Do you ever get going in so many directions that you forget what's next - or what you have done? That's me! I finished writing the tips and directions for Block 7 of Solstice Dream a few weeks ago and forgot to post it. Only when I sat down at the computer to write Block 8 did I notice. Well, here goes.....Block 7 quickly followed by Block 8 and then a new pattern and kit.
Let me start by reminding you that the page numbers listed for each stitch refer to the Right (or Left) Handed Embroiderer's Companion available for $29.00 in my Etsy shop Here.
Begin this block at the top with a #1 Milliners needle threaded with Sea Grass and Back Stitch (page 10) around the outside of the dark pink flower, close to the edge.
Sea Grass Tips:
- Keep the Sea Grass flat by either ironing it or running it through Thread Heaven a few times. We want the fiber to lay flat.
- If necessary, use the needle to smooth out the thread by running it underneath the stitch.
- Make the back stitches a bit longer than with other threads and don't pull too tight.
Outline the light pink flower center with individual Fly Stitch (page 91) using Silken Pearl #5 in a #24 Chenille needle. With Pearl Cotton #8 and the Chenille needle, stitch a Detached Chain Stitch (page 46) inside each Fly.
Following the instructions in previous posts, stitch a bee on the light pink flower center.
Flower Base and Stem
Thread a Chenille #24 needle with Pearl Cotton 8 and Chain Stitch (page 43) along the outside edge of the flower base and 2 rows inside the stem.
Tip: Don't make the stitches too large - see photo above.Leaves:
With a Chenille #24 needle and Pearl Cotton 8, begin at the outside tip of the leaf and Feathered Chain Stitch down to the stem-end of the leaf. The instructions in the book for this stitch are for a perfectly straight line and proceed in a direction that makes it difficult for me to visualize. Instead, I have created a short video that I think makes it easier - and we all love easy. Just click here: Video instructions.
Inside each Chain Stitch use Silken Pearl #5 and make a Straight Stitch.
Outline each leaf with Back Stitch (page 10) using a Chenille #24 and Pearl Cotton #8.
Along the top of the flower base are 8 Woven Picot (page 158) petals using Silken Pearl #5.
Woven Picot Tips:
- Using a #1 Milliners needle makes the weaving easier.
- As you bring the center thread up to wrap around the pin before weaving, pull the thread as tight as you can around the pin so you don't end up with a loop at the pointed end of the picot.
- Weave with the "eye" end of the needle so you don't catch the fabric underneath.
- Don't hurry. Pull each weaving thread "slowly". It's important not to pull the weaving stitches too tight. Keep the triangular shape - we don't want picots with waistlines.
- After each row of weaving use the eye end of the needle to gently push the threads down tight against the previous row.
- As the weaving gets close to the wide end of the picot it will be easier to weave if you remove the pin.
- When the picot is finished, give it a little curl around your finger to give it some dimension.
Another beautiful block finished.
Wondering how to keep all your Solstice Dream threads organized?
Here's a sneak peek of the Big Bloom Satchel, perfect for threads, needles, etc. and kits will be available in my Etsy shop soon. Watch here and on our Facebook Stitch Along Group for the announcement. I'm just waiting to receive 1 more thread to complete the kits.