Three Ways to Embroider Sea Grasses

Exploring the different colors and textures of sea grasses is half the fun of snorkeling. Fish dart in and out of vision range, not letting you get too close. The plant life, however, is another matter. It’s usually easy to get a close look at them. They come in a variety of colors and shapes. They dance in the current with graceful rhythms. They are pretty to look at. They also make good embroidery subjects.

It’s fun to use some different stitches to portray sea grass. I’ve got three examples here. Next post, I’ll show four stitches to use for other types of underwater plants.

1.  Threaded running stitch

This is really simple. The running stitch in my example is a deep red violet. I’ve got a variety of novelty yarns threaded, double threaded, and triple threaded through the stitches. The yarns are pulled through to the back at the bottom and knotted. They  are loose, but tacked down, at the top end.

DSCN29562.  Couching

If threaded running stitch is simple, this one is super simple.  Couching involves laying decorative thread on the fabric and stitching it down with tiny stitches to hold it in place. The decorative threads I’ve used in this blue and green grass clump are thrums. Don’t know what those are? Neither did I when I first saw them. Thrums are the leftover ends of the warp threads after a weaving is cut off the loom! I get the most unusual little tidbits when I go to the Houston Quilt Festival!

DSCN29643.  Knotted buttonhole stitch

When done up in a variegated pearl cotton, this is quite pretty. For an organic, grassy look, the stitches are all uneven in size and placement. I’ve clumped up the legs of the stitch and even crossed over some of them.

DSCN2996These are just a few of the many stitches that would make suitable sea grasses. What stitches have you used?


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3 Responses to Three Ways to Embroider Sea Grasses

  1. Feather stitch, maybe. Long straight stitches in silk ribbon with a half a twist…?

  2. nita says:

    and yours are all beautiful!

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