cozyblue stitch club :: june 2017

here's my june lagoon, the june stitch club pattern, all stitched and finished and framed up!
and if you want to stitch it too, you can find the PDF pattern here.

i'm really happy with this one, especially since i didn't really have a clear idea going into this one about how i wanted to stitch it. i often have certain stitches in mind when i create my patterns, but many times i will just figure things out as i go. i think about how the different stitches will look when they're done, how heavy i want the lines to be, whether the shapes will be filled or left as linework... there are a lot of variables.

and sometimes just a small change -- or a single strand of floss -- can make a big difference.
here's an example:

at first, i outlined one of the blue corals with 3 rows of back stitch, using 3 strands of floss. (the lower one here, in this photo). but once it was done, i thought that it looked a little too thick, too heavy in conjunction with the rest of the shapes around it.

so on the other coral piece I used 2 strands, and 3 rows again, and i liked it so much better! it is still a nice, bold outline, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the stitching.

and for the purple spikey things, i added a tiny straight stitch to the end of each spike, using a single strand of red floss. again, a very tiny detail; but i feel like it adds a lot to the design.

so what do you think? can you spot the difference? it certainly wouldn't make or break this design if i hadn't added those details. but i really love the tiny details and i think they add so much character.

i find that taking the time (when i have it) to go back and un-broider and then re-stitch the weird parts makes me so much more satisfied with the end result. and while of course embroidery is not JUST about the end result, i do like it when all of my time and effort results in something that i am 100% happy with.