Friday, 14 March 2014

Spring Project Week 2 : Embroidery stitches for outlines & A Blossom design

 Lets start with the design.....a little blossom inspired one! Are you feeling spring-y yet? Hope so!


                                          Click here to download the blossom inspired embroidery pattern.

 
Many embroidery pattern designs (including the bunting themed ones you find here) are designed so that the drawn lines of the image/pattern can be simply embroidered on top of ..OR.. alternatively the areas within the drawn line can be filled (either by embroidery stitches or appliqued fabric).

This week we are going to look at some embroidery stitches that can be used for creating outlines and "drawing lines", which is the quickest (and most often simplest) way of completing a pattern.

There are LOTs of stitches that can be used to create a drawn line, I am going to show you 4 basic ones. (you will find 2 of them already included in this Stitch Libary)

Ok so lets start with chain stitch.....this stitch is versatile in that you can create different effects by playing with the length of stitch and how tight you pull the loop. Chain stitch is good for creating thicker lines.
I don't tend to use chain stitch for outlines,but use it plenty for creating flower and leaf motifs. 
Here are a couple of examples where I've used chain stitch....

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The most common stitch I use for sewing a drawn line is  Stem Stitch. I find it more forgiving than backstitch (shown later) as the stitches don't have to be exactly all the same size, and it creates a nice smooth thick line, kind of like a twisted rope. Its really easy once you work out where to keep the thread when sewing!


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Couching is a fun way to add different textures and elements to your embroidery, as this stitch essentially involves sewing another fibre/thread  on to your design. It is the stitch to use when you want to add a piece of wool or string which would be too thick to sew through your fabric. 
You can create extra interest and detailing by using contrasting colours between the fibre being attached and the thread used to attach the fibre. (which judging from the photos is what I should have done so you could
 see the stitches better!)
 

See some other examples below:



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And lastly we have good old backstitch.It's a versatile little stitch that can be used in sewing and embroidery..so if you only want to learn one sewing stitch which can mend as well as embroider this be the one!

Below are some examples of where I've used backstitch...

*Its worth remembering you don't need to stick to just using one stitch for outlines.........


Oh yeah!

So there you have 4 different ways to create outlines. This week's embroidery pattern has plenty of lines for you to practice them on!
Next week I'm going to demonstrate stitches that can be used for filling the design....and of course I'll be sharing another bunting design .I hope you can come back for more!




4 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny I'm finally caught up at http://sleeping-dragons.blogspot.co.uk/, any of my stuff you want to put on your site go right ahead - week 2 hooped and on the way. I love the way your nail varnish coordinates with your threads!

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  2. I absolutely adore your stitchery , thankyou for making my heart swell :)x

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