Category: Embroidery

the stitch-lexicon

In my head formed a slightly monumental project lately - one which will take me a while to finish if one could ever finish. With mammoth sized projects like this I try to overthink every step before going to action so I would not have to do things twice in the end. The problem there often is, that the project becomes more and more undoable the more it grows in my head. This project now is no exception, but because it's something I hold dear to my heart I decided to stop thinking and just start doing so it can grow as it wants. So what is it all about? I've been learning and researching all things embroidery for some time now and I'm so impressed how endless the possibilities seem to be to attach a thread to a surface - isn't it crazy? I have a really good stiching book......

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DIY: embroidered mini pouches

A while ago I got my hands on a sheet of beautifully woven cotton fabric. I wanted to do something embroidered with it, because the woven structure was simple yet interesting enough to take a closer look. I ended up cutting it into pieces of roughly 15x10cm/6x4inch then embroidered some simple motifs on it. sticksack1 To turn it into a pouch sew together the sides and bottom but leave 2,5cm/1inch open at the top of the side seams. Fold these towards the middle and stitch it in place. Then fold the top of the pouch twice and sew it at the bottom line of the fold. This makes a tunnel for the drwastring you then add. sticksack2 sticksack3 I use mine for various herbs from the garden and the meadows. I......

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tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 5

Variation 5

This variation is actually a combination of 2 Herringbone stitch rows. The smaller stitch is stitched in a contrast color and half the thickness of the bigger row. You can use the same thickness of thread for both rows, though. herringbone stitch variation 5 The smaller row of herringbone stitches lays in line with the crosses of the previous row. herringvarc

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tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 4

Variation 4

For this version you wrap the previous stitch before making the next one. I would call this stitch wrapped herringbone, probably there is a real name out there. If you know the real name be so kind and put it in the comments. herringbone stitch variation 4 Put the needle from right to left under the previous stitch. Pull through. herringbone stitch variation 4 Make the next herringbone stitch as usual. herringbone stitch variation 4 Put the needle under the previous stitch from right to left. Pull through and make the next stitch as usual.

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Tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 3

herringbone stitch variation 3

Variation 3

For this variation, you embroider three herringbone stitches over another. You start with a taller than wide herringbone stitch. herringbone stitch variation 3 Begin the 2nd row a little bit more inwards than the previous row. Continue to stitch a little bit below/above the previous stitch. herringbone stitch variation 3 Stitch the 3rd row even smaller than the middle row. herringbone stitch variation 3 three colored and uni You can do this stitch variation in one color, too, or stitch the two outer rows in one color and the middle one on a contrast color. Achieve an ombre effect by choosing a lighter and darker hue of the main color. The color......

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Tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 2


Variation 2

This stitch starts with a simple row of herringbone stitch. It should not be too small in scale, because the bars over the stitches can cover up the effect if the thread is too thick in comparison to the whole stitch. Try and test if you want to use a slimmer thread (e.g. 2 instead of 3 strands). I found the thread in my tutorial  almost too thick and think I should have used 2 strands instead, when I look at the pictures now. herringbone stitch variation 3 After the first row of stitches start to make a line of running stitches at the point where the upper cross meets. After finishing the row, you stitch over the bottom crosses, too. herringbone stitch variation
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Tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 1

herringbone stitch variation 2

Variation 1

This variation creates a textured stitch pattern like a woven basket. herringbone stitch variation 2 The second row of stitches begins a little bit under half the length of the first row. The "heads" of the stitches are placed in the gap between the legs and the heads of the previous row. herringvar2b Above you can see the difference between the stitch done in one direction and changed directions. For the left version I stitched every uneven row from right to left, instead of left to right like the uneven rows. The right version is worked left to right in every row.

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The Herringbone stitch days

Right at the beginning of my embroidery learning journey several years ago I made a herringbone stitch sampler with herringbone variations I found in an old stitch booklet.

This sampler became my default sampler for herringbone stitches and I took a lot of inspiration from it. herringbone stitch sampler the original sampler During the next 5 days I will present you 5 tutorials for exciting variations of this wonderfully versatile stitch. All of them are simple to stitch and each one looks completely different.

Here are the variations (posting between dec 4th-8th)


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The Hoop Talk: All about size

Embroidery hoops come in various sizes. As a beginner and even later on it is likely you'll end up using the same embroidery hoop size over and over again. These sizes vary from person to person. It depends on how comfortable you can hold the hoop while stitching and if you prefer stretching your fingers or clinging them to the frame.

The rule of thumb to identify the biggest size you can comfortably hold

Get a ruler and measure the distance between your thumb and your middle finger. This is the distance you can reach with your hands to the middle of your embroidery hoop. Since most embroidery patterns are centered in the frame, this is where you'll probably do most of your stitching. If you can't reach this area comfortably, your hands will ache sooner or later.So measure......

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Tutorial: How to embroider fringes

Fringes are all the rage now at tapestry weaving, but did you know you can embroider them, too? Fringes add dimension and texture to an embroidery piece. You can leave them as is in loops or cut them open to create the fringes-look.


1. Lay a tool like a knitting needle or a flat piece of sturdy cardboard on the fabric (I will rever to this tool as the spacer). It should have the width you want to achieve for your fringes later. Lay the thread over the tool.


2. With the thread go under the spacer and stitch a little bit on the right of the previous stitch to the point where the thread comes out of the fabric.

loop05 3. Pull the......

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