Skinny Fish and a new stitch

This one's a bit of an embroidery sampler, with 22 different surface embroidery stitches - including one new to me that I've not used in a pattern before.


Skinny Fish uses quite a few of DMC's new thread colours, from eggplant to alizarin to apple green. The lighter, brighter greens among these new colours are particularly nice to work with as there aren't actually all that many vibrant greens in the DMC range, so a few new ones have been a welcome addition to my floss box.

The design offered a good opportunity to play around with different stitches. It's a small thing, but changing the size of the fly stitches in a row, from big to small to big to small again and so on down the row, gives a really nice effect. I flipped a blanket stitch variation upside down, basically doing it as a left-handed embroiderer would, and so that was an interesting experiment. And then there's a new stitch in there as well: fly stitch filling.


Technically, I used a variation of fly stitch filling. The traditional and variation are new to me, so not included in 120 Embroidery Stitches (I can see the need for a follow-up stitch ebook already...). So the instructions for that one are included in the pattern.

The Skinny Fish PDF pattern is available as an instant download from Etsy and Craftsy. It's a fun project that doesn't take all that long to embroider, especially if you split the fish up and do just one at a time. And it works really well as a sampler with all the different stitches used, if you're keen to add some new ones to your stitch arsenal.