This branch pattern is enlarged and angled around a corner to suit the pillow's shape, then sewn with a stem stitch. The stem stitch offers a stronger profile than a backstitch. Clusters of beads add pretty detailing.
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- DMC perle cotton #5, 1 skein #3042
- Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads #02085
- DMC Linea Needles #22
- Beading needle
- Solid-color pillow
- Pick a pattern you love. Apply your creativity to a standard pattern to stitch a one-of-a-kind look. For example, enlarge a pattern and use it in the center of a pillow; reduce it and use a small portion on the edge of a sheet. Consider using just three leaves and a branch on the edge of a napkin.
- Start with easy stitches. We used a stem stitch in this project, which is easy to learn.
- Keep materials in mind. Fabrics such as cotton, wool, or wool blends provide the perfect canvas for the DMC perle cotton used on these projects. The extra thickness of the perle cotton highlights the simple lines of the designs.