One of these is a bit of an oldie and the other is brand new.
Back when I first got on this board (this is from about a year ago btw) I was totally entranced by this project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289731.0
I loved the ship and wanted to do something similar on a throw pillow for my living room but I was still very new to embroidery and was intimidated by all those lines. So. I looked up a couple ship references and cobbled one together. I hand drew it on my fabric with a chalk pencil and made it up a little as I went. Hm. Sorry about the lack of a middle-ground picture.
Split stitch for most of it (my go-to) and the rigging is long strands of floss essentially couched a bit on the front. Unfortunately, being one of my first projects, the rigging loosened up a bit on the back side and now they're all wobbly from not being tacked down firmly enough. I need to go back in and tighten it up from behind somehow.
Oh well. Love my ship pillow. And my orange chair. ^_^
The second pillow, which I just finished this week. I hate the pillows that came with the couch so this is to cover one of them with something more fun.
Please ignore the looseness on the end. Small pillow construction flaw that will be fixed with a strip of velcro in the flap.
Blatantly inspired by stitch samplers, six strands on cotton fabric.
I hit up NeedlenThread.com and InAMinuteAgo.com for tutorials on new stitches for this pillow. Let's see. I'll try to do this in order.
Chain stitch, detached chain and back stitch, scallop stitch, running stitch, fly stitch, herringbone topped with french knots and detached chain, scroll stitch (ugh, it kept unrolling weird on me), feather stitch, a um t stitch? Don't know if that has a name
, butterfly stitch (too abbreviated I think--i should have done three stitches instead of two but I was trying to add some negative space and open it up visually around there), split stitch again, double chain stitch (loved learning this one!), stacked herringbone with french knots and a bit of cross stitch action, rosette of thorns, running stitch, another cross stitch with back stitches and detached chain, fly (or is fern? whatevs) stitch again and buttonhole wheels which ended up very angular, unfortunately.
I don't have enough turquoise fabric for a matching pillow for the other end of the couch and frankly I don't know if I want to put in the work recreating another one of these. It would probably go faster now that I have practiced these but still.
This took awhile. So I think I'll create something that complements but doesn't match.