How to Use One Pattern, Three Ways!

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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 High School Romance

Other times you want a bit more time together. This is the technique of promise rings and hands in back pockets without all the messiness of teenage break-ups and tears. I used the idea of antique-style etching to create this variation of the pattern. Since I was stitching on linen, I used the weave of the fabric to help me keep my lines straight. If the weave of your fabric is tighter (or nonexistent if you're stitching on something like felt) and you're worried about keeping your lines straight, you can use a ruler and a fine-tipped pencil to mark out your shading. Still, I encourage you to stitch freehand, allowing the spirit to move you about where you want your highlights and lowlights. Allow your creativity to run a bit wild!


Here, I stitched the pattern to look like a pen and ink drawing. Using all black floss, I used different strand counts of floss to mimic a fine etching look. The outlines are all done with three strands, the fills with four, and the thin lines on the ship's hull and in the sky with two strands. This project takes a bit more time, about three to five days depending on how much shading you want to do.

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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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