Fritillary & Dragonfly epattern, a One Simple Stitch embroidery design by Helen M Stevens
The enchanting chequerboard pattern of the fritillary and the spectacular honeycombed wing of the Emperor dragonfly incorporate two techniques which were pioneered by Helen and have become popular features of her live masterclasses: needleweaving (laddering), and honeycomb stitch. They are explained in this beautiful study, embroidered in Helen’s One Simple Stitch method.
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Helen M Stevens writes:
When I first created the designs for my One Simple Stitch ebook and charted them for use with the unique Directional Diagrams which have become synonymous with my method of describing my techniques, I had no idea whether the concept would be popular. It seemed a natural progression to develop my ‘live’ class methods into a way of teaching online, but would it work?
The answer has been a resounding ‘Yes’ and I have had so many requests to produce more of the same that I have created this new series of epatterns, charted in the same way. Ranging from relatively simple designs to more complex projects, I have given each an ‘Experience Level’ of 1–3, so that those who are a little less confident can begin at level 1, and then work their way through the other levels.
I recommend that you have on hand my ebook with video One Simple Stitch to check up on techniques. See also my videos on the Vivebooks Youtube channel: my personal video introduction to these epatterns plus demonstrations of several new stitches such as honeycomb stitch (Part 1 and Part 2) and laddering/needleweaving.
Each of these epatterns is typical of my own style of artwork, and I have, of course, worked each one myself, so that you can refer to the finished picture for all the details and character of your chosen piece.
From simple floral studies to magnificent wild animals, this series of designs captures the spirit of embroidery which I have, over the last 35 years, always tried to emphasise: the flexibility, beauty and, indeed, excitement of being able to recreate nature in just ‘One Simple Stitch’.