Do you have an embroidery stitch library?
Several years ago when I was introduced to counted canvas needlework, I soon realized what a vast array of stitches there really were. Who knew????
I decided very quickly that it would be a great idea to see what these stitches looked like, especially with various colour combinations. So my journey creating my stitch library began.
Now for each new colour combination I dye, I stitch a small sample to “see” what the colour looks like “in action”!
Today I am featuring my spring collection stitch samples.
Let’s start with Colour #60 shown above. This is a blend of soft blue/green, pale yellow and pale tan. I stitched this sample slightly differently than I usually do. The top third of the sample is size 8 perle cotton and the lower two thirds is size 5 perle cotton. Really amazing to see the differences in the appearance of the stitch depending on the thread size used! The stitch is a Jerusalem Cross.
Next up is colour #61. A great blend of muted yellow and tan. While this is lovely for a spring palette, it would look fabulous with a fall palette of colours as well. The stitch is called a Charlotte.
Finally, colour #62 is a blend of turquoise blue/grey. This one changes depending on the light. It appears more turquoise blue sometimes and other times more blue/grey. The stitch is Pavillion Boxes.
I do use a variety of books for reference but my favourites are Ruth Schmuff/Kathy Holicky Stitches books. There are four volumes – I have three which I use ALL the time. Thank you Ruth & Kathy!
So, perhaps you should start experimenting and stitch up your own embroidery stitch library!