The results of this summer’s children’s embroidery classes keep trickling in! This project is another towel, embroidered with a butterfly and flower design. The project was worked by Josephine, in the age 7-9 class, and I think she did a terrific job! You just have to check out her chain stitch…
The towel below is embroidered with perle cotton #5. The kids picked out their own colors, though some had a little help with coordinating colors, if they tried to get a little too … whacky!
I like the bright colors that Josephine chose! On the towel, the kids worked six kinds of stitches: stem stitch (around the butterfly), backstitch, French knot, chain stitch, daisy stitch, and straight stitch.
She did a perfect job with her stem stitch around the butterfly. On the lines inside the butterfly, I had them work backstitches to cover the lines, rather than longer straight stitches, which would have been the normal choice for the lines. I was afraid that, if the towels were used, long straight stitches might catch on things.
The petals on the flowers were worked with daisy stitch, and then filled with a straight stitch in a contrasting color. Adding a straight stitch helps hide the pattern marking. On this pattern, which I traced on each towel using a light box and micron art pen, the petals for the flowers were marked with a straight line. The daisy stitch “surrounds” the straight line, leaving it visible – hence, the straight stitch! Besides, I like the “full” look of the petals with the contrasting color inside, don’t you?! And, right smack dab in the middle – a French knot! The kids did a good job with French knots!
My favorite part of the towel is probably the base of the design here, because I associate it with a remark made by one of the kids in the class: “They look like cacti.” Cacti? You’re 8, and you’re pluralizing cactus into cacti? I thought it was funny! And she was right, they do, in a thickish sort of way!
BUT – check out her chain stitch! Isn’t it nice? It’s so even and snuggly fitted!
Excellent job on the towel, Josie – now…. what’s your NEXT project?