More stitching fun!

I’m in Salt Lake City this week (more of that another day) but before I left I finished a series of three embroideries inspired by pottery from New Mexico.

It’s the same design stitched three ways!

The first one is a combination of chain stitch and simple running stitches on a dark grey background.

IMG_6777Here’s a close up. Even running stitch looks great in the bright variegated threads.
IMG_6779I used chain stitch and cross stitch for the next one, on a dark blue background this time.
IMG_6782Making each cross stitch individually really shows off the thread to its best advantage.
IMG_6784I chose a brown background for the third pot and a pale blue thread for the chain stitch, fly stitch, back stitch combination.
IMG_6787Filling in the shapes with chain stitch is a very traditional folk art stitching technique.IMG_6789All the pots were sewn on fabric from Free Spirit which worked very well without a hoop. I used 8 weight hand dyed perle cottons from House of Embroidery for the stitching. Once I finish the embroidery I press from the back with lots of steam which helps the threads sit so nicely on the fabrics.

All three pots will be set side by side in a quilt at some point this year. I think they will be very happy together!

I’ve drawn out some Mayan hieroglyph inspired images for my next project. Even more embroidery fun…


  1. Helen Fox said:

    Love all the pots and the variations.

    May 20, 2016
  2. Jean Schowe said:

    the pots are absolutely beautiful.

    May 20, 2016
  3. Donna said:

    inspires me to do embroidery. I enjoy Mayan art

    May 21, 2016
  4. Katherine said:

    Fantastic! These would look great with other southwest designs. I’m thinking of cacti and roadrunners. When you draw these, what sort of marking tools do you use? I like the Bohin pencil.

    June 28, 2016
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Katherine! I use a ultra fine tip black sharpie on lighter backgrounds and a fine silver one on the very dark ones. They go blunt quickly so a light hand is essential!!

      June 28, 2016

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