embroidery stitches

This round all but one stitch are centered around the number 2. Double threaded or interlaced, mirrored and simply double - there are many possibilities to arrange the same stitch twice and get beautiful results. The number two plays a major role in embroidery. You go up and down, left and right, it is a steady dance between 2 directions that form the incredible amount of possible stitches. Yesterday, I talked about the 2 methods of hand stitching: Yesterday, I talked about the 2 methods of hand stitching: stabbing and sewing. In the tutorials all stitches are shown with the sewing method. Mainly, because I can show you 2 steps in one photo, which makes it less picture heavy. Showing a stitch in the stabbing method does require double the amount of pictures. Nevertheless, stabbing is a much easier method to get neat stitches with and I highly encourage you to pursue......

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Are you stabbing or sewing?

Are you a stabber? You can admit it, I will not tell anyone. Stabbing your stitches I mean - of course - what were you thinking? I'm not talking about what you do when you hold your needle and someone runs over your embroidery floss storage spilling all your precious threads over the floor and in the delighted paws of your cat. No. I'm talking about the way you use said needle to form your embroidery stitches.

In embroidery like with every other thing on earth, there are multiple ways of achieving something.

The two major ways to embroider look like this: sewing and stabbing embroidery method   The red one on the left is stabbing, the blue on the right is sewing. You see the difference?

Stabbing embroidery method

When you are a stabber, you pull the needle through the fabric every single time.

How to use metallic threads in your embroidery

Currently, metallic threads are all on my mind lately. There are some secret projects in the making that may or may not include some golden stitchery *wink*. The last time I stitched with golden threads for the cross stitch advent calendar pattern, it was a real pain. I used a machine embroidery thread which has a great color, but it's not a dream to work with.

I have heard lots of horror stories starring metallic threads as the main character and it sort of took the enthusiasm out of me to venture in this type of threads further.

But you know, they look so pretty! So I got all of my threads out and made a side-by-side comparison for several stitch types. Here are the results:

From top left clockwise:

  1. DMC light effects E211 (the white/violet one)
  2. the metallic thread that came with a  machine sewing thread set
  3. DMC Diamant D3852
  4. Guetermann......

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stitch lexicon round 20

It's saturday again and this means: new embroidery stitch tutorials. With the crossed fly stitch the fly stitch family now is complete. Have a look! It's crazy to think about that at some point the leicon will be finished and there will be no tutorial-saturdays. *sigh* luckily there is always a stitch to add and yet... Can you relate? When I am right in the middle of a big project it all seems so much, that it's like a task with no end - until you can see it in the distance. The goal you have worked for. And then you have to think of something new - haha- ok it's actually fun to start new things. Now on to the stitches:

The new stitches

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My favorite tools for embroidery and design

Wanna peek over my shoulder and get to know how my workspace looks like? Let's talk about embroidery tools! In embroidery itself, there is not much you actually need to stitch. A needle, thread and something to stitch on. Yet something so simple as that can lead to the possession of many many notions and tools. When you are operating a business around that it's even more that you need to use on a daily basis.

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Let's have a look:

Pimp your embroidery hoop

Embroidery tools

I love to use these two vintage......

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Flower Embroidery Days: satin stitch flower

Last but not least, here comes Mrs. Does-it-all *drumroll*: the satin stitch flower. I have referred to the satin stitch as satan stitch before because it does take some practice to get it perfect and sometimes it's just annoyingly not doing what it should. Nevertheless, the satin stitch technically is one of the easiest stitches! You can use it to cover tiny, small and medium areas and make all kinds of shapes. Satin stitch makes a very smooth and polished looking surface which sets it apart from all the stitches we used in the other parts of the series which have distinct lines to show. satin stitch flower embroidery tutorial satin stitch flower embroidery tutorialsatin stitch flower embroidery tutorial To give your flowers more dimension you can blend in a......

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Flower Embroidery Days: blanket stitch flowers

Blanket stitch is a wonderful stitch for open and large motifs. You can use the blanket stitch to fill areas completely or partially. The smaller the space between stitches, the more of the underground fabric you will cover. Blanket stitch is a very economic stitch, leaving not much thread in the back, but a lot on the front. It works best with rounded shapes, like ovals or circles, but also scalloped edges.

Blanket stitch flower tutorials for you to try

 

Blanket stitch flower tutorialBlanket stitch flower tutorialBlanket stitch for other shapes

You can use the blanket stitch for other shapes, too. Here is a version to create leaves. Blanket stitch works great for bigger shapes. Teeny tiny things are not it's strong suit, so go bigger with them! Blanket stitch leaf tutorial
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Flower Embroidery Days: going 3D

Let's talk about the most fun part of embroidery: Going 3D! Embroidery in itself is much more plastic than pure drawing or painting, but there are stitches and methods to raise this medium to another level.

Woven picot petals

The woven picot petal creates a triangle, that is attached on the long end and the tip is completely disconnected from the fabric. Arrange it in a circle to make beautiful blossoms or side by side for tulips, artichokes, lotus or other flowers with pointy petals. If you want to overlap the petals, make sure to embroider the ones in the back first and then add the layers above.

picot flower tutorial

picot flower tutorial

The tassel flower

There are plenty of flowers in nature which are soft and fuzzy. The tassel flower gives you the means to portrait them properly.......

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Flower Embroidery Days: daisies

Welcome to day 2 of the flower embroidery days! The name lazy daisy already reveals which flower it wants to mimic: the daisy. By altering the stitch length and amount you can create all kinds of long petal flowers! Here are some examples: lazy daisy flower tutorial lazy daisy flower tutoriallazy daisy flower tutorial These kinds of flowers are so fast to whip up - give them a try! You can make really small or large ones, many petals or just three. Leave a gap in the middle (like in the first tutorial) and fill it up with straight stitches or french knots. Mix up long and short stitches or use different colors - this flower makes it so easy to go crazy and try new things out. If......

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lexicon of embroidery stitches - round 19

Let's look at the new stitches in the lexicon! We are now in round 19 - making it 173 stitch tutorials in the lexicon. All 5 are quite uncommon, so get your fabric out and give them a try :) I have written about Otomi before. It is basically a herringbone stitch worked very closely to cover all of the underlying fabric. Otomi is a very thread-saving stitch! Most of the thread is used in the front while in the back you will only see lines of tiny tiny dots. It takes a bit of practice to get used to this stitch, but when you get in full swing it's so fast!

These stitches made it into this round

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