Monday, November 25, 2013

Lazy Daisy Stitch

 I have been so waiting to get up to this lovely stitch to share with you.....I think I am nearly half way through the Alphabet.
The Lazy Daisy stitch is so simple and yet so effective and versatile.  You can use it to make flowers, leaves, adornments to just about any line of stitching you use.

There are not many steps to making your stitch.  First bring your needle through from the back of your work, then make a small loop with your thread and insert needle down and up so that it catches your loop with it. 

Then push your needle just down the other side of the top of your loop and voila you have your first little leaf/petal shape.

Continue around to the left in order to make your next loop.

I have made just a four shaped flower, but daisies tend to look much better with five loops.
I then added a little French knot in the centre to finish it off.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Darning using your Sewing Machine

Darning is easy, using your sewing machine.   Most sewing machines these days have a darning stitch and with the correct machine foot (in my case, the buttonhole foot is used) you can mend your items very quickly.

I have a Janome 4800.  It comes with a multitude of stitches and ofcourse one of them is the darning stitch.

A pair of my well loved and well worn flannel pyjamas have frayed underneath the buttons.   After removing the button, you can then easily mend it and then re attach your button.

The above is a picture of the buttonhole foot which doubles as your darning foot.

Above is a picture from my instruction book that comes with my machine.   As you can see by following the numbers, the first part of the stitch is done vertically as per 2, 3 and 4 .  The machine has this  programmed in, so it is just a matter of letting the machine do the work.

Once the first part is completed, the machine stops and repositions to do the horizontal part of the darning.  Easy peasy. :)

The above picture show my poor frayed pyjama top.

This is how my darning stitch looks.  Not entirely happy, as it didn't completely cover the complete fray.   Absolutely nothing to worry about though, as you simply repeat the programmed stitch over the top of this.  Repeating the process only makes the stitch firmer and more likely to hold the button in place for many more wears.

I hope this little tutorial has been helpful.
What to do if you don't have an in built stitch:  
The beauty of your sewing machine is that you could even accomplish the darning stitch, even if yours does not have the stitch programmed in to it.
You could simply do it using your normal stitch and slowly going up and back in a vertical motion and then turn your piece sideways to take care of the stitches that go horizontally.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Holbein Stitch

 Hello one and all.   Well, today, I was going to introduce you to the Holbein stitch..but alas, the work I put into the stitch last night and the photos I took of said work ended up looking absolutely atrocious.   So, consequently, I am starting the post on this stitch without the pictures.   I didn't want to let you think I had forgotten to blog this week.
I will try my hardest to do a much better job on the stitches and pictures tonight and upload them for you tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile, I have decided to add a little tutorial this week also on Darning (with your sewing machine).   I don't know about you, but I have a favourite pair of pyjamas.   They have been worn to death...I Love my flannel pjs.   Anyway, the fabric under the buttons has decided to fray.  I thought it an ideal opportunity to show how easily these sorts of problems can be mended with your sewing machine.   My Janome 4800 has a darning stitch.  So I thought I would bring you a little photo tutorial with this machine.

So, I hope you will look forward to both of the posts over the next week   :)

xxx   Vicki here are the added pictures of the Holbein Stitch. 
|First, add a small pencil drawing to your work.

This particular stitch we work from left to right.  Start at the end of your first horizontal line and make the first vertical stitch.

Continue with the vertical lines in the pattern working to the right.


Now work the horizontal lines back towards the left.

And voila, the finished pattern.    You can make as many repeats of these as you like to fill in your stitched piece and you can make them as big or small as you like.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Herringbone Stitch

This next stitch is the Herringbone stitch.   Remember, us lefties
work our stitches from right to left  :)      Now if you follow my steps as in the photos, you bring your thread up from underneath, move to the left and up to where you want the top of the next stitch to be.  Insert needle from left to right as in this photo.
Pull your needle through and then take your needle and thread down to the left and insert left to right even with the base of the first stitch.
Once you have done a few stitches as evenly as possible (which in my case was not easy) you will have created a nice little herringbone pattern as in the next photo.

The next couple of photos will show you how I have added the herringbone stitch to our little crazy patch block.  I have also added a contrasting vertical stitch just to add another bit of interest to the stitch.