Six Advanced Embroidery Stitches

Hand Embroidery is such a wonderful art and skill to have!  There are so many wonderful possibilities and creations to make when you know how to hand embroider.  Follow along as my friend Karen, with Studio 21 Market, shares her embroidery sampler design and shows us six advanced embroidery stitches.  Be sure to watch the video and download your pattern.

Since Aurifil is my embroidery thread of choice, partnering with them was an easy decision. If you haven’t already, head over to our first post which helps you get started.  We will pickup where we left off from our first and second episodes. 

Embroidery Sampler Material List

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Chain Stitch or Lazy Daisy

These are fun and really pretty versatile. Though technically two different stitches, they’re quite similar, so we’re teaching them together. The lazy daisy stitch is used for the little daisies and pulled fairly tight to create an elongated loop. For the raindrops, we’ll not pull as tight so the result is a more rounded loop. 

In essence, the chain stitch used the same method of wrapping the needle to make the loop, but instead of finishing with an anchoring stitch, it is continued to make the next link in the chain. The chain stitch is done in vertical rows here for a graphic effect.

Continental Knot

This is Karen’s favorite knot stitch, mainly because it can use 3-6 strands and will still be centered over the spot where the thread comes up from the back. Replay the video a few times to see the method. It’s kind of fun to watch it curl into a little knot. One trick for knots is to keep the looped thread close to the fabric—that’s key to  stitching nice little knots. (And if you find you’re not a fan, feel free to make the more common French knots.)

Blanket Stitch

Though a simple whip stitch could be used to hold the edges of appliqué pieces. the blanket stitch also makes a nice ridge of embroidery thread along the outer edge of the fabric or wool leaf. (For the appliqué fabric leaf, use a thin two-sided fusible with paper backing on one side, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)

Feather Stitch

This one is so graphic and moves quickly once you get it started. It can be used with varying widths the way we used it on this feather shape, or with an even width to make a row of stitching. 

Herringbone Stitch

This is the (closed) herringbone stitch. A leaf shape is so awesome when this stitch is used. I’ve done it on tiny little meandering leaves and also on larger leaves like this one. With the overlapping center threads, it makes such a wonderful texture for a leaf without leaving any gaps or spaces down the middle.

Padded Satin Stitch

So, yeah, it’s not necessary to pad a satin stitch. And it is more time-consuming. But I wanted to include it so if there are instances where you’d like a satin-stitched area to be raised from the cloth a little more for the texture you’d like to achieve, now you know how. The dimension is outstanding!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the entire Embroidery Sampler Series and stop to say hello to my good friend Karen with Studio 21 Market!

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Six Basic Embroidery Stitches

Hand Embroidery is such a wonderful art and skill to have!  There are so many wonderful possibilities and creations to make when you know how to hand embroider.  Follow along as my friend Karen, with Studio 21 Market, shares her embroidery sampler design and shows us the six most basic embroidery stitches.  Be sure to watch the video and download your pattern.

Since Aurifil is my embroidery thread of choice, partnering with them was an easy decision. If you haven’t already, head over to our first post which helps you get started.  We will pickup where we left off from our first episode.  Let’s start stitching!

Embroidery Sampler Material List

TO TRANSFER DESIGN

Running Stitch

This is the most basic embroidery stitches with the needle going up-down-up-down. It’s also used in hand quilting and in Sashiko stitching.  For our purposes, we’ll make the part of the stitch that shows about twice the size of the thread that’s underneath our fabric. It’s a fun and easy stitch!

Straight Stitch / Scatter Stitch

A straight stitch can be used in many applications. In this sampler, we’re using it in a scatter stitch pattern. This can be done without a plan in any space you’d like to use it. For a quick start, we’ve provided the placement of stitches on this pattern. 

Cross Stitch

With a variety of applications (counted cross stitch patterns, waste canvas cross stitch, etc), we’re using a large-scale simplified cross stitch. While each stitch can be done individually, my favorite method is to first do all of the left-slanted stitches in a row, then head back to the beginning of the row with the right-slanted stitches. For a uniform look, be sure to always have the right-slanted stitches on top.

Basic Herringbone

In essence a variation of the cross-stitch, this one is stitched in order from left to right. It’s a quick sew and provides a very graphic texture.

Satin Stitch

While this stitch may take a little longer to cover an area, it’s such a pretty stitch with a big impact of color. If you find a blank area left between stitches, just insert another stitch to fill the hole.

Stem Stitch / Outline Stitch

Okay, I have to admit that this is my most-used stitch! I use it to embellish many of my sewn items—from totes and organizers to my favorite use of labeling my quilts. You’ll see a sample in the video. In addition to a couple of other places, use this stitch to embroider your name in the lower center section. You’ll see just how easy it is to sew, and much more forgiving and less fiddly than the commonly-used backstitch. I usually use 2-3 strands of embroidery floss, but have used a single strand on occasion for really fine work. The main thing to consider as you are stitching the lines is to stay consistent in the size of your stitch.

 

 

     

Tell us in the comments which is your favorite basic embroidery stitch!

Happy Stitching!

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Sun Print 2020 by Alison Glass

I’m really excited about the new fabric collection called Sun Print 2020, by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics!  Alison has outdone herself with fantastic illustrations, deep and saturated colors and more fantastic designs!  This fabric is just perfect for making quilts, sewing bags, and even garments!  Let me share some exciting pictures of this fabulous fabric line!

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Sun Print 2020 Patterns

In the Sun Print 2020 Collection, there are a total of twenty-seven prints.  There are three patterns in this collection.  Each pattern has nine unique colors with its own shade of the rainbow.  Each pattern compliments with each other, so using them together is a great idea.  You can also use each pattern independently from the rest of the collection.  There are so many options with this fabric collection!  Let’s take a look at each pattern

Menagerie 2020

Menagerie is a lovely pattern with nine gorgeous colors.  These prints read a bit lighter than the rest because of the lovely cross-stitch design throughout each print.  Hidden with the designs, you will find birds, flowers, squirrels, lions, bumble-bees and many more fun designs!  Handwork artists can even use this fabric as a base for cross-stitch!  Imagine that!  No counting!  Yay!

I'm really excited about the new fabric collection called Sun Print 2020, by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics!  Check out all the fabulous prints right here!#AlisonGlass #SunPrint2020 #QuiltingCotton #AndoverFabrics #DesignerFabric #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Stitched 2020 Pattern

The Stitched Pattern consists of nine more prints that are artistically illustrated!  You will find continuous lines that create a variety of motifs for slow sewing.  Even if you didn’t want to use the fabric for its hand-stitching patterns – the designs make for a great path for free motion quilting as well!  The printed lines are just subtle enough to let this fabric act as a great blender for your quilts and would make a great lining for your handmade bags and wallets.

I'm really excited about the new fabric collection called Sun Print 2020, by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics!  Check out all the fabulous prints right here!#AlisonGlass #SunPrint2020 #QuiltingCotton #AndoverFabrics #DesignerFabric #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Embroidery 2020 Pattern

I just love the Embroidery 2020 Pattern!  This fabric also has nine colors of the rainbow and is just perfect for many, many uses!  Personally, I would use this fabric for fussy cutting, blending with other quilting fabrics, or for sewing bags and wallet linings.  If you are into hand embroidery, I can see how wonderful this fabric would be for a variety of embroidery projects!

I'm really excited about the new fabric collection called Sun Print 2020, by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics!  Check out all the fabulous prints right here!#AlisonGlass #SunPrint2020 #QuiltingCotton #AndoverFabrics #DesignerFabric #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Sun Print 2020 available now!

Check your local quilt shop for the Sun Print 2020 fabric collection!  If your local shop doesn’t have it available, be sure to ask them to start stocking it!  If this isn’t locally available for you, you can find it on Etsy or from the Fat Quarter Shop.  There are a variety of bundles, pre-cuts and of course yardages available right now!

Leave a comment and let me know what you will be making with this fantastic new fabric collection!

Happy Stitches!

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