Category: Embroidery


7 days of stitches: chain stitch

Number 3 in this series of 7 basic embroidery stitches is the CHAIN STITCH. This stitch can be used as a line stitch or to fill whole areas with embroidery. You can substitute back stitch with chain stitch in most line stitching patterns easily.

Here is how it works

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1 // Stick the needle in the same hole where the thread comes out and pull it up at one stitch length. Wrap the thread around the point of the needle and pull the needle out.

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2 // Repeat sticking the needle in where your thread comes out, pulling through the fabric from underneath, wrapping the yarn around the needle and pulling the needle out. To secure the last stitch stick the needle behind the loop of the last stitch.

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7 days of stitches: stem stitch

On to stitch 3 of the 7 days of stitches series: the STEM STITCH. Stem stitch is an elegant line stitch that resembles a rope. The slanting segments make this stitch blend the single stitches into a smoother line than the more distinct segments of back stitch or chain stitch.

This is how it's done

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1 // Stick the needle into the fabric at one stitch length and pull it up at half the length of the same stitch.

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2 // Repeat to stick the needle into the fabric at one stitches length and pull it up where your last stitch ends.

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// The stem stitch looks like backstitch on the backside.

 

Stem stitch is often used to support other stitches which makes it......

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7 days of stitches: back stitch

It's day 2 of the 7 days of stitches and it's going to be a back and forth. Yeah, I know, bad joke. Of course it's about the BACK STITCH. Back stitch is probably the most popular stitch with folks new to embroidery. It's neat and versatile and you can stitch your way through all the outline embroidery patterns out there.

This is how it goes

back stitch - 7 days of stitches

1 // Stick the needle in the fabric one stitch length on the right where the thread comes out of the fabric. Then pull the needle through the fabric one stitch length on the left where the thread comes out of the fabric.

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2 // Repeat stitching in the hole on the right already made by the stitch before and......

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7 days of stitches: running stitch

Let's start with the first of basic stitches for this week! The RUNNING STITCH probably is the most simple and basic embroidery stitch. Yet you can achieve the most intriguing patterns or minimalistic line stitchings.

Here is how it works

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// For the running stitch, you go over and under the fabric in one line.

 

Embroidery techniques using running stitches as their basic stitch are Sashiko and pattern darning.

Sashiko is a technique from Japan traditionally using indigo blue and white for thread and fabric. Geometric patterns are embroidered with running stitch following some basic rules for edging and center. Sashiko is often reversible. Pattern darning is a technique used all over the world. The pattern is created with running stitches over the whole length of the pattern row for row. You can see an example in the top......

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7 days of stitches: 7 basic embroidery stitches you need to learn

When I first started embroidery I wanted to try it all out. There were so many stitches to learn and soon a found myself in a situation where it was just to much to remember. After all what is the purpose of learning a new skill when you forget about it instantly? Back then it helped me to focus on the basic embroidery stitches and actually use them a couple of times before jumping to the next stitch. I know it is hard to pick a starting point, but I have pinpointed the 7 most basic embroidery stitches for you. I selected them out of hundreds of stitches and they are the most versatile ones that will help you get started with embroidery. Originally, I wanted to narrow it down to 5 stitches first, but the sheer amount of great stitches made it so difficult to choose! I use all 7 stitches......

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Tutorial: embroidery folder

I confess: I sometimes often embroider things without a clue what to do with it afterwards. Additionally I have lots of embroidery I created for patterns but obviously I don't hang them ALL on the walls at home.  It happened to me in the past, that I found a carefully stitched piece somewhere totally wrinkled up because most embroideries I make are square and not rectangular so nothing fits into the usual paper filing things. So where should I store all of the embroidery without getting it wrinkled and lost? Some storage device is needed here! A while ago (like 12 years ago...) I made a lot of drawings in larger format and had the same problem with my paper storage. I sew my own folder to hold the quantities of the many formats I was using. Looking at this folder I realized: that's exactly what I need for embroidery,......

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embroidery materials - the basics

Choosing the right materials can be very overwhelming, especially when you are new to embroidery. There is so much to choose from and it's getting more and more complicated the more you research. Does that sound familiar? There is no one thing fits all thing, but there are several standard things you can lean on for the beginning and go from there when you have more specific projects in your mind.

Let's take a look at the 4 major embroidery materials you'll need

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1. The Fabric

There is not THE fabric for everything. So the answer for which fabric to choose is very much depending on your project. However, there are some rules of thumb: The smaller and finer your project is, the finer your fabric should be. There are exceptions though, for example, there are small scale cross stitch designs with a looser weave. For cross......

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