How to Use One Pattern, Three Ways!

comments (5) September 24th, 2008     

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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The same pattern can be stitched in many ways, from right to left: outline with pen and ink–style shading, full-color fill, and black outline.
The pattern is a simple outline made so that you can add as much or as little detail as youd like.
The pattern looks great just on its own. I stitched it with a stemstitch and splitstitch using all six strands of the floss. This is great for when you want a project done fast because you can easily finish it in one to two days.
The same pattern can be stitched in many ways, from right to left: outline with pen and ink–style shading, full-color fill, and black outline.

The same pattern can be stitched in many ways, from right to left: outline with pen and ink–style shading, full-color fill, and black outline.

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The Summer Fling

Sometimes you just want something quick and easy, but that doesn't mean you don't want it to be beautiful. This simple technique may be fleeting, but it's as lovely as a sunset walk along the beach and a flirty frolic in the waves. Here you'll just follow the outline of the pattern using your favorite stitches.


The pattern looks great just on its own. I stitched it with a stemstitch and splitstitch using all six strands of the floss. This is great for when you want a project done fast because you can easily finish it in one to two days.

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Comments (5)

erika_kern writes: Well. . . I have been accused of being an embroidery machine. Hee hee.
Posted: 11:25 pm on September 24th
Average_Jane_Crafter writes: Wow! I love seeing this pattern done three ways, and I have to say ... I can't pick a favorite. They all look amazing in their own ways. I love the hatching on the high school romance, and the french knot froth on the waves in the last one is too.die.for. :)
Posted: 10:44 pm on September 24th
JenniferStern writes: Holy Cow, I thought you did that by machine...it's so wonderfully perfect. Great Job!
Posted: 9:54 pm on September 24th
erika_kern writes: You're more than welcome!
The only hint I can give you about the satin stitch is tension, close stitches, and patience. Also, though it uses a lot of floss, I like to have the back match the front on my satin stitch because it helps with that all important tension.
Posted: 5:21 pm on September 24th
Ednarb writes: These are absolutely beautiful! I can't believe how smooth and even your satin stitch is. Still can't get mine to come out that nicely. And I'm so excited to see hand-stitched embroidery articles on this site - usually they're all about machine embroidery. These have inspired me to be more daring in my creations - to move up from the Summer Fling to the High School Romance. Thank you for posting these!
Posted: 3:12 pm on September 24th
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