Coming to the last days of the 7 days of embroidery stitches with the: Straight stitch. Straight stitches are THE stitch. It's like a line you draw with a pencil - you can make anything with it. Depending on how you arrange them, how long you make them or how short, the straight stitch can be everything you want it to be.
How to do the straight stitch
1// Stick the needle where you want your stitch to end.
2// Go up where you want the next stitch to be and repeat step 1. Yup, it's that easy. I told you so.
On to the 6th day with: couching! Couching is one of the techniques that get overlooked easily. For couching a surface material is attached to the fabric with a thread. The surface material can be anything! Dried flower stems, feathers, metallic threads or wire, wooden sticks, thick/thin/loopy/fluffy yarn or simple embroidery floss. Usually, the surface material is a little bit thicker than the working thread. This way the surface material is the star of the show. If you are using stranded embroidery floss just use one or two strands less for the working thread.
How to do couching
1// Place the surface material on your fabric. If you want to make a complex structure it might be helpful to attach it before couching. Use pins or make a few stitches to hold it in place and......
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.
7 days of embroidery stitches part 2Hello, fellow embroidery enthusiast! This week is all about embroidery stitches. Each day I'll show you how to make a particular stitch for you to try out and use. If you want to check out the first series, it is over here.
Monday: blanket stitch
Tuesday: feather stitch
Wednesday: needle weaving
Thursday: cross stitch
Friday: fly stitch
Sunday: straight stitch
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......
Can you imagine half of the year is already gone? It always strikes me at this time of the year, that we are at the peak of summer (I'm writing this while it's raining cats and dogs outside) and that the crafting season of falla nd winter is not so far away anymore. For me embroidery is much more related to the summer. My mother used to sit in the sun and stitch flowers while my sisters and I were playing outside. I guess that's why I always relate embroidery to sunshine and warmth instead of a winter activity (also light is sparse in winter, too, so not as much daylight time to stitch). When is your embroidery season? Summer, winter, fall or spring? Or are you embroidering like mad all year round and see no difference regarding the seasons? Let me know in the comments!
Here are the new embroidery stitches: