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Tendrils and Forks – Practice Exercises

The last design for continuing the band with circle designs is a little bit edgy. But it is an interesting design and looks pretty embroidered.
The design is transferred to the linen. Using coton à broder No. 16 Coral Knot stitches are worked along the inner line. The tendrils run clockwise, so also embroider the Coral Knot stitches clockwise. (If you do not transfer the design by ironing, your tendrils will run counterclockwise. In this case please embroider also the Coral Knot stitches counterclockwise.)
Please make sure, that the last stitch before reaching a fork is worked somewhat wider than the others. You want to work an offshoot on the
right, so widen the stitch a small step to the right.
All other preparatory work is done per the explanations in the leaves practicing article.
Then the tendrils are worked.
The forks turned out perfectly.

Small Pointed Leaves and Blanket Stitch Eyelets – Practice Exercises

Today I present two more designs for the band with circle designs. Both are suitable for practicing blanket stitch eyelets in combination with small pointed leaves.
The designs are transferred to the linen, and the preparatory work is done per the explanations in the leaves practicing article.
Using coton à broder No. 20, the leaves of a group are worked first,
one after another.
Then the Blanket stitch eyelet is worked.
The embroidery is continued always working the leaves first and then the Blanket stitch eyelet.
In the second design, the first step is to work Coral knots up from the edge to create the stems of the leaves and the Blanket stitch eyelets.
Then the leaves
and the Blanket stitch eyelets are worked.
Both designs look pretty washed, starched, and ironed.

Small Buttons

Buttons are not only functional but also decorative. In fact, often they are used as decoration only.
At my grandchildren´s house, I saw a kit for making fabric buttons, and I experienced the simplicity of making them.
So I got the idea to work buttons with small elements of whitework. White and natural linen was embroidered with tendrils, small leaves, Blanket stitch eyelets, and small hearts. The pieces were cut, washed, starched, and ironed.
With the tools included in the kit, I tried to cover the button.
The linen was laid upside down over the button-making “bowl” and, using the top piece of the button form, pressed into the bowl.
Remaining fabric was folded inwards.
The back of the button form was positioned
and, with the appropriate tool, pressed into the bowl.
The result was sobering. One edge of the button was dented.
The back of the button form was not totally locked into place. The linen was thicker than the original fabric of the kit, so it did not work.
What to do now with all my embroidered linen pieces? I obtained high quality button blanks. They are available in different sizes.
The packages of the smaller button blanks include the tools. Also these button blanks have the advantage that the finished buttons can be secured either by sewing or pinning with small safety pins. In addition, a stencil is included for cutting the fabric to the necessary size.
The button-making “bowl” is transparent; this helps in positioning the embroidery.
With the included pressing tool the back of the button form was easily.
The first button was finished – evenly and smoothly covered.
Now many embroidered buttons wait for their use on waistcoats, bags, sweaters, and . . . the possibilities are endless. Fitted with small safety pins, they are easily moved from one garment to another and removed before laundering.

Blanket Stitch Eyelets – Practice Exercises

The simple Blanket stitch eyelet is a very important element of Schwalm whitework. As shown in the Blanket Stitch Eyelets article, it can be used in many creative ways. Here I present two more designs for the band with circle designs. Both are suitable for practicing blanket stitch eyelets in two different sizes. It is best to start with the larger eyelets.
The designs are transferred to the linen by ironing using a DEKA pencil.
First, the preparatory work is done per the explanations in the leaves practicing article.
Using coton à broder No. 20, the Blanket stitch eyelets are begun by bringing the needle up directly on the outline,
and then always starting from the center, stitches are placed close together one after another.
When the circle is filled, the round is closed by inserting the needle directly under the first loop and sliding the thread to the back.
In this way you get a wonderful round Blanket stitch eyelet.
Both designs look pretty washed, starched, and ironed.

Small Pointed Leaves and Tendrils – Practice Exercises

Combinations of tendrils and small pointed leaves can establish many beautiful patterns. Here I present two designs for continuing the band with circle designs. Both are suitable for practicing small pointed leaves and tendrils.
1_19-2017The designs are transferred to the linen by ironing using a DEKA pencil.
2_19-2017First, the preparatory work is done per the explanations in the leaves practicing article.
Using coton à broder No. 20, the first tendril offshoot is worked up from the tip of the leaf.
3_19-2017After finishing the tendril, the working thread is slid through the stitches on the back to come back to the base, where stitching the leaf is started.
4_19-2017Finishing the leaf, the stitching naturally merges into the second tendril offshoot.
5_19-2017The design looks pretty washed, starched, and ironed.
6_19-2017Preparing to work the second design is the same. Then the tendrils
7_19-2017and the leaf groupings are worked.
8_19-2017When finished you have another nice and quick-to-work practicing piece for small whitework elements.
9_19-2017

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