the basic idea of this design, a radiating heart, has been showing up in my mind’s eye for a while now. once i sat down to sketch it out, i ended up adding some flowers and vines (of course), and then the starry eye seemed like a perfect fit for the center.
these elements - eyes, hearts, flowers - are ones that i use a lot in my work, so this design feels familiar to me, but also sort of new, and fun!
i started with the simplest part to give myself a warm-up: the border, made with [straight stitches/2 strands of floss].
and after that:
▪ gray stars [star/2]
▪ eye outline [back/2]
▪ eyelashes [straight/2]
for these golden sprouts, i'm using [lazy daisy/2].
next up, i added some purple accents to the gray stars, and also stitched the purple stars, using [star/2] for both.
the purple flower petals are stitched with [satin/2] and i've oriented the stitches widthwise across each petal.
and for the flower center, i used [split/2] to fill the shape.
moving on to the blue floss, i chose back, brick, and star stitches for the eye [2 strands] and [brick/2] for part of the heart.
the flower petals are [satin/2] with red colonial knots for the center.
and those little stamen-shaped things are [back/2] with [satin/2] dots on top.
i'm satin stitching these scallops and really loving how this hoop is turning out! i'm using my standard 2 strands again here, for the satin and for the colonial knots.
fishbone stitch makes such a beautiful fill for leaves.
i used 2 strands of the green floss, and then stitched the stems with back stitch, and the small leaves with satin stitch.
and that's a wrap for this lovely 'envision' hoop!
hi erin! i used satin stitch (non padded) for mine.
I’m new to Stitch Club this month and loving it! Did you use padded satin stitch for the flower petals?
hi stephanie! great question. i like a size 7 embroidery needle for almost all of my stitching.
i’ve written more about selecting needles if you’d like to check out my FAQ page!
Is there a specific size needle to use?
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