Yellow floche a broder: a spot of sunshine

Yesterday I spent a very happy afternoon stitching in my studio by sunlight. Spring really has arrived and with it longer, sunnier days. Working on the Floral Bed Cover project (that’s what I’ve decided to call it since that was the original use for the design) is a perfect match for the spring weather.

Each of the flowers will be stitched using multiple shades of one color. I plan to use long and short shading, french knots, chain stitch, fly stitch and satin stitch for this project and may use other stitches depending on how things look as I work.

The first flower I’m stitching is a yellow Marguerite daisy. Each of the petals is satin stitched with short, slightly angled stitches.

I’m using 4 different shades of floche a broder yellow from Hedgehog Handworks: 726, 727, 744, 743. Neighboring petals are never the same shade of yellow. I’ve a bit more to do, but so far the effect is just what I was aiming for.

I still find satin stitch to be the least forgiving stitch. Every single little misplacement of the needle or slight twist of the thread prevents the satin stitch from looking as smooth as I want it to look. Practice, practice, practice is what it takes, but until then, what helps is the laying tool my father made for me.

The purpose of a laying tool in this case is to smooth out any twist in the floche a broder so that it lies flat. Twisted thread makes the satin stitch look ‘bumpy’. Here’s a photo of me using the laying tool to smooth the thread after the needle has come up from the back. I run the laying tool along the length of the thread to smooth it out before putting through to the back and finishing the stitch. It takes a little longer but it seems to help me achieve results that are closer to what I want.

One other thing that makes it (for me) very difficult to make a perfect satin stitch is the weave of the fabric. Sometimes I cannot get my needle to go exactly where I want it to go and the line on the edge is less than perfectly smooth. This is one thing I’m going to ask for help with at my RSN course this summer.

My dream is to be able to stitch a perfectly smooth and even satin stitch every time.

One other happy note this weekend: we went to the garden center and got a few plants to put in our planters on the balcony and one of them is a white Marguerite daisy! Happy spring to each of you and enjoy stitching in the sunshine if you get the chance!


5 thoughts on “Yellow floche a broder: a spot of sunshine

  1. As always your stitching looks beautiful.

    Please find below a tip I was given.

    Satin Stitch – Make sure your first stitch on your shape is at a 45 angle in the middle of your shape. Working the right of the shape work stitches from bottom to top and the left side of the shape work from top to bottom. Work almost below your stitch on the inside of the curve and progressing slightly on the outside of the curve. By working this method you can keep the direction of the stitch at the correct angle

  2. And happy spring to you, too.

    The different shades of yellow is very effective. Could you use a tighter weave fabric behind your linen such as calico/muslin. My satin stitch is gradually improving. One thing I still tend to do, though not as much as I used to, is crowd the stitches. This makes the stitches buckle rather than lay flat and even. I’ve been struggling with long and short stitch recently. My dream is to be able to stitch a perfectly smooth and beautifully blended LSS! I wish I could go to the RSN this summer to learn 🙂

    Your daisy is as bright and cheery as the Marguerites!

    • Hi Debbie and Coral-seas,
      Thanks for the tips!
      The 45 degree angle and working from the middle out in both directions I do but it still doesn’t always work as well as I’d like. It’s a great tip Debbie and , when I was a beginner, I worked from one end to the other and that was a disaster! I have the feeling I’m crowding my stitches as coral seas suggested.
      When I’m working tonight I’ll keep both these tips in mind and see if it improves.
      Liebe Gruße,

  3. Satin stitch is a complete pig to get right, and I’ve never understood why it figures so often in pieces for beginners – it seems calculated to put them off!

    Looking at the photos, you may well be crowding your stitches, but it’s hard to be sure. I know some fabrics seem to make the stitching more difficult than it need be..

  4. Hi Kathy.
    Your fabric will definitely play a huge part in getting your edges neat. I always work on cotton sateen, or a fine linen twill- basically any really close weave natural fabric. It also helps to outline your shapes in split stitch – more work, but worth it.
    Another tip is not to work the petals in order around the shape, but to work the recessed petals first then progress to those that are at the front. This helps give depth.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing your progress on this piece.

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