It's already day 5 - time is flying by.... which leads me to the next stitch: the FLY STITCH. This embroidery stitch can be used as a detached stitch for scales, flying birds in the distance and other things with a half circle/oval shape. The connected version is great for twigs or flower stems with tiny leaves. I like to use it for branches of fir in Christmas embroideries.
How to embroider the fly stitch
1// Imagine a triangle pointing downwards. Stick the needle in at the upper right corner, then pull it out at the bottom point. Make sure the thread is under the needle tip before you pull the needle through.
2// Fixate the loop by sticking......
It's time for the 4th part of the 7 days of stitches series introducing the stitch with the 4 corners *drum roll*: the CROSS STITCH. I mean, this stitch is probably the one stitch that almost everybody has stitched once in their life at school. It is also the term many people say when they actually mean embroidery.
Interestingly there is often a distinction made between counted cross stitch and embroidery in general. Counted cross stitch is when you follow a chart of squares to make each stitch. It is similar to pixel art - there are really pixelated pictures like old game boy pixels and high-resolution pictures with thousands of pixels/stitches involved that look very realistic.
Cross stitches can be used outside of counted embroidery, too. That is why I show you two ways of making them. The first steps show a stand alone cross stitch. The second set of steps......
3 day of the 7 days of stitches features a stitch that is experiencing a revival during the last years: NEEDLE WEAVING. Being a cross over between embroidery and weaving, this stitch offers a lot of variations in how you can weave the threads in. I have picked the most basic one to show you the process - the weave stitch. Further below you can see the most popular version - the woven spider wheel - which is used for stitching roses a lot and is very easy to make. I show two different ways for the weave stitch here. One is more like weaving and the thread that is applied is not attached at the sides. For the other way to make the weave stitch, all stitches are attached to the fabric.
How to do needle weaving
Day 2 of the 7 days of stitches has arrived and it's all about the FEATHER STITCH. This stitch has a long tradition in plant embroidery. It's so easy to mimic different twigs, leaves or even algae with this marvelous embroidery stitch.
How to do the feather stitch
1// Imagine a triangle that is pointing down. Stick the needle in the upper right corner and pull it out at the bottom point. Make sure the thread is under the needle tip before you pull the needle through.
2// Repeat the first step, but this time use the point where the thread comes out of the fabric from the previous stitch as a starting point.Continue Reading
Let's start off the series with the BLANKET STITCH. This embroidery stitch is often used for hemming blanket edges. Maybe you have/had a baby blanket that was hemmed this way, too?
How to embroider the blanket stitch
1// Imagine two parallel lines. Then think of each stitch as a rectangle. Start in the top left corner, stick the needle in the bottom right corner and pull the needle up in the top right corner of this imaginative rectangle. Make sure the thread is laying under the needle tip before you pull out the needle.
2// Repeat the first step until you have the desired amount of stitches.
First of all: yes I know, it's not Saturday. This Friday I will go visit my grand parents in the mountains for the weekend - making it impossible to access the internet the way I need it on Saturday. So I decided to publish this round of the stitch lexicon today instead of Sunday when we will be back. Two hundred and one stitch tutorials. This is the 25th round of the stitch lexicon and in 2 weeks will be the final round. YES! FINAL! I have some specials coming during the next weeks, so keep your eye on my Instagram feed and the blog. Also, the stitch labyrinth challenge is running right now. If you want to use more than 2-3 stitches and need some practice, you will love this! Go here for more information.
The new embroidery stitches of the stitch lexicon
Currently, I'm working on a new part of the 7 days of stitches series. For this purpose, I'm looking for artists and designers who use these particular stitches in their work to show you how it can be used. It wasn't a problem at all to find embroidery art and patterns for the first 7 stitches (running, back, stem, chain, satin, french knot) with the exception of the herringbone stitch. Finding modern embroidery with the new stitches, however, proved to become a challenge - which came to a surprise to me because they are all basic stitches, no crazy variations and such.
What do embroidery artists and designers use?Many artists and designers use a range of 3-5 different stitches that everybody uses and 1-2 stitches specific to them. Specific to them means, they use stitches that not everybody uses, but of course, they are not exclusive to them. The variety......
Thank you!During the past months, the embroidery stitch lexicon has not only grown in tutorials, it has brought many friendly people into my life. I appreciate your kind words, interesting questions and words of encouragement so much! The people in the world around me often don't get the whole embroidery thing I'm into. Knowing there are people in this world who do get it, who pick their brain about which stitches to use with the same joy and enthusiasm like me, who sit over the choice of which color of thread to use, who love to sit for hours and move the needle up and down, up and down - to be part of this magical and great community of embroiderers makes me very happy. To celebrate embroidery and the stitch lexicon I have prepared a special goodie for you!
The Embroidery Stitch Family GuideThe Embroidery Stitch Family Guide is an ebook with......
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(click on the names to go directly to the matching tutorial)
I'll keep things short today and go directly to what it's all about this Saturday! The new stitch tutorials are out and online for you to make incredible things using them.
New in the stitch lexicon:
- japanese darning stitch
- knotted cable chain stitch
- twisted fly stitch
- tacked herringbone stitch
- arrowhead stitch