You're all probably itching to finish this block, so let's get started. This post will cover all of Block #1's embroidery embellishments.
You will need:
- Perle cotton, size 12 in colors that match and compliment your wool
- Chenille needle, size #24
- Chalk pencil
- Steam iron
1. Position A1, B1, C1, D1 and E1 on the corresponding flowers.
2. Fuse in place using steam.
3. Flowers D & E
- Use a contrasting thread (I used a variegated blue) to chain stitch a line down the center of each of the petals of D1 and E1.
- Fuse D2, D3, E2 and E3 to flowers D and E.
- Beginning with flower D, use the same color thread that you used to make the chain stitch to stitch a cross stitch over D3 (the smallest flower center).
- Stitch two small tacking stitches over the center of the cross. Stitch another tacking stitch perpendicular to the first two stitches.
- Whip stitch D2 in place.
- Use a contrasting thread (I used a tweed green) to stitch four pairs of straight stitches radiating from the flower center (D3) and ending at the edge of D2.
- Repeat the steps with flower E.
4. Flowers A - C
- Stitch a buttonhole stitch around A1, B1, and C1.
- Position A2, B2, and C2 on each flower and fuse in place using steam.
- Whip stitch in place.
- Stitch five french knots on A2 and C2.
- Stitch three french knots on B2.
- Stitch a modified (no stem) fan stitch on each petal of flowers A-C, using the same thread that was used for the blanket stitch.
5. Leaves 1-4
- Draw the center veins of each leaf with a chalk pencil. Back stitch over the lines using a contrasting thread (I used a green tweed).
- Draw the side veins and stitch a straight stitch over the lines.
6. Leaves 5-7
- Position the leaves on the stems of flowers D and E (use the layout for placement help). Fuse in place using steam.
- Use a contrasting thread to stitch cross stitches down the center seam of each leaf.
- Use the same thread to whip stitch the outside edges of each leaf.
- Position the butterfly wings and body next to flower D (use the layout as your guide). Fuse in place.
- Whip stitch the butterfly body and wings.
- Position the wing spots and fuse in place.
- Whip stitch the spots.
- Draw two chalk circles on the bottom wings.
- Use the same thread used to whip stitch the body to stitch a wheel stitch over the circle.
- Draw the antennae with a chalk pencil.
- Stem stitch over the line using a dark blue or grey thread.
- Stitch a french knot on the end of each antennae.
- Use straight stitches to make stripes on the body (see layout for positioning).
- Draw the path of the butterfly and use a running stitch to stitch over the line.
Voile! The block is complete!