I had taken more pictures, but I guess not all of them were uploaded for some reason, but I'll work with that I've got.
People have been commenting on my Facebook pictures of some of my embroidery that they think it's really pretty and that I'm talented. While I appreciate this, because (1) I think they're pretty, too and (2) I work really hard at getting better and better at my embroidery and it's gratifying to know that people notice (thanks bunches!!) I also think more people can get the results I'm getting. No, really!
I think the results I'm getting are totally doable by most amateur embroiderers because there really aren't any complicated stitches in the pieces people are commenting on. Lazy Daisies, French Knots, Buttonhole Stitch, Chain Stitch....I think that's it! Hop on over to Mary Corbett's Needle'NThread where she has tons of tutorials to show you all this stuff. I do have one trick of my own to share.
That, folks, is the key.
I put a lazy daisy inside the Light Effects and a straight stitch inside the blue lazy daisies. This works better on somewhat larger flowers. If you try it on something too small, the center gets too jumbled up and its a mess and it's hard to push the needle through near the end of that last go round.
You could try making the Light Effects the last round, but I really think it's nice peeking out from the middle. I tried it on the outside and didn't like it nearly as much. I've yet to try it as the first layer, that might be interesting.
I don't always use the Light Effects as the second layer. A second layer of something that coordinates works well.
I did get a set of the whole Coloris line, and I'll be looking those over and blogging about that as well in the not to distant future.
In the meantime, Happy Stitching!