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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidered Drawstring Pattern: A Little Sampler


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This is the last of the four embroidery patterns the kids chose from for their drawstring bags. It’s a little sampler, employing many of the stitches learned in their embroidery classes this summer.

If I remember correctly, only one student chose this pattern. It’s a little more complicated than the other three patterns (see cirles, daisy garden, daisy wreath), but I thought it would be fun to work, since it employed different stitches.

The irony is that the one kid who picked it, didn’t really work the stitches learned. Ah well. I think she had fun working on it, anyway.

Here it is. You can click on it for a larger image, then save it to your computer and resize it. Sorry about the scratchy look – it was drawn on graph paper and scanned.

The first row is fly stitch, tipped with a bead or a French knot. The long sides are simply straight stitches, or they could be daisy stitch. The second row is stem stitch stems, and then whipped daisy stitch, to cover the petals with a ribbed edge, like the ribbed spider web. The third row could have been fly stitch, or even a double herringbone, with daisy stitch or bullion knots, which should cross over and “couch” the fly stitch down – and French knot centers. The bottom row: flowers worked in lazy daisy stitch, with French knot centers and chain stitch stems, set in a row of herringbone or fly stitch.


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