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stitch lexicon round 15

lexicon of embroidery stitches

This weekend, the lexicon comes even closer to 150 stitch tutorials. What a number! Around this time last year the idea formed to document all embroidery stitches.

How it all began

When I look back, I wonder how I could even think of this crazy idea to document all embroidery stitches. But to be honest with you, I didn’t think that much about it then. There was this desire to absorb new stuff like a sponge and dive deep into something.

Back then I made a list to get an overview of all embroidery stitches I could find – and found out quickly that this would be interesting.

The following conversation with my partner during the list making process says it all:

Darling, I think this project I’m planning is going to take a while.” “What, why?” ” Well, I have already found over 100 stitches.” “Oh, ok, then you have something to do, right?”

A little bit later: “Daaaaarling? Did I reeeeaaaally say I wanted to learn them all?” “Yes you did.” “Do I have to?” “Leave me out of this. YOU wanted to do it!”

A little bit later: “Two-hundred-and-two” “What? “I think I want to cry, there are over 200 stitches.” He just grins way too broad.

Monster projects and how to tame them

You see, sometimes things take an unexpected turn and a small project turns from a nice little occupation to a massive beast to tame. It’s for you to decide if you are crazy enough to tame it anyways or leave it be! Many monster projects do have the potential to eat you whole and spit you out again – that’s why we avoid tackling them most of the time. The thought to fail is what makes it so daring and it can either encourage or discourage you to pursue it.

We don’t need a monster project on our back all the time but from time to time it brings a fresh breeze into our lives. For today it’s enough to just try out the new embroidery stitches.

Pick up a piece of fabric, needle and thread and stitch!

Do you have a monster project you are tackling right now or consider doing? Or what monster craft project did you manage to finish off that you are very proud of?
Write a comment below and tell! I would love to hear your experiences. What were the struggles you had or are having with your personal monster project?

The new stitches

lexicon of embroidery stitches

Stitch lexicon round 14

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

embroidery stitch lexicon round 14: bokhara couching - seed stitch - whipped running stitch - palestrina knot - fern stitch

Running stitch is the most basic stitch around the embroidery stitches. It may have the reputation to being dull and flat, but have a look at this: It’s amazing how the texture changes if you whip the running stitch. The flat one is seed stitch, the raised one is whipped running stitch. I think this picture reflects very well how small alterations of a stitch can change the whole thing.

I used this same effect in my geometric animals series, which is made entirely of running and whipped running stitch. You can check them out here.

whipped running stitch

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 14 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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Stitch lexicon round 13

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

 

stitch lexicon round 13

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 13 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

triangle sampler round 13

 

Stitch lexicon round 12

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 12

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 12 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

Stitch lexicon round 11

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

stitch lexicon round 11

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 11 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

Stitch lexicon round 5

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

Click on the names above to go directly to the stitch tutorial.

stitch lexicon round 5

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 5 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.
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Stitch lexicon round 4

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

Click on the names above to go directly to the stitch tutorial.

stitch lexicon round 4

And here is what the 3 triangles for round 4 look like! If you would like to practice these stitches, too, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

 

stitch sampler project round 4

Stitch lexicon round 3

The next round of embroidery stitch tutorials is out in the stitch lexicon. This time it’s the following embroidery stitches:

Click on the names above to get to the stitch tutorial!

stitch lexicon round 3
If you would like to practice these stitches, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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Stitch lexicon round 2

The next set of tutorials is finished. This time it’s from a variety of stitch families to mix things up a bit. There are 2 evergreens in it – the satin stitch and the french knot. Then 2 twists on classic stitches – the twisted chain stitch and the looped running stitch. Aaaaand a special stitch – la mouche. La mouche means the fly in french and I could not find an english name for it yet, but it’s such a cute name for a cute stitch, that I’ll leave it at this for now.

stitch lexicon round 2

If you would like to practice these stitches, come participate in the triangle sampler project over at Patreon! Every other week there is a new set of 3 triangles which we stitch together and share.

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