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

TO TRANSFER DESIGN

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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The Baby Ooo Quilt

The Baby Ooo Quilt is a modern and fun project!  One of our neighbors was getting ready to become a first time Grandma!  She asked for a quilt to match her soon to be Grandson’s nursery.  My inspiration for the Baby Ooo Quilt was from the full sized version of the Ooo Quilt I had finished a few months ago.  The Ooo Quilt was chosen from one of my Missouri Star Quilt Company Block books.  This was from Volume 1, issue 4.  In the book, this quilt was called “Jump Rings”.   I chose some really great, limited edition, fabric.  Let me show you all about this quilt so you can make one too!

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THE Baby ooo QUILT – MATERIALS LIST

THE baby ooo QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine with a quarter inch presser foot
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

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THE baby ooo QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Be sure to get yourself a copy of the Block Magazine.  In the pattern, you will find all the details for assembly.  The process is really simple.  Instead of using a jelly roll, I just cut up my fat quarters as show in the pattern.  Deciding upon the layout was fun.  It took me several times to finally settle upon a layout!

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I numbered my rows, after I decided on the layout.  That really helps me to keep things straight when I get the blocks back to the machine for sewing.

TIP:  I used the following video tutorial as a general guide for assembly:

THE 000 QUILT – ALMOST FINISHED!

Once I had my quilt top assembled, I decided on some simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.  It’s simple and fun!  Be sure you have a Walking Foot!  There are different kinds of Walking Foot attachments, based upon the shaft of your specific machine.

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I also wanted to add a “special touch” to the quilt, so I added some Big Stitches with some special 12 weight thread from Aurifil.     I didn’t use a hoop because my quilt was already quilted.  I just added some big stitches on the inside boarder of each “O”.  What do you think?

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Once I sewed on the binding, I could not wait to take some pictures of this amazing quilt!  I was also a little late in getting this to my neighbor, so I headed to the backyard and snapped this completed picture.  I think it is too cute!  And I will definitely be adding big stitches to more projects in the future!  Making this Baby Ooo Quilt was fun and easy!  I just loved making it and my Neighbor loved the result!  Yay!

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If I were ever to make this quilt again, I think I might try one for a baby girl.  Just think of the fabric possibilities!  I hope you make one of these quilts.  What fabrics would you choose?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting!

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