Tag Archive | hand embroidery

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

Glance from my work table

work tableWell I have been busy with small projects, finishing up pieces that were set aside so that I could finish other projects. This is the piece that I am currently working on.

small works

As I work, I often pull out finished pieces, so that I can remind myself how I worked out colors, or stitches on other projects. So I have lined the back of my work table with some of the smaller works that I have finished.

small worksI am currently finishing up the photography for my third book, and as you can see, getting ready to propose another title.

Happy Stitching to all, ~Christen