Wooly Wonder Lessons
Introduction to Soaker Embroidery
by Pamela Grossman
This basic lesson walks you through embroidering a simple butterfly or dragonfly using chain stitch and stemmed French knot. We’ll add a cute little flying trail behind it. With this skill, you’ll be able to make simple words like the ones you see below.
You will need:
something to embroider
a few ounces of leftover yarn in contrasting colors
Our Textbooks: Annie's Attic (formerly Stitchguide.com) or Embroiderer’s Guild or any basic embroidery reference book you can get your hands on. **These are links I found online and I can take no credit or responsibility for them!
Read the stitch descriptions for Chain
Stitch and French Knot over at Annie’s Attic
(formerly stitchguide.com). Alternatively, you can look in any embroidery
reference book or website for these well-known stitches.
Chain Stitch: http://www.anniesattic.com/cross-stitch/content.html?content_id=96
French Knot: http://www.anniesattic.com/cross-stitch/content.html?content_id=102
Make a Sketch
You can print yourself out a slice of
this knitter’s graph paper from one of these sites: http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html,
http://www.sweaterscapes.com/grafpap.htm. (**These are links I found online and I can take no credit or responsibility for them!)
Or you can just use some scrap paper.
This is a really simple item we're going for. Try drawing it on your paper.
Can you get the idea? A straight line and a couple of bumps?
We'll add little antennae on too, at the end of the butterfly. Dragonflies apparently have tiny little whisker bumps on top of their heads. Not actually antennae. Feel free to use your artistic license to get the look you want.
If you draw it on the graph paper, you'll get an idea how many stitches you're working over. Otherwise you'll just wing it. (Har har.)
Here's the dragonfly we're working
It came out lopsided but it *still* looks cute.
And you've seen the butterfly. Both start with a row of chain for the body. Did you read the chain stitch lesson? Make sense?
Try a row of chain!
Row of Stitches:
Last stitch in the row:
Give it a try.
butterfly wings you just do more chain stitch around for the wing.
I started about two stitches down from the top of the head, proceeded around to the middle, then did the bottom loop from a spot about 3/4 of the way around the top wing.
For the dragonfly you make four large single chains -- two wings on either side of the body.
Tip: Try to start your needle tip right under the stick body so the wings are connected.
The next step is the antennae, which is a French knot with a stem.
Do you know the French knot?
**These are links I found online and I can take no credit or responsibility for them!
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You may use this design on items that you embellish for sale.
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