|I have traced the design to a white cotton fabric using carbon paper.|
I began to start the embroidery with back stitch. Personally, I felt it will be good to make the girl’s legs, hands and face using this stitch.
The outline stitch was used for the frock as it would give a thicker straight looking flow stitch.
The design on the girl’s frock was apt for a running stitch. Usually, running stitch is good for making strawberry seeds. I used this stitch to even do the glow around the candle light.
All the flower pattern in this design is done in lazy daisy. The girl’s yawning mouth is also done using a single lazy daisy.
Just to demonstrate the stitch, I decided to incorporate this into the candle stand.
I felt the split stitch was apt for the hair as it would give a thicker fuller stitch. I took two strands of the red floss and doubled it, so that the ‘spliting’ is easy.
The best way to fill in dots or small circles is using french knots, which I did on the frock and at the centre of each flower pattern.
Finally, I gave the finishing touch to the girl by making single straight stitches (single running stitch). I made its eyebrows, eyes, knees, and inside of ribbon using single straight stitches.
|Our finished ‘sleepytime girl’ looks like this. Click on the image for a bigger version.|
Note: This design helped me to incorporate all the stitches traditionally used in redwork and bluework helping me to explain this lesson to you. Contemporarily, different kinds of straight stitches can be used to work these embroideries. This free design called ‘sleepytime girls’ has been borrowed from needlecrafter.com.
Tags: embroidery tutorial, french knot, hand embroidery, lazy daisy, outline stitch, penny square, redwork, running stitch, split stitch, stem stitch, straight stitch, turkey red embroidery