Have you been practicing your bullion stitch? I finished the embroidered overalls I was working on for little c and have the blackberry vine pattern and tutorial for you! If you're just joining us today, see last Monday's post here.
*something to embroider - I'm using denim bib overalls
*embroidery thread in green, purple, cream, and light yellow
*embroidery needle - if you're embroidering on denim, use a heavier needle than what you're probably used to using
*small pair of pliers if you're using denim - these are useful for pulling the needle through heavy seams, especially if you have achy fingers like me!
Some hints on embroidering denim: Use shorter (about 12 to 14 inches) lengths of thread. After awhile of pulling the thread through the heavy denim it begins to wear and get a big fuzzy, making your stitches look off. I use a heavy needle and a small pair of pliers to stand up to the denim and its heavy seams.
I embroidered these without tracing a pattern onto the overalls. I drew out the patterns I ended up with that you can download or view if you want, or just look at the tutorial and follow the sequence I used. If you want to see patterns, they are here.
1. Using six strands of green, embroider a wandering vine using a stem or outline stitch.
2. Next, add in the leaves using a lazy daisy stitch and six strands of green. Add in spirals and offshoots every so often.
3. Add the flowers, again using a lazy daisy stitch and three strands of cream.
4. Put three french knots in the center of each flower, using two strands of light yellow.
5. Make blackberries using a bullion stitch and 6 strands of purple. I wrapped the needle 4 times for some of the stitches and 3 times for others.
6. Here's the finished side seam:
The finished side pocket:
The front bib pocket:
The back pocket:
And the finished front:
Happy Creating! Deborah