Saturday 21 October 2017

Create an Autumn embroidery hoop using fishbone stitch

I love all the Autumnal colours that start to appear at this time of year. I decided to create an Autumn themed embroidery hoop using Fishbone Stitch to represent falling leaves.

falling autumn leaves created using fishbone stitch

Fishbone Stitch is great for creating leaves or feathers. There are lots of tutorials on the internet, I suggest searching youtube for a video to help give you a visual step-by-step guide. If you've never tried this stitch before, practise on some scrap fabric first. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I did...I fell in love with Fishbone Stitch.

I started this hoop by using pencil to sketch onto linen fabric a number of teardrop shapes. These will make up the falling leaves pattern. When stitching Fishbone, I like to also draw a central line down the middle of the teardrop to help guide me. I find this central line helps me to create a neater shape.

autumn leaves embroidery hoop created using fishbone stitch

I drew 12 teardrop shapes in various sizes, but you could add more or less depending on your hoop size. I then selected a number of threads in Autumnal shades, such as mustard yellow, crimson red, warm orange and russet brown. I could then begin to create the Fishbone Stitch.

fishbone embroidery stitch created in crimson red thread

fishbone stitch in mustard yellow DMC thread

I found this was the sort of project I could dip into now and again, adding a leaf or two in the evening once my daughter had gone to bed. Once the Fishbone stage was complete, I added two small backstitches in dark brown thread at the base of each teardrop to create a leaf stalk effect.

creating falling leaves embroidery hoop using fishbone stitch

What do you think?I am really pleased with the way it has turned out.
I've had a great response & lots of lovely comments on this piece over on my Instagram feed...
I think it is a simple but effective hoop to create on these darker evenings.

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