Lolli and Grace One Meaningful Word #6 Stitch Along - Part One
Part one of our first stitch along of the year is here...are you excited? Me too! So let's go...
If you need a reminder about how this all works, or if you want to see the schedule or supply list for this stitch along, click on one of the links below:
Lolli and Grace Stitch Along Info
One Meaningful Word #6 Schedule and Supply List
What We Will Be Doing In Part One
-Transferring the word box and flower to the white fabric
-Stitching the word and the flower
A Note About Choosing A Word
This design is created so that the word is applied separately from the stitching on the hoop. This means that if you don't want to add a word to this hoop, you don't have to - simply stitch the rest of the hoop and leave off the word.
At the bottom of every one of these Stitch Along posts there will be a link for the video tutorial that corresponds to each part. Be sure to watch those all the way through, because there's a lot of great information packed into each video.
Download The PDF Patterns For Part One
Click on the links below to download the word box/flower pattern and the lists of words/phrases. You'll need to print these patterns, making sure that you set your printer to print at 100% for the size. You don't want it to "fit to page" or something similar - they need to be printed at exactly the sizes they are in the PDFs below.
IMPORTANT: For reference, there is a 1-inch box on the page that you can measure to be sure your computer has printed the pattern at the correct size. Please take the time to measure that box before you trace the design onto your fabric.
Also, please do not try to print this pattern from your phone. For some reason that seems to really mess up the sizing. (I have no ideas why that happens.) Printing from a desktop or laptop computer is going to work best. If for some reason you are having trouble getting a correctly-sized print, please contact me and I will make sure you get these files that will work for you.
Flower and Word Box - PDF
Words (Page One) - PDF
Words (Page Two) - PDF
Transferring The Word Box And Flower Pattern
-Stretch the white fabric in the hoop. Print the flower/word box pattern and cut it out on the dotted line. (See above...please measure the circle to make sure it is exactly 7.5 inches across.)
-Place the printed pattern behind your stretched fabric, tape it in place, and hold the hoop up to a bright light or sunny window. Trace the designs onto the fabric with a Frixion erasable gel pen. (Note: There are a few words that require a slightly longer box. If you chose one of those words, trace the longer box, not the shorter box. See the last page of printed words for the longer words. )
***It’s very important to use the Frixion erasable pen for the word box, as this line will not be stitched over. Thus, you will need to have a line that can be removed. (You’ll remove the line later with the heat from a hair dryer.)
-For the word you want to put inside the box, print out the page with your word on it. Cut around your chosen word box, leaving some extra space. Align your chosen word in the box you previously traced onto your fabric, hold the hoop up to a bright light, and trace the word inside the box with the Frixion gel pen.
Stitches Used For Part One
Stitching The Word And Flower
-We will start with the word and flower because the white fabric on which these will be stitched gets removed from the hoop afterwards, so that we can then later stretch the purple fabric in the hoop to stitch the remainder of the design.
-Transfer the flower and word box onto white fabric. It’s very important to use the Frixion gel pen to trace the word box, because that line will not be stitched over. Thus, it needs to be a removable/erasable line. (If you are not adding a word to your hoop you can skip that part and only trace the flower.)
-To stitch the word and flower, you will use the #24 chenille needle (unless indicated otherwise). For the word, stitch over your traced letters with 1 strand of DMC #820 and a split back stitch. Make very small stitches, especially around the tiny curves. At the beginning and the end of your word, make 2-3 more stitches so the line has a slight teardrop shape to it.
-For the flower, begin by using 3 strands of DMC #3844 and a satin stitch to fill in the center of each petal. As you stitch around the shape, angle these stitches towards the center vein as shown.
-Then satin stitch with 3 strands of DMC #820 in a similar fashion to satin stitch the outside edge of the petals.
-Use 3 strands of DMC #917 to chain stitch around the edge of the flower and to fill in the spaces between the petals.
-Use 2 strands of DMC #3846 and a split back stitch for the line down the center of each petal.
How To Create A Cast-On Stitch
Step 1 - Bring needle up at point A.
Step 2 - Insert the needle at point B and back up where the thread exits the fabric (point A), but do not pull the needle all the way through the fabric. Leave a long length of working thread. (For this example a small tube has been placed over the needle to increase the width of the stitch.)
Step 3 - Put your index finger under the thread and hold the remainder of the thread with your other fingers.
Step 4 - Flip your finger over (towards the needle).
Step 5 - Lower your finger and insert the thread through the small triangle of thread that has formed under your fingertip.
Step 6 -Gently pull the thread perpendicular to the needle to tighten the first cast-on stitch.
Step 7 - Continue casting on stitches until you have the desired length. Remove the tube and gently pinch the cast-on stitches with your fingers.
Step 8 - Pull the needle and thread through the wraps, first pulling straight up (towards the ceiling) and then pulling towards your body (parallel to the fabric).
Step 9 - Continue pulling the thread towards you until the stitch is flat against the fabric.
Step 10 - Insert the needle back into the fabric at point B.
-Using a milliners needle (where the eye of the needle is the same width as the shaft) is extremely helpful when making cast-on stitches. Otherwise, it can sometimes be difficult to pull the needle through multiple wraps (especially if you did not use the small tube and the stitches are only wrapped around the needle).
-If you want a cast-on stitch that lays flat, cast on enough times to fit inside the stitch length space. If you want a cast-on stitch that is curved, cast on enough times so the length is LONGER than the indicated stitch length.
-This is a stitch that requires a bit of practice, so don’t get discouraged if your first stitches don’t look quite the way you want them to look. Don't give up!
Stitching The Center Of The Flower
-For the center of the flower, start with a partial line of overlapping cast-on stitches with 3 strands of DMC #704 directly under the small oval in the center. Use the milliners needle for all cast-on stitches on the flower. Do NOT use the small tube as shown in the photos on page 4 - just make your wraps/loops directly onto the milliners needle.
-With 3 strands of DMC #906, stitch a complete ring of cast-on stitches next to the previous partial line of stitches and close to the center small oval.
-Stitch a ring of cast-on stitches with 3 strands of DMC #700 around the ring you just stitched.
-Now stitch the outside ring of cast-on stitches with 3 strands of DMC #3818.
-Fill the small center oval with French knots, using DMC #3607 and DMC #915 (3 strands for each). Wrap the needle 2 times for each knot.
-Using the #10 short beading needle, sew bugle beads under the edge of the cast-on stitches with a seed bead on one end.
-Take the white fabric out of the hoop and put it aside for now. (Keeping it in a plastic bag is a good idea so it doesn’t get dusty.)
Click below to view the video tutorial for Part One.
Hello! Did you use the hollow cotton swab tube for the flower center at all? Or only in the tutorial? Thank you!