutu

Fresh modern – Chinese lantern No.1

On trend – 1104 Sweet Melon

Shabby Chic – 2101 Bluebell

Mud pie – 1906 Clay

Jewel – Zinnia No.1

Aubergine – 411 Grand Ridge

Rainforest – 310 Carrot Seed

Before we get started stitching, I have made a little video on how I thread a needle. I know, I know it sounds silly that you might need a video on how to thread a needle but, you may not even know there is another way.

Then there is the knot my Mum taught me. It probably has a proper name but it will forever be known to me as ‘the one Mum taught me’.

We are going to start off at the foxes nose with stem stitch up and over his forehead to his ear. Stem stitch is detailed in the stitch tutorial here, along with encroaching stem which I have used to fill the solid lines. With each of the solid filled lines, I began stitching at the pointy end, merging from stem into encroaching stem. Not all of the lines are filled, some are only outlined with the fine line of stem stitch. The only other stitch used here is french knot dots (the tutorial for french knots will be added shortly, the kids have been sharing their bugs with me and I’ve come down with a nasty throat) . These french knots are made with a single wrap.

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The legs are stitched with stem  stitch as well. The claws are satin stitch which is similar to encroaching stem, just stitched straight up and down rather than on an angle. I will be making a tutorial on Satin stitch when it comes into play a little more. If you are not confident with satin stitch, just leave the claws for now.

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The curve of his leg is stitched with stem stitch that transitions into encroaching stem as the line widens. The back legs are stitched the same as the front legs.

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The tail outline is stitched with stem stitch. The diagonal line details at the top are stitched with single stitch. The french knots on the left are single wrap french knots and the french knots on the right are double wrapped.

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Happy Stitching

Xx Katie

CGT

It’s no secret that I am completely biased when it comes to thread choice. I’m sure those threads of CGT that strangely disappear while I’m stitching have found their way into my system and bonded to the strands of my DNA. Or, they are most likely stuck to my bum. Either way, they are a part of me and I like to think I’m a big part of Cottage Garden Threads too. What began as my Mum’s baby has now become mine too. In a completely non incesty kind of way.

We make a great team, my Mum and I. She is grounded, determined, like a tree taking root and holding firm against the wind blowing in all directions. No matter what threatens to blow her down, she stands strong and continues to grow. I am a bit of a dreamer, a thinker, the seeds of the tree that catch the wind and flit about here and there seeking new ground and new ideas, only possible because I am let free to be carried away by inspiration.

Whenever you thread your needle with CGT, know that you are stitching with strands of pure love. The kind of immeasurable love that exists between a Mother and a daughter. Even when the winds are inspiring change and the tree doesn’t like change very much.

So if you haven’t yet stitched with CGT, get some in your needle and feel the love.

Here is a little clip detailing some of the features of CGT and how to use the nifty packaging.

 

Weaveline

Weaveline is my preferred stabilizer for stitching. There are other stabilizers on the market that are very similar feeling to dressmakers interfacing. Weaveline differs from these because it is woven rather than made from compressed fibres like felt. These give me the heebiejeebies when they catch on my burred fingertips during a good session of stitching. Another benefit of being a woven fabric is the fine, even texture and thickness which gives the finished stitchery a flat look as opposed to a puffy quilted look.

Here is a little video on using weaveline.