Creative Use of Stitches

Meet Frances Fordham. Frances is a friend and a neighbour and has embroidered, quilted and rug hooked sort of forever. She always stitches flowers but look at these flowers closely and see the detail and how effectively she has used the stitches.

This first one is Running Stitch and French Knots. Frances finished each piece as a quilting square and then joined them to create a table runner.

Running Stitch and French Knots
Running Stitch and French Knots

The Lilies are stitched with Chain Stitch and variations.

Chain Stitch Lilies
Chain Stitch Lilies

The Pansy is stitched with Stem Stitch and variations, Cross Stitch, Herringbone Stitch and Threaded Back Stitch.

Stem Stitch Pansy
Stem Stitch Pansy

This last one is a Single Dahlia. The stitches are Buttonhole Stitch and variations, Cretan Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Fly Stitch, Stem Stitch, Chain Stitch, Satin Stitch, Long and Short Stitch, Rumanian and other Leaf Stitches.

Single Dahlia
Single Dahlia

The threads Frances used were DMC Coton a Broder and Clarks Anchor Floss with a few extras included as needed.

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