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7 days of stitches: french knots

UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You just read the better and improved version :D

French knots are part of the knotted stitches family and often used to accentuate parts of embroidery. They form a very textured surface if clouded together but look great scattered around, too.

Here is how it works:

french1

french2 Wrap your thread around the needle twice.   french3
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7 days of stitches: satin stitch

UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You just read the better and improved version :D
Satin stitch is widely used as a fill stitch. The name comes from the smooth surface similar to the surface of the fabric called satin. The satin stitch consists of parallel usually quite long stitches. There are two possibilities to make the satin stitch. For the first method you simply mark the shape of your area to stitch and embroidery it following the marks. For the second method you prestitch your shape with a line stitch like
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7 days of stitches: herringbone stitch

  UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version :D
The herringbone stitch is a crossed stitch. It's commonly used to fill areas with a low amount of waste yarn in the back.

Here is how it works:

herringbone1 Before making the stitch you can mark 2 parallel lines on the fabric to make it easier to keep the right spacing. Then imagine a triangle between the 2 lines with the point where the thread comes out as the......

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7 days of stitches: chain stitch

UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version :D
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:

chainstitch1 Stick the needle in the same hole where the thread comes out and pull it up at one......

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7 days of stitches: stem stitch

 UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version :D
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.

Here is how it works:

stemstitch1 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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7 days of stitches: back stitch

 UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version :D
This 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. backstitch 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......

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7 days of stitches: running stitch

 UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version :D
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:

runningstitch For the running stitch you go over and under the fabric in one line. By increasing or decreasing the space between stitches you can achieve a different look of the......

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7 days of stitches

UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You just read the better and improved version :D
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 stuff and actually use it a couple of times before jumping to the next stitch. I know......

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