3 Embroidery Stitches to Embellish Your Next Crochet Project

I love just about everything designer Brenda K. B. Anderson makes; I could probably fan girl over her work all day, to be honest. She has this delightful way of adding a touch of magical whimsy to all her projects, and I really can’t get enough. So you can imagine how delighted I was to spot the Flourishing Purse and Sumptuous Sandals in the Spring 2018 issue of Interweave Crochet.

embroidered embellishments

embroidered embellishments

This lovely little matching bag and shoe combo is embellished with beautiful floral embroidery, and if you are a knitter as well, these embroideries might look faintly familiar to you.

embroidered embellishments

That’s right, the embroidery from Brenda’s Loretta Mitts pattern is made in the same way as those on the Flourishing Purse and Sumptuous Sandals.

Without getting too deep into Brenda’s exact method of embroidering on crocheted and knitted garments (she does a great job of explaining that herself in her post “Fancy Fabric: Adding Easy Embroidery to Knitting“), I do want to point out the real genius of her method. Brenda discovered that she could alleviate most of the woes that come with embroidering on crocheted fabric by embroidering her motifs using a separate fabric substrate (in this case floral lace) to help moderate her tension.

embroidered embellishments

Using Brenda’s method, here are 3 embroidery stitches you can use to make your very own Flourishing Purse and Sumptuous Sandals set.

embroidered embellishments

1. Backstitch

Backstitch is a great way to outline your embroidery and can add definition to areas of color. Work a backstitch by bringing up stitches from front to back while working forward along a line.

2. Satin Stitch

Satin stitch is the traditional way to fill in areas of color in embroidery and is the method that Brenda uses for the Sumptuous Sandals and Flourishing Purse. Work closely spaced straight stitches in graduated lengths, filling in the desired area.

3. Brick Stitch

Also known as the long-and-short stitch, the brick stitch is a personal favorite of mine. Working similarly as you would to a satin stitch, work closely spaced stitches along a desired space, but instead of making the stitches the same length as you would in satin, alternate your stitch lengths from long to short. This creates a brick-like appearance in your stitches and is ideal for filling in larger areas of color.

Brenda’s genius method opens up a whole world of embroidered embellishment possibilities in your crocheting. Will you be embroidering for you next crochet project? Let me know in the comments below, and check out Brenda’s designs in the latest issue of Interweave Crochet!

Happy stitching!

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