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Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Design Workshop Tips from the Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Embroidered Base Designs
The construction of the fabric base will determine the overall design of the embroidery and embellishments. The fabric base can begin as a solid-color wholecloth base, a base with one or more printed fabrics, or a foundation strip- or crazy-pieced design.

Embellishment Extras

Once the base of the project is designed, pieces of trim, ribbon, bits of lace, or appliqués can be added for additional design opportunities. The embroidery can be worked on the edges or through the width of the trim or lace, with the same stitch or with different stitches.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of the eBook of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing you can visit the following sites this week.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing, https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery, https://joavery.co.uk 

Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos, https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/ 

Alish Henderson: Jamie Chalmers (@mrxstitch) • Instagram photos and videos

Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com 

Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Happy Stitching~ Christen

Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Design Workshop Tips from the Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Embroidered Base Designs
The construction of the fabric base will determine the overall design of the embroidery and embellishments. The fabric base can begin as a solid-color wholecloth base, a base with one or more printed fabrics, or a foundation strip- or crazy-pieced design.

Pieced Patterns

The embroidery Design on a pieced base can be worked on one or both sides of the seam or straddling the seam; the stitches can also be worked into the open spaces between seams. The length of the seam and the section of fabric between the adjacent seams will determine the size of the embroidered row and any additional stitched components.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of the eBook of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing you can visit the following sites this week.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing, https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery, https://joavery.co.uk 

Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos, https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/ 

Alish Henderson: Jamie Chalmers (@mrxstitch) • Instagram photos and videos

Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com 

Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Happy Stitching~ Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 22

11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″

California Dreamin’ by Christen Brown

This wall hanging started with a simple strip-pieced design using two marbled fabrics and bleached muslin. The center square and third square were cut from the muslin, and were then entirely embroidered with decorative and details stitches. The second and fourth squares were cut from the two marbled fabrics, with each strip bordered with chain and French knot stitches. Vintage green sew-through beads were stitched along the border.

You can find this piece in my new book the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 21

21 1/2″ x 12 3/4″

Big Leaves by Christen Brown

This piece started with the large linen leaf print. I chose Valdani perle cotton for the embroidery stitches because of the ombre and variegated colors. The printed fabric gave me so many opportunities to use a variety of embroidery stitches.

You can find this piece in my book the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Design Workshop Tips from the Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Embroidered Base Designs
The construction of the fabric base will determine the overall design of the embroidery and embellishments. The fabric base can begin as a solid-color wholecloth base, a base with one or more printed fabrics, or a foundation strip- or crazy-pieced design.

Printed Fabrics

Fabrics with stripes, circles, or squares can be used as a guide for evenly spaced embroidery stitches. Printed fabrics that have a realistic pattern of waves, leaves or flowers offer many possibilities for embroidery.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of the eBook of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing you can visit the following sites this week.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing, https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery, https://joavery.co.uk 

Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos, https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/ 

Alish Henderson: Jamie Chalmers (@mrxstitch) • Instagram photos and videos

Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com 

Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Happy Stitching~ Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 20

18 1/4″ 18 1/4″

Psychedelic Balloons by Christen Brown

This wall hanging started with two different batik fabrics, the fuchsia and cream pin-stripe and the turquoise, pink and purple spotted dots. I used a series of circle shapes to embroider around, using almost all of the stitches that are shown in my Hand Embroidery Dictionary book. I used five different colors of the hand dyed cotton threads from Laura Wasilowski’s, Artfabrik store.

You can find this piece in my new book the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Design Workshop Tips from the Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Embroidered Base Designs
The construction of the fabric base will determine the overall design of the embroidery and embellishments. The fabric base can begin as a solid-color wholecloth base, a base with one or more printed fabrics, or a foundation strip- or crazy-pieced design.

Solid Fabrics

A wholecloth base offers endless possibilities for a design; this can be a solid color or a subtle batik. The
embroidery pattern can be worked over a single template shape (such as a fan) or by repeating the motif (such as a circle) in various sizes from large to medium to small.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of the eBook of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing you can visit the following sites this week.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing, https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery, https://joavery.co.uk 

Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos, https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/ 

Alish Henderson: Jamie Chalmers (@mrxstitch) • Instagram photos and videos

Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com 

Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Happy Stitching~ Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 19

Lady Bird’s Bzzy Garden, and Lady Bird 2 by Christen Brown

I used the same printed fabrics for each of the above wall hangings. On the first I used black as an accent color. The border row stitches were all worked in black, with the decorative and detail stitches worked in the same colors as the fabrics. In the second piece I used cream as an accent color, including in a variety of cotton laces. The border row, decorative and detail stitches are all worked in different colors.

These two pieces can be found in The Embroidery Book, by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Stitch Along Sampler Week- Day 7

The Hand Embroidery Dictionary/ Knotted, Woven and Whipped Stitches and Embellishment Stitches

Everything embroidery bundled into one helpful how-to guide! The book breaks down 500+ stitches from the basics for beginners to more complex designs for advanced stitchers.

  • Learn how to choose tools, threads, and embellishments
  • Basic stitch guides explain accurate placement to help you achieve the perfect stitch
  • Each stitch includes a stitched sample, instructions and in most cases illustrations
  • Learn how to change the position of the stitch and use the distance between points to change the look of the stitch
  • Tips and instructions for left-handed embroiderers

There are 16 groups of stitches which include straight, outline, knotted, woven, and whipped, lazy daisy, chain, barb, blanket and buttonhole, fly, feather, fleet, cretan, cross, herringbone, capped, chevron, and embellishment stitches.

Knotted, woven and whipped stitches are all unique stitches, that add texture to your embroidery. The embellishment stitches use beads and buttons, and add a touch of whimsy to your projects.

Happy Stitching~ Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 18

8″ x 8″

Charmed Square by Christen Brown

This small square was pieced with a few leftover squares from a Moda Charm pack, the rest of the squares were used in Paris Flea Market. I added two complementary fabrics to complete the nine-patch design and borders. The border row stitches were worked in one color of perle cotton #8 to straddle each seam. The decorative and detail stitches were worked in five colors of cotton floss, and two colors of seed beads. The color and stitch changed depending on which side of the border row they were stitched. I used three colors of glass buttons and charms and added brass buttons as an accent color.

This piece can be found in The Embroidery Book by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen