But seeing as how it's the Fourth of July, I'm guessing a lot of our readers have barbecues and fireworks to attend to when they're done here, so let's jump right in.
A bit of irony for your independence day: we're going to learn the crown stitch! As we've mostly been trying our hand at band and border stitches, this should be a nice change. The crown stitch is a isolated stitch that can also be used as a fill stitch when done together. It's pretty and as a bonus, super easy!
You can work this on plain or even weave fabric. It looks really lovely on linen with thin, delicate threads, but for today's lesson we'll stick with my standard cotton/stranded floss combo.
The base of the crown stitch is made up of three straight stitches. Start by making your first straight stitch in the middle of where you want your crown. Then, make one more stitch on each side at an angle, using the same hole as the top of your first stitch. Make your side stitches just a little shorter than the middle.
I hope you enjoyed learning the crown stitch! How would you use this stitch in an embroidery project? Be sure to share some examples in the Feeling Stitchy Flickr pool, and enjoy your holiday!