Friday, August 2, 2019

It's August & that means it's time for the next stitch-a-long

I thought this month should be easier than the June/July stitch-a-long so I pulled out an embroidered box I made back when silk ribbon embroidery was a new and favorite thing to do. I didn't have a scanner so I made a copy of the drawing of the girl and used a product (sorry can't remember the name)that transfered it onto fabric. That's why she's looking opposite the 2 new versions at the bottom of the photo.

This month’s design is another drawing from Dover’s copyright free collection. I’ve included 2 versions of the drawing. The name for this month’s design came from an old song called ‘The Flower Girl’ by The Cowsills. I was going thru my collection of vintage vinyls and found it. Seemed to fit her perfectly.

I made 2 more embroideries because I wanted to show that you can use different threads to make whatever flowers you like. I love to make lazy daisy stitches so tend to use that stitch a lot. I used the crewel wool to make blue roses just because I wanted blue roses. Choose whatever you like. Same with the flowers, make whatever you like.

The stitches you need to know-
I don’t give directions on how to make the embroidery stitches. There are many books, web sites, and videos where you can learn how to make them if you are a beginner.
Japanese ribbon stitch
spider web rose
lazy daisy
French knots
fly stitch

Getting the pattern on fabric & tips -

1. You have a choice to make. Will you trace the pattern on the fabric or use your printer to print directly on the fabric?

I printed on the fabric by cutting a piece of freezer paper the same size as the paper I use in the printer. I then ironed it onto the fabric, let it cool, then cut the fabric along the edge of the paper. I then put it in the paper tray, making sure I had the correct side up, and printed the pattern. I have a Canon printer and have had no trouble printing on fabric. There are packages of fabric ready to be printed on but I prefer to do it myself.

One thing I do because I’ve found the ink will run out into the fabric is to spray the printed fabric with an acrylic spray. I learned this the hard way when I decided to put lightweight interfacing on the back of the fabric. It had to be steamed to get it to stick and the steam caused the ink to creep into the fabric as this picture shows. Now I always lightly spray the fabric. Another bonus is that the fabric becomes a little stiff so no need for the interfacing.

Tip: You may want to make 2 or more sheets for printing in case of mistakes.

If you decide to trace the pattern onto your fabric I suggest you use a fine tip permanent marker like the Micron pigma pens. Don’t use one that will run if wet. Try them on a scrap of fabric, then wet it. That way if runs you know you will need to spray it with a sealant.

Right click the pictures to save them to your hard drive. You can then use your printing program to print them the size you want. I'm still using win XP so I use the print wizard.

 Tips -

1. I use a round hoop, but stretcher bars would be great, too. No hoop marks.
Don’t leave the fabric in the hoop if you don’t do all the embroidery at one time. This can make the hoop marks harder to iron out and stretch the fabric.

2. I used DMC floss because it’s what I have. Have fun with the pattern and do what you like.

3. Instead of French knots use small beads.

4. The girl with the blue flowers has a headband like the drawing but I covered it over with flowers for the other versions.

5. I used colored pencils for just the face but you could color the hair, too!

6. I used blending filament to give a bit of sparkle to the flowers and leaves. If you’ve never used it before here’s a tip: use short pieces because it frays very easily.

7. The blue wool roses and silk ribbon roses are both made with the spider web stitch. For the base stitches you can use the same fibers or floss or sewing thread.

 Let’s Get Started !
1. This step is optional. You don’t have to color the face if you don’t like it. I used  pink pencils for the mouth and cheeks.
For the silk ribbon version I did use a Pigma permanent red marker. I was really careful to stay away from the mouth outline because I worried it might bleed a little.

Tip: you may want to practice coloring on a scrap of fabric to see how your pencils, pens, or markers work.

2. You can spray over the colors with a fixative. You may want to practice spraying to make sure your colors don’t run.

I found if I get too close to the fabric the ink, marker, and pencils will run.

If you over spray, meaning spray and spray and spray, it wets everything too much and it will cause the ink to run.

 The Blue Rose Girl -
The is the only one I added the headband to.

1. Starting with the headband you will take it in place with either sewing thread or floss. This drawing shows that I added another segment to the headband.

 2. Follow the finished photo for the spider web roses or put them where you want.
I used the wool to make the bases but you may prefer to use floss or sewing thread.
Weave the wool over and under the base threads until they are covered.
I preferred to make all the bases then do the weaving, you may want to do one at a time. Your choice :)

3. For the tiny lazy daisy flowers I used 1 strand of white floss and 1 strand of blending filament.
 I used yellow seed beads for the centers but you can use french knots instead.

4. For the pink French knots I used 2 strands of floss and 1 of matching blending filament.

5. The lazy daisy leaves are 2 strands of green floss and one of matching blending filament. Add them where you like.

6. Fill in around the pink French knots with pink seed beads.


The Girl with the Violets -

This is the easiest one since it’s all embroidery floss. I used 3 shades of purple for the violets.

1. Start with one color of purple floss to make lazy daisy flowers.
Scatter them following the photos or put them where you want. Next add more violets using the second shade of purple, then add the third shade.

2. Make yellow French knots in the enter of the violets.

3. Fill in around the violets with pink French knots.

4. Make lazy daisy leaves with a long straight stitch to anchor the loop.


The Silk Ribbon Rose Girl -

This is the one that started it all. I attached the embroidery to a box I made.

1. Follow the finished photo for the spider web roses or put them where you want.

I used sewing thread to make the bases but you may prefer to use floss. Weave the silk ribbon over and under the base threads until they are covered.
I preferred to make all the bases then do the weaving, you may want to do one at a time. Your choice :)

2. Using the green silk ribbon make Japanese ribbon stitch (also called ribbon stitch) leaves around the roses.

3. Using 2 strands of white floss and one of matching blending filament make some lazy daisy flowers following this photo for placement or put them where you want them.

4. Using 1 strand of green floss and one strand of blending filament make fly stitches for the leaves around the daisies.



I have edited the copyright free drawing of the flower lady. It is from a Dover Publication book. I recommend their books for copyright free drawings and pictures. I’ve found some pictures on the net that say they are copyright free but after doing some research find they aren’t. Dover makes them safe to use at a good price.

So this means that although the original drawing is copyright free, what I’ve done with it is not. The embroidery design is my own. I have not knowingly copied anyone else's work.

©Billie Jo Heisler 2019
All rights reserved
No part of this pattern may be reproduced or sold without written permission of the author. You have permission to print copies for yourself.