Saturday, April 22, 2017

My New Book is Finished!! Forever Flowers -- 50 Flowers in Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

--ALMOST finished. It will be on its way to the printer early next week. Watch this space, or my Millefiori Facebook page, or my website, for more details. A fabric print will also be available.  You can also email me for price, postage, etc.

My first book was "My Stamp Collection" -- 50 flower designs from a U.S. Postage Stamp set. I've named this book "Forever Flowers" ... flowers that will last as long as you like, 50 new flower designs. Here's one.
And another:
And another:
My cheering section (Cuthbert, who else!) is sad that I'm finished -- He likes to park on my floss and keep it warm.
But that's OK. More time for him....

Very soon I'll start posting color detail photos for the flowers (you are welcome to copy these blog pages for reference if you like), and explain what I did.
Right now I'm off to rip fabric for fabric prints -- give me a couple of weeks. Stay tuned. This has been SO much fun~~


Saturday, April 1, 2017

LILIES - South of the Border, or North, or East, or West

It all depends on one's color direction/choice. This is my Millefiori design #8006 (details at my website, I've seen it at so often that I thought I'd write about it here, too.

     I named it "South of the Border" and described it as a "lily bouquet" with lacelike chiffon lilies, Amazon asters, fan flower, Argentine weeping lilies, a lollipop lily and the rain lily. 

This is scaevola, or an Australian native also known as the "fan flower" and is usually blue, pink or white.
To make a Brazilian dimensional embroidery version of this flower that attracts butterflies (shown) and repels deer (too big for this design...), I selected the blanket stitch.
To make it 'dimensional', I chose to make the bullion petals with blanket stitch, worked clockwise with our 100% rayon Z-twist floss (manufactured by
It helps to make really 'good' bullions, but in case they don't all work out, I decided to cover the base of the stitches with a cast-on cover-up.
     Here's the short version of what I did, in pictures.
Above: I started with a lazy daisy bullion. The second bullion is anchored into a blanket stitch as shown at the upper right. Sometimes you need to convince these bullions that you and they are on the same page. You can do that by going through the fabric and bringing the needle up in the correct position (especially if you work with a hoop or frame).  That's what I did in the three pictures shown below.

It really works - you just need to convince it that you are running the show and that it will be beautiful and lovely and gorgeous when it's all finished.  See, below?  It's starting to agree with me.

Here's the basic process, and below is the finished flower:
--with any little 'disagreements' covered with the cast-on calyx. Here's a close-up of the finished flower on the design:
It's always fun to play with leaves, too. Here I stitched the leaves with pink veins. Because the green is so dark, there is space between two of the leaves to give them a bit of separation:
This is a detail picture of another of the flowers - the Teacup Flower:
The focal flowers at the top of the design are Chiffon Lilies. At various times, I've stitched them with different colors, or reversed colors:

I used the cast-on pistil stitch to make the stamens (I've described this step-by-step on this blog if you do a search). The petals are drizzles, stitched with a variation of the "Archie" we all know and love.  Remember:  Archie R.A. Drizzle (the Latin: Archiara drizzle)
I have these and a lot of other flowers and dimensional stitch techniques in "My Book of Stitches" (Millefiori #8000) - aka, The Pink Book:
Oh~   And here's the butterfly. When I stitch butterflies, or flowers, or anything, I'm always trying to think of how I can use our B.E. dimensional stitches. This little one, though, is not - I used just simple stitches.  By the way, I like to make a bullion for the butterfly by starting with a fly stitch and using the bullion (body) as a tacking stitch. The wonky eyeballs shown below are French knots (although colonial knots are more dimensional).
And now I think I'll flutter away -- I am working to finish my new book of fifty brand new flowers, "Forever Flowers".  I'll let you know as soon as it's ready, will also post pictures.


Monday, March 27, 2017

A Walk In The Woods ... aka My *soggy* Garden

Vernal Pools.  I learned something new today ...even though I'm in Oregon, I discovered that California has "Vernal Pools" -- temporary little lakes that sprout all sorts of life.  (In the Midwest, we called them "Mud Puddles")

--and then I realized: I have a "vernal pool".  Here it is:
With 7" of rain this month (and 41" since October '16) we have a very pretty "vernal pools" that develop in low spots -- and lookie, lookie -- we even have green slimy stuff around the edges.
I think I will have to add more Nice Dirt here unless I want to stock my 'vernal pool' with little fish.

We did have company the last time this 'vernal pool' formed. The thrush has been splashing around and having lots of birdie fun.

Luckily, the pansies I planted are on "high ground". . .


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dragons and Daffodils

I was wondering where I was for a whole month.  I found me in my garden and found my dragon there, too. First of all, this is the daffodil.
There were two of them blooming in my Oregon garden this morning ... in March, already. I snapped this picture with my trusty camera and didn't have to do any "magic" to it ...well, its aroma is totally magical.
I've just finished editing the second Education Projects book for our Brazilian dimensional embroidery group, BDEIG, Inc. It's going to be a good one - lots and lots of projects to stitch. More on that later.
Here's the little dragon:
He's one of the Brazilian dimensional embroidery "Cutie Pies" from the back cover of my book, Take A Stitch.
Fabric print available, instructions are in the book -- available at my website, A lot of people already have my book; if you'd like the print, send me an email and let me know if you would like a cream or a white print. I'll let you know the cost plus postage and you can do the PayPal or check thing to get it on its way to you.
OK, back to the little dragon. Here are a couple of detail pictures to entertain you. (He's harmless unless you stick yourself with your needle) Here he is napping on his nose (also known as a "detail photo")

And here he rolled over on his back:
Doesn't look very tough now, does he?? 
Oh, wait, he just said "grrr" (or whatever it is that dragons say ...if they say anything):
Looks like he was just at the dentist's, doesn't it?  Grrr.
There were lots of other Cutie Pies. This next one I called a Barnyard Dragon:
...and I think those dimensional stitches we do come in pretty handy.  If you scroll back up, you'll see that I used various animal tracks to separate each of the Cutie Pies (even the edge border).
And then I stitched this little pelican, another of the Cutie Pies. He's just been out fishing - nice he has a place to store his fish.
So now I'll go back to work. By the way, I've been posting on Facebook. I have a Millefiori page there, but there are also a couple of really interesting Brazilian embroidery groups you might like to visit.  
    This is the OTHER daffodil I saw this morning. It's the start of my daily circuit around my garden with my camera. I saw a camellia bud the other day, and the snowbells are blooming everywhere (they think they are weeds, but I don't -- I like them all).  Daffodil ahead:


Monday, February 6, 2017

Garden Party, Wishes and Dreams - Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery Daydreams & Trellises

I was thinking about trellises. So I thought I'd jot a few notes.
     These are a couple of my older Millefiori designs for Brazilian dimensional embroidery. They are also posted on my website, I don't have a lot left, so please email me to be sure they are still in stock.

This first design is #926 "Garden Party". First I did all of the dimensional embroidery with EdMar's 100% rayon floss.
I even stitched that vining rose on the trellis with a new idea - the Continuous Drizzle, and then I did the same with the leaves on the tree at right. This is the climbing rose:
After I made the vines - some green, some pink - I attached them to the trellis - sometimes with the pink color (to add another rose).
It was fun.
      So then, I wondered what would happen if I got a little more creative. I had an 8x10" shadowbox and some beads. I decided to stitch the entire design with anything except rayon floss. Here's a picture.
Lots of bead shops have flower beads. One of my favorite sources is (probably  because they have so many flowers and leaves). I have some 1/8" rayon ribbon floss. It's on spools, so I can pull off 5-6 yards at a time if I want as I'm making a continuous drizzle.

By the way, I do have the tutorial for the Continuous Drizzle available as a pdf file. If you'd like a copy, please email me by clicking on the "Love and Peace Rose" (from my garden). My email addy is also on my website.

Back to the fun~~  The fence back there on the right is made with toothpicks that I painted white with my trusty acrylic paint (also couldn't find any fences at the craft store that were small enough). The background is layered sheer 4" ribbon or other sheer fabrics in 'outdoor' colors, getting darker as the design came closer (depth). Here is a detail photo:
The kitty on the lawn chair is a button. You can see those little rubber duckies peeking out. They are floating on a piece of mirror (to suggest a pond) that I pulled out of an old compact.

Oh - and that trellis. . .   Well I "built" this one from balsa wood and painted it, but since then, I've found you can do an online search for 'doll house trellis' and find all sorts of trellis pieces that would fit perfectly.

Some time later, I had the idea to design a 'companion piece'. This is Millefiori design #969 "Wishes and Dreams". I had ideas for more new flowers, so fit them into this design. In addition, this is another of my "Where's Waldo's" of B.E. - with the kitten, the owl and the bunny, plus a couple of flower fairies.
I love my work~~
     ....oh, yes -- and I have a "Wish" and a "Dream" -- that I could have more time to make even more.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Warty Old Frog (with Flies) and a Four O'Clock

Entertaining myself with my Brazilian dimensional embroidery designs, I stitched a warty old frog - a BLUE warty old frog. He seems happy enough, though - he has 'snacks' floating around his head.
This flower could be anything, but I added the 'fly stitch' tubular part to turn it into a Four O'Clock. The petals are colonial knots and the center of each is a bead.
     These are a few additional designs I'm sharing from my book "An Artist's Garden". The book's pictures are in black and white, so you can save these pictures into your file if you'd like color reference. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

January in An Artist's Garden - Brazilian Embroidery Designs, plus Notes on Couching

January in western Oregon, USA, and there is snow. It's up past my ankles.
It's hugging the trees.
It's even taken over one of my favorite summer stitching spots.
So I move my stitching time indoors. It's time to share more of the Brazilian dimensional embroidery flowers I've published in my book, An Artist's Garden:
You can read more at my website, at "Books by Rosalie Wakefield". Meanwhile, here are a few more pictures in color.
Simple stitches are used to make this pretty Floss Flower (Ageratum) -- straight stitch, buttonhole stitch, and a bead at the center.
These are all small designs, traceable (although there is a pre-printed design with all of the flowers and veggies).
      Speaking of veggies, here's one - an eggplant that makes one ponder the age-old ponderment (I think up new words now and then, too...) "Which came first, the chicken or the eggplant??"
Yes, it's a fairly scrawny chicken, so it is probably saved from the stewpot. It looks better in Brazilian embroidery anyway - the 100% rayon Boucle makes lovely chicken feathers.
This is the English Daisy (Bellis perennis), not too different from the Floss Flower shown above.
I have a note written with the instructions that mentions that white or light flowers will stand out against white background fabric if you surround them with a frame of greenery or fine growth, or change the color of the flowers. 
Brazilian dimensional embroidery has lately removed itself from the fine growth we all used in The Olden Days. Now we tend to direct our attention to the actual flowers. But fine growth (couched Glory in greens with French knot 'field flowers' added. Here's an example:

These pictures are from one of my older Millefiori designs, #921 "Twelve for Tea", featuring floral designs from My LadyFlowers.
There are several methods for stitching fine growth, all described in my most recent book, My Book of Stitches. They are Airy Fairy credited to Virginia Chapman of Floss Flowers Plus, my original Automatic Couching and Brazilian Couching. Stitchers can also add fine growth with feather stitch or fly stitch, or can also try the technique I call "R.M. Couching" (named for B.E. designer Rosie Montague and illustrated in her book, Brazilian Three-Dimensional Embroidery). 
    I used her technique for the pictures shown here.

The difference between Rosie's couching and the Airy Fairy couching is that Airy Fairy starts with a long, long stitch which is then tacked and couched back to the flower with side branches and the addition of French knots. Rosie's couching also starts at the flower, but all stitches are short (about 1" long) and all subsequent stitches, also 1" long, sprout from the sides of the original stitch, building from the flower up and out.
Back in An Artist's Garden, here's the Flower Girl - a design approximately 2" tall. I've mentioned previously that these little designs will apply nicely to crazy quilts, wearable art, needle books, or any other spot where people can stop you and say, "Oooooh, what's that?", and you can proudly answer, "Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery!  Here!  Let me show you how!!"