satin stitch flower with pistil stitch embroidery tutorial
satin stitch flower with pistil stitch
Satin stitch flowers can come in many variations. Here is an adorable take on this versatile subject.
While satin stitch can be a pain in the you-know-what there are ways to make this stitch easier. If you have trouble getting every stitch neat take a moment to read this article on satin stitching.
Set the outline stitches
For very neat satin stitches it helps a lot to trace the outlines first and stitch over them afterward.
I like to use a back stitch, split back stitch or split stitch. The split back stitch works very great for very tight and small curves like in this case. However, I used a back stitch in this tutorial.
The satin stitches
Now, let’s fill in the blanks with satin stitch. Begin with the smaller shape.
For symmetric shapes like this, I like to begin in the middle and stitch to each side then. In my experience, the shape tends to tilt in one direction if you embroider from one side to the other. Give it a try!
Make sure to set the entry and exit points of each stitch very close to your outlines to avoid a frayed look of your lines.
Then, fill in the second shape in the same manner. This time, you will have to stitch into the exact holes from your previous shape on the inside as there is only the outer outline for you to cover.
The pistil stitches
Pistil stitch is an elongated french knot. Begin at the bottom. Wrap your thread around the needle twice. Then, stitch into the place where your knot should be.
Try to place it so that it is centered in the petal it belongs to.