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embroidery stitch lexicon round 17

Let's welcome a new set of stitches into the stitch lexicon! But first, I want to thank you again for your great participation on the embroidery survey! Your feedback and insights are a huge help to make the right kind of tutorials to help you with your struggles in embroidery. If you have not participated, it is still up! It's 7 multiple choice questions short and done quickly. I would appreciate it very much :) So on to the stitches, shall we?

These stitches made it into this round:

embroidery stitch lexicon round 17

Be part of the stitch sampler

Parallel to the lexicon's new stitch additions I host a Sampler Along called The Triangle Sampler Project (yeah I know, I'm so bad with names ^^). Every other......

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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......

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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......

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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  ...

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Stitch lexicon round 6

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

stitch lexicon round 6 And here is what the 3 triangles for round 6 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. term06d  ...

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Become a Patron for the embroidery stitch lexicon

Today I have something very special talk about. During the last months my focus changed from designing patterns to making more embroidery tutorials. I believe in the power of knowledge being accessible for everyone. However, I, too have to pay bills and making free tutorials sadly is not going to do that. The working hours I have are reserved for making new designs and organzing my pattern business. I would love to dedicate much more time to the teaching aspect of embroidery, but this is only possible if I get payed for my tutorials. There is the cat biting it's tail. On one side I want free access for all of you but then I would have to limit the access by placing a price tag on it. Luckily there is a simple solution for this: Patreon. Patreon is a platform similiar to Kickstarter where you can support your artist of choice......

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Introduction: bobbles, nupps and wrapped stitches

Texture in knitting is a wonderful thing. You don't have to be a genius to create texture and there are A LOT of possibilities in knitting to achieve it. One of the most outstanding textural elements are bobbles. For a long time bobbles where regarded as old fashioned - at least here in Germany- but with a wave of textural excitement and experimental spirit the bobbles came back. For the next days I want to show you how to make bobbles and other texture stitches similiar to the bobble and how versatile these stitches are in knitting.

Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction 2. Bobbles 3. Wrapped stitches 4. Nupps  knit-bobbleseries noppenserie  ...

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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

Click here for the other herringbone stitch tutorials.

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The Hoop Talk: What to look for when you buy a new embroidery hoop

Embroidery hoops in any form recently are THE tool for everything according to my Pinterest feed and many websites I frequently visit. Usage covers framing, towel holders, bag closures and whatnot. It's great to see this versatile thing which impersonated the oldfashioned housewife somehow for a long while receiving modern attention. There are some examples below in this post! All the embroidery hoops I have are either vintage GDR hoops or those I bought at a local store. All of these hoops are of very good quality and mostly manufactured in Germany. When sadly my local store shut down last month I was looking for a new source and looked over at ebay. I never would have thought that there would be THIS badly made embroidery hoops out there, because I never saw some in my life. Now I did. I bought a bunch......

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Free Knitting Pattern - Silver Lining

horizont01aIn April I got my hands on some gorgeous thick and thin yarn by Drops. It's the Drops loves you #3 made of 50% wool 50% alpaca and it's one of the best yarns I have touched this year. It's soft and warm and comes in a lovely palette of colors. The thing with thick and thin yarn is it's not suitable for every pattern. I tried some lace and it looked like crap, I tried some cabling and linenstitch, not the best results either. Then I decided to give the brioche stitch a try. As with linenstitch the  stitches are slipped and blend every row/round into the next or previous row/round. This works great with color transitions, because the borders get blended and don't create a strict line, but this is also perfect for thick and thin yarns......

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