Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bullion Stitch

This week's beautiful embroidery stitch is the bullion stitch.  It can be a little tricky to get the hang of but a lot of fun trying.
Also you can make the most beautiful roses or rosebuds once you get the hang of it.    Ofcourse, that is going to take many hours of practice for me this week, as I still cannot make a decent bullion rose.   Once I get there I will share

The idea here is to come up through the fabric at 1, down at 2 and then back half way through at 1 again (slightly beside the thread).

You then start wrapping your thread anti clockwise around the needle about six to eight times.

 Pull this down neatly until it makes a medium tight consistency.
Now the tricky bit.   You need to slowly push the stitches down the needle as you are pushing your needle up completely through the fabric.  I use my thumb and forefinger of my right hand to push the thread down.  The next little tricky bit is to now hold the stitch gently on the fabric and pull your needle and thread up and back towards you so that the stitch is sitting like the picture below.

You then anchor the stitch by putting your needle down through the fabric at number 2.   Voila your stitch is done!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Further Updates on my Crazy Patch and Jane Austen quilt.

This post is a further update on my Jane Austen quilt blocks. This is my final embroidery block in the quilt, so onwards and upwards we go in putting my quilt together.   If you like, I will show further updates on how to put this quilt together...I hope I don't find it too complicated as it has several diagonal strip piecing to be done and finished larger fabric pieces to make up the larger blocks.

The photo above is an update on my Crazy Patch tutorial.  I have done a lovely green backstitch on one of the joins and then threaded it with a variegated green/mauve pink thread. Just an inward and outward motion going very slowly and trying to hold each little loop in place as you go.   There are many versions of stitching you can vary when threading through your backstitch.  If you actually loop in the opposite direction also, you will create a nice oval stitch when through the backstitch as well.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Beetle Stitch

This week's featured stitch is the Beetle stitch. It is just a simple little stitch that can be used to make little flower buds, beetle, a bee or little filler stitches.  The finished stitch is slightly raised as it has firstly some underlying straight stitches and then covered by a satin stitch. 

There is actually no need for me to subject you, this time, to my drawing skills (or lack of) as the pictures of the stitch are self explanatory.

The small stitch I have used to enclose the little bud is a lazy daisy stitch.  I have just added a couple of little holding stitches to the sides to keep it in place and then two straight stitches to finish it off.

Hints and Tips for the week:

I strongly advise using an embroidery hoop. It keeps your  fabric taut and  it is easier to then  make well-formed stitches.  The hoop helps keep your tension consistent, helps eliminate puckering or  distortion and also keeps the work cleaner as you won’t be bunching the fabric in your hand  as you stitch.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013


The backstitch for lefthanders is worked from left to right.

The first thing is to bring your thread up from under your fabric at the point where you want your first stitch to finish.   You then take your needle and thread and go back to the left of this and down.  You then bring your needle up at the next place you want your next stitch to finish.

Then you swing your needle back to the left and go down through the fabric right where your first stitch ended. 

Then so on and so on until you have created the  number of  stitches required.  The next picture is not quite as exact as I would like it to be.    The closer you can get your stitches together the better.    Practice makes perfect and clearly I need it with this one.

Hints and Tips of the Week:

Good lighting is essential when doing your embroidery.   If you don't have good daylight or good lighting I think it is worthwhile investing in a natural colour light.   There are several available at Sewing Stores.


Updates on Work in Progress

As you may remember, I said I would share some of the decorative stitches that I would be showing you how to stitch.   Well, this one on my Crazy Patch sampler is the Basque Stitch.   I think it looks lovely when used to cover a seam.

Also, I just want to share with you another couple of Blocks from my Jane Austen Quilt and a picture of how my Quilt will look when it is completed.   Ofcourse, I probably won't be able to find the exact fabrics as used in the original quilt made by Brenda Ryan.



Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Today, instead of another embroidery stitch, I thought I would share with you my Crazy Patch tutorial.   This block I found free on the internet.   Once you print this little block you can then start placing and stitching your own choice of fabrics.   After you have printed off this block, I suggest you take it to a photocopy place and have it enlarged by at least 25%. 

You start with a piece of muslin or homespun.  I cut it slightly larger than the diagram.  You then transfer the lines to your base fabric.  I use a very light grey lead pencil.  It is also a good idea to mark your numbers on to your fabric as well, as long as the fabrics you are going to use are not see through.  Another way to do crazy patch is to actually baste the photocopied piece on to the back of the base fabric.  You can then just stitch through the lines and remove the paper later with a small sharp pair of scissors (very carefully I might add).


Place your first piece of fabric on top of your muslin/homespun. I then flip the fabric over to the reverse.  You should be able to see your pencil outline through the fabric.   Baste your first piece completely around all the lines that join for your No.1.

Now flip back to the front and pin your second piece on the joining line between No.1 and No.2.   Stitch on this line and then flip the fabric open and pin.
Continue in this way until all the pieces are in place.  It is a good idea to press each piece open after attaching.


Once you have attached the final piece, give it a press and baste it all the way around.  
Over the next few weeks, I will be adding some decorative stitches for you to either copy or even add your own favourite stitches to make it unique.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Bosnian Stitch

This stitch is very straightforward.  Unfortunately, this week I haven't had time to put it into practice.   I will definitely upload my embroidery later in the week for you to see it in real life.
I have been busy with distractions of all kinds in my home life.

Anyway, to do this stitch, you start with diagram A.  Bring your thread up from underneath at 1.  Take your thread down into the fabric on 2 and bring your needle up at 3.
Then keep moving toward the right going upwards in a straight line, following 1,2,3 until you have done a number of straight up and down stitches.
You then start to come back towards the left coming back up at 3 and making all the diagonal stitches until you get back to the start.
Easy Peasy   Enjoy :)

I have also decided to share some Crazy Patchwork instructions for you later in order to prepare a lovely piece on which to place our decorative stitches that we shall be learning.   I will start piecing it together and showing steps for this and then add some decorative stitches as they come up.

Hints and Tips of the Week:  It is a good idea to store your embroidery in a folder or between layers of clean fabric or soft tissue paper.   You may not come back to your work for some time and this will  keep the dust off it.