Long and short stitch lesson

Long and short stitch lesson

I guess many of us have experienced the “Wow!” moment when we saw beautiful needlepainting pieces? Some of these works are just so gorgeous it takes your breath away! Needlepainting is a very intricate technique which requires a ton of practice, but you can master it even if you don't have good drawing and painting skills. The one thing, though, that you need for sure is a good understanding of how long and short stitch works. And that's what our lesson today is about :)
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Water-soluble fabric marker: are you making this mistake when you use it?

Water-soluble fabric marker: are you making this mistake when you use it?

I think the issue of transferring patterns and designs to fabric is one of the most important ones that have to be addressed time after time, no matter how seasoned the stitcher is. Because a successful/not so successful/disastrous transferring will inevitably influence the final result of your embroidery. And none of us wants our efforts to go to waste, right? So, today I'd like to speak about one of the most popular choices for transferring embroidery designs to the fabric: water-soluble markers.

These pens have appeared on the market a long time ago and have since earned love of many stitchers and hate of many other stitchers. I belong to the first group, but I also understand the frustration that the second group has gone through – because I, myself, had sad experiences with washable markers. But now I know that the problem was not in the marker itself, but in my wrong way of using it! In this post I'm going to share my mistake, tell you how I came to realize it and how to fix it.
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How to start thread when a knot and anchoring stitches are not an option?

How to start thread when a knot and anchoring stitches are not an option?

I've been so focused on telling more about the stitches lately, that I only now realized that I didn't share anything from my own embroidery for quite a while. GASP! Well, to tell the truth, there's not that much to show... But there's something that might be of interest in my current process regarding starting the thread issue ;)
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Padded satin stitch tutorial

Padded satin stitch tutorial

It's Wednesday and it means that we will speak about a new stitch today! Last week we took a look at satin stitch basics which can be worked with or without an outlining. A very handy stitch, great for filling in all sorts of shapes and sometimes can be used exclusively to work whole designs. Today we will speak about its “upgraded” version – padded satin stitch.

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The 6 faces of stem stitch

The 6 faces of stem stitch

Nowadays, as I noticed, the most popular line stitch is the back stitch. Which is wonderful, because this stitch is very handy and easy to “tame”. But as for me, my all-time favorite line stitch is the stem stitch. I just like how it looks, like the type of lines it draws and one more thing that I appreciate in it – its versatile appearance.
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The classics of hand embroidery: satin stitch


Today's stitch I consider one of the basics of hand embroidery, as it is the most common one that is used for filling the shapes: satin stitch. It has it's difficulties and peculiarities and achieving the “perfect” smooth look might be tricky. But after a bit of practice, I believe it will surrender to anyone!

Below you will find instructions on how to do satin stitch step by step and get some useful tips for better results :)
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June Round-up

June Round-up

New month, new plans! But before we dive into July, it's time to sum up the previous month on Stitch Floral :)
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Buttonhole stitch practice: free PDF pattern

Buttonhole stitch practice: free PDF pattern

Today, with this post, the Buttonhole stitch lessons come to an end! It's been an avalanche of information about this stitch this month and the best way to digest all of this data is to stitch it out! That's why today I prepared this free PDF pattern for you to practice the buttonhole stitch and become best buddies with it.

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Buttonhole stitch: when the thread ends

Buttonhole stitch: when the thread ends

Are you tired of buttonhole stitch lessons yet?? Yes? Too bad, because I have another one! 😈 

Sorry, sorry, I know there's been quite a lot of buttonhole this month, and I wasn't planning on adding more today, to be honest. But I'm currently preparing a practice piece I'd like to share with all of you, and while I was stitching it, it dawned upon me, that there is an aspect in buttonhole stitch that I didn't speak about yet – ending an old thread and starting a new one. So I thought it would be better to cover ALL possible questions now, to prevent any possible problems and make the stitching process as joyful as possible :)
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Buttonhole stitch Lesson 3: Filling the shapes

Buttonhole stitch Lesson 3: Filling the shapes

Here we are, back to the buttonhole - the stitch of this month! I call it the most versatile among all of the hand embroidery stitches, and there is a reason for that. As I mentioned earlier, the buttonhole stitch can be used for attaching an applique to the fabric and for creating an outline or a border (using the variations of the buttonhole stitch). But the versatility of this stitch doesn't end here! 

It can also be used for filling in ALL kinds of shapes! And you can vary the look of the result by changing the density of stitches. The bright side of using buttonhole stitch as a filler, that I especially appreciate, is that it doesn't only fill in the shape, but also creates an outline ;)

Now, let's get to the business and see how the buttonhole stitch works as a filler. 
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26 free vintage embroidery books you can read online

26 free vintage embroidery books you can read online

In my honest opinion, books are one of the best ways to invest in yourself, your skill and knowledge. When anyone asks me what would I like to get as a present, a book is one of my first choices. And as a hand embroidery lover, I can't overrate the worth and value of books with good instructions and inspiring designs. So, if the budget allows, I would definitely recommend spending some cash on creating a good embroidery library.

However, there are times for all of us when we're short on money. While saving our pennies, we drool over those colorful stitchery books with vast varieties of fun projects and sigh, dreaming about the day we make the purchase and dive into the pages of this beauty... (I am not the only book-addict, right?)

Well, there is a way to treat yourself with embroidery books absolutely for FREE! 
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Dogrose: Embroidered heart shaped wreath

dogrose floral heart embroidery


When you love flowers and love embroidery, sooner or later a heart shaped floral wreath will bloom on your fabric. Guess it was inevitable :)
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Buttonhole stitch Lesson 2: variations

Buttonhole stitch variations

We already looked at the basics of the buttonhole stitch along with its functions and spoke about the confusion between the names “blanket stitch” and “buttonhole stitch”. Now, one of the remarkable characteristics of this stitch is that it has a TON of variations. All of them are worth attention but mentioning every single one would make this post super long. So for the starts, I decided to stop at the three most popular variations: closed buttonhole stitch, crossed buttonhole stitch and knotted buttonhole stitch.
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How to prevent thread tangling and save your nerves

How to prevent thread tangling

Imagine, coming to your workplace having all your favorite thread and fabrics lined up in front of you, this wonderful art is taking you away from the routine of your daily life, you get in the rhythm of stitching and forget about all the troubles when suddenly... THAT happens. The perfect embroidery session is spoiled by an ugly knot on your thread! Ugh.

I don't think there is any stitcher who doesn't hate the knots on a thread. This is plain frustrating! And it's cool if you can untangle it easily, but when they are too messy and huge, or they happened long time ago on your backside and you noticed it late... That is so not fun.

I think the best way to fight with this problem is to take precautions on early stages. Like starting from the moment you prepare your thread for embroidery.
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10 things to remember about hand embroidery needles

10 things to remember about hand embroidery needles

Needles are the tool that hand embroidery can't do without. And that tool raises many questions in the minds not only of beginners but even experienced stitchers. So, what are the top things we should know about the needles?

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Buttonhole stitch Lesson 1: the basics

Buttonhole stitch basics

Buttonhole one of the basic stitches in hand embroidery which actually forms a whole family of loop stitches. It is really handy, so I strongly believe that learning it is essential for a needleworker.

Today we will speak about:
  • the technique of how it is worked,
  • its functions
  • the confusion between Buttonhole and Blanket stitches
  • the tips for getting the buttonhole stitch right.
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Miniature stitching

Miniature stitching

Last couple of days I was busy with these miniatures. The idea came all of a sudden as soon as I decided to make new pincushions.

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May Round-up

May Round-up

It's funny how unwilling summer is to come and share its warmth here. We've had probably a week or two to enjoy the summer heat, sunshine and clear blue sky, and now it is +7°C again and we wear warm socks and sweaters even at home. Well, but any weather is fine, isn't it? There's always something to be happy about. For example, it's a good excuse for a cup of tea with delicious pastry ;)

No matter the weather, summer is finally here and the last month of spring already waved goodbye. So, it is a good opportunity for summing up everything that happened on StitchFloral during May.
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Bullion knot crash course

Bullion knot crash course

Bullion knots is probably one of the trickiest stitches in hand embroidery. It is surprising that some people might even hate it, while it looks so lovely. But I understand those feelings of frustration. I also struggled with this stitch, getting one messy bullion after another and thinking that something must be wrong with me, my hands or my brain because it looks so easy in diagrams or pictures, but why couldn't I get it right??

I already made a post telling how to make a bullion knot and pistil bullion. But... I thought it is not enough. There are more things that should be shared. In this post I will tell about the alternative way of working the bullion knot which many might find easier, I will also touch on the significance of the direction of wraps around the needle and possible reasons for messy bullions. And in the end you will see a tutorial for the bullion knot rose :) So, let's start!
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Stitching practice: red roses branch

Stitching practice: red roses branch

You know, how they recommend daily practice to beginning painters? The more you train the movements of your hand holding the brush, learn blending colors, practice drawing various shapes and forms – all of the experience from this practice piles up into practical knowledge and makes one a better professional.

This rule can be applied to any craft and needlework is not an exception. Mastering the art of hand embroidery takes time and effort and sometimes you have to be prepared for failures. That's why I like to go for small practice embroidery pieces. I tend to not take them "too" seriously – this is a field for experimentation and trying something new, or just for practicing something I already know. At the same time, I still strive for a decent result.

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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 :)

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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.
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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.
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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”;)
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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 :)
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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 sharp, 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!
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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!
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Needlebook progress and a quick twig tutorial

Needlebook progress and a quick twig tutorial

The needlebook I'm currently working on has just got a face!
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My design: Crewel Heart

Crewel Heart hand embroidery


As promised, today I'm showing one of my old designs. I call it Crewel Heart, although it is worked in DMC floss thread and not wool, so technically, calling it crewel is a bit of a stretch. But it was inspired by Crewel embroidery designs and patterns – I love this embroidery style so deeply! - therefore, Crewel Heart it is.
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French Knot and Pistil stitch

French knot tutorial


I'm starting to cover the knots family of stitches and, naturally, the first post will be about the French knot. This stitch is an absolute must-have in your hand embroidery stitches range, because hardly any other stitch can compete with this one in versatility.
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Hello, May! And April round-up

April embroidered projects

With April coming to the end and May rolling in, I decided to sum up my first month of constant blogging and voice my plans for the next month :)
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Bullion picot buttonhole edging stitch tutorial

Bullion picot buttonhole edging tutorial

The textile bag which I started earlier is now complete! I'm really happy with the result. It turned out just like I thought it would be. And more than that, I ended up adding some unexpected touches – like the buttonhole edging with bullion picot, which has a lovely “lacy” look. And today I'm sharing a how-to on this stitch.
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Dancing poppies: hand embroidery freebie!


I'm super excited to share this free hand embroidery design with you! Dancing poppies is one of my most favorite patterns that I developed myself. It was supposed to be matching with the Yellow poppies wreath, but somehow in the middle of stitching, it just got its own character and mood.
It is much more delicate and tender and fits perfectly for the spring stitching season!

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Boho Hand Embroidered bag


Boho textile bag


Recently I made an inventory of my fabric stocks and once again realized that I have to do something with the pile of rather small scraps. They are left from the days I was into patchwork. My passion for it faded away, but the fabric is still taking place in the drawers. So, I decided to make a challenge for myself – to get rid of all the fabric by making some useful stuff! Naturally, featuring hand embroidery. The first product of this challenge is going to be a textile lunch bag!
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Fly Stitch + fly stitched leaves and feather stitch

How to fly stitch

This week I already posted twice about stitches, so I thought why don't I finish it on a similar note? I consider lazy daisy stitch and chain stitch as relatives, so it was easy to pick a new stitch for today: the most logical candidate would surely be fly stitch! That will make the family complete.
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Chain stitch and its faces (+ reverse chain stitch and broad chain stitch)


How to chain stitch

Another one from the list of essential hand embroidery stitches. As you may guess by the name, this stitch resembles a chain. However, there's more to its looks and variety. Today I'm going to cover the chain stitch, reverse chain stitch and broad chain stitch.
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Lazy daisy stitch



Is spring coming in the place where you live? It is so late here. It was snowing today! I'm so impatient for the bright colors of blossoms and greenery of grass, so today I decided to cover one of the most common stitches for embroidering flowers. Lazy daisy stitch, that is. 

This is one of the basic stitches in hand embroidery and you can meet it very often in all kinds of works. I love it because it's really easy and is super handy when you want to stitch cute floral thingies!

First things first, let's try making one!
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The backside of embroidery: why I chose to reveal it and why I'm grateful to the new generation

Backside of hand embroidery

Let's talk about the backside of hand embroidery and the “revolution” that is taking place right now. If you are a beginner in this craft, you may not know about how much of a stumbling block it used to always be in its world. If you are experienced, you probably watch the changes, contemplating on what effect they are going to bring. 

But the fact is: with the new generation of stitchers the attitude to the backside of hand embroidery is undergoing massive changes. So, how did the “messy” backside turn from something disgraceful to something artful? What exactly is the role of the new generation in our craft?
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Bur Marigold – project complete!

wild herb embroidery


If you've been following the recent posts in the blog, you probably know that I've tried my hand at embroidering a botanical print of a wild herb called Bur Marigold. The piece is finished now and rejoices me with its vibrant sunny colors!

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Bur Marigold Project Part 2 and a ribbon embroidery tutorial

ribbon embroidery

After finishing with the lower part of the plant, it was the turn of the flowers and their buds. I decided to include ribbon embroidery in this piece because I wanted to achieve more realism in the final look of the work.

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Hand embroidery 101: 3 ways to start your thread

Beginning hand embroidery thread


Usually, when you open a book on hand embroidery, the first thing you see is the “theory” part: how to choose fabric, needle, and thread. Naturally, it is very important! But as for me... I think if you want to start hand embroidering the first thing you need to learn is how to start your thread and get going. Because you can get quite a good grasp on which fabric and needles are better already in the process. That's why I prefer starting with practice and polishing my experience and knowledge with theory later.

So, take a needle, thread and a piece of fabric (this will be a practice session so I wouldn't recommend using anything too fancy, though) and let's start.


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Bur Marigold Project Progress – Part 1


I have to admit that floral wreaths are my weakness. I have a wreath of yellow poppies and the latest one -  white anemones with blueberries. But recently I decided to try myself at stitching a true botanical print.
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"Winter Joy" - a lovely floral wreath with white anemones. Status - complete!


This is my most favorite wreath among the ones that I've stitched so far. White anemones, blueberries that perfectly match the centering of the flowers, leaves motif, petite blossoms and beads to add more dimensional variety to the work.
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6 tips to remove hand stitching with peace of mind


Hand embroidery is one of those crafts which allows you to easily remove the bit you are not satisfied with. However, as easy as it is, it can also be quite stressful. Especially if it incorporates fine stitching, using one strand of thread. Especially if there are complicated stitches. Especially if it is white on white.

Yeah, I brought myself into trouble. But I won't say “don't repeat my mistakes”! If you like stitching with one strand of thread, using peculiar stitches and the idea of working white thread on white fabric, then go for it! And if there's anything we don't like, we will just remove it.

Here are my tips on how to undo hand stitching in a peaceful manner.

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