One of my all time favorite craft books is The Constance Howard Book of Stitches. I find it a never ending inspiration. All of the pictures in the book are in black and white but they show the most creative embroidery stitches and opened me up to the idea of two (or more) color embroidery, which is something I'd never really thought of before.
I made this tutorial to go along with my Sampler Pillows Project Journal, which you can see in the photo above.
If you want to experiment with two color embroidery you can follow along with the charts below. Here are some tips on reading the charts:
- All stitches are worked from the right side of the fabric.
- The odd numbers represent a needle exit point and the even numbers represent the entry point.
- The red numbers represent the first thread color and the brown numbers indicate the second thread color.
If all of this doesn't make much sense try following along with the first stitch below, Basic Weaving, where I explain the steps in full detail. If you need a refresher course on basic embroidery click here.