A simple small heart design was ironed on to Weddigen linen, 13.5/cm thread count. Coton à broder was used in the following weights for the specific stitches: No. 16 for Coral Knot stitches, No. 20 for Blanket stitches, No. 30 for Chain stitches and the Cable stitch grid. Using Coton à broder No. 20 the shape was filled with pattern “442”. After finishing, the embroidered piece was washed (boiled), starched and ironed.
Then the heart was cut from the linen.
A small and sharp embroidery scissors is needed. You will be cutting out the motif with the front side facing you. So that one gets a nice clean edge without damaging the embroidery, the blades of the scissors should not be held vertically. Instead, the lower blade should be held at a slight angle to the embroidery. Slowly and carefully, fabric thread after fabric thread is cut directly along the embroidered stitches without damaging them.
Because the loops of the Blanket stitches extend a little bit past their backside stitches, the linen can
be cut directly below the loops. So the embroidered piece can be cut neatly.
I obtained some hearts made from slate (such hearts are currently available in many stores). Using a special re-movable tape for textiles, I fixed the embroidery on to the slate-hearts and decorated the finished pieces.
The Openwork pattern is especially effective on the dark ground.
I worked some more of such hearts – with different filling patterns.
In groups – vertical or horizontal lines, or staggered – they are effectively decorative.