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Progress report: Mint Tea pattern stitched

Progress report: Mint Tea pattern stitched

Summer is coming, but the new bag is still not ready! GASP. But there is good news – at least the embroidery for it is done. The design was inspired by the mint tea – one of my favorite drinks :)

Green tea leaves are worked in chain stitch. You might recognize them from this post where I shared some tips for better chain stitch. The leaves have a linear design, so there was a LOT of chain stitching. Great for practice!

Progress report: Mint Tea pattern stitched

The other leaves, with a rounder shape, are the mint. I was mulling over ideas on how to fill in the shapes for a while before deciding to stop at seed stitch. The seed stitches are very tiny, I grabbed only one thread of fabric when I made them. And as my back stitch tends to be tiny also, I thought it would fit for the outlining of the shape and the veins inside of the leaves.

Progress report: Mint Tea pattern stitched

I really liked the effect, it looks as if the leaves are pricked on fabric with a green pen. 

The thread I used is DMC cotton floss of two colors: 503 (chain stitches leaves) and 522 (seed stitched leaves). I used almost the whole skein for the tea leaves. Chain stitch is done with two strands of thread, while the seed stitch is worked with one thread. It creates two "levels" of height: a slight variety in dimension because the chain stitched leaves are more raised. 

Progress report: Mint Tea pattern stitched

Guess some sewing is waiting for me this weekend. I really hope to finish the bag by the time June starts :)


Happy stitching weekend, everyone!

Bullion stitch and bullion pistil stitch

Bullion stitch and bullion pistil stitch

You probably spotted before all these beautiful roses or lavender flowers worked with bullion stitches? This stitch was a fantastic discovery for me.

Despite its peculiar look, it is actually wonderfully versatile – it's used for stitching flowers, hair (including braids), rye, caterpillars and it is also a component of many compound stitches. For example, the bullion picot buttonhole edging.

You can also play with its size and shape, so the possibilities for its use in hand embroidery are very wide. It is a little tricky to stitch though, so in this post, I will share a bullion stitch and bullion pistil stitch tutorials as well as some universal tips on how to get it done right.

How to end embroidery thread and not feel anxious about it

How to end embroidery thread and not feel anxious about it

There are two essential things a beginning embroiderer should learn first-hand: how to begin and end embroidery stitches.

Let's be honest, both of these topics are... tricky. There is quite a number of nuances that require attention. Ending hand embroidery thread might create some anxiety in the minds of stitchers. Did I secure it well enough? What if it comes loose?

Have you ever asked yourself those questions? I did. And it's normal. As easy as ending embroidery thread is, it still requires some guidance. So let's take a look at how you can end your embroidery stitches in an anxiety-free way.

Chinese knot made easy

How to stitch Chinese knot

This month I've been covering hand embroidery knot stitches on StitchFloral. And although initially, I was going to talk only about basics, in the end, I couldn't stop myself from telling about the Chinese knot. Yeah, this mysterious guy which is often referred to as “Forbidden stitch”;)

Needlebook complete! Or, confessions of a clumsy stitcher

Needlebook complete! Or, confessions of a clumsy stitcher

It's tough to be a clumsy perfectionist. When I planned it, the needlebook was supposed to be much neater and tidier – but my sewing skills let me down. But you know what.. I like it as it is. Clumsy, a little awkward, but still a lovely sweetheart :)

6 tips for better chain stitch

6 tips for better chain stitch


I'm currently working on the summer tote bag that I want to get ready this month. The design was born a while ago, but the main problem was to pick fitting stitches for it. My all-time faves among the line stitches have always been stem stitch and split stitch, so at first, I was going to employ one of them. As usually. But then I thought... Isn't it unfair that I give so little chance for chain stitch to shine in my embroidery? 

This is a truly wonderful stitch too, it gives nice solid lines and has that fun “crochet” look. Except that.... it is a bit tricky in some ways ;) 

So, today I'd like to share some tips that I find really helpful for those who struggle with this stitch like I did. In this post, you will learn how to work the curves with chain stitch, make the corners sharps, join up the ends of shapes, save the thread and other important stuff. Away with hesitation! Let's learn how to kill it when you chain stitch!

Colonial knot and how's it different from french knot?

Colonial knot and how's it different from french knot?

French knot is, undoubtedly, the most popular knot stitch out there. But it has a “twin” - colonial knot. Jump in to explore the similarities and differences between the two!