Thursday, February 20, 2014

Overcast Stitch

For all those who have been following me from the beginning, you will know that I do not profess to be good at embroidery.  I am simply trying to show you the left handed way to do things and also teach myself how to do embroidery a little better.

This next stitch is one of the ones that I have never done before and therefore needs a little practice to get the satin stitches more even.

First things first with the overcast stitch.   Lay down strands of your embroidery thread.  These need to be a little longer than your required finished stitch.   I have only used two threads here, it just depends on how thick you want your finished stitch to look.

First come up from underneath your work and just below your thread line.  You then insert the needle just above the line, back down and then up again from below and so on and so on until you have covered your line with tiny satin stitches.

The finished line of stitches should look something like this.  Naturally the aim is to get your satin stitches as even as possible, that is where practice with me is obviously a necessity.

When you have finished you can then carefully hide the little ends left on show underneath your work.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Open Square Stitch

The new stitch for this week is known as the open square stitch.
It is very easy and looks a lot like a buttonhole stitch but much more defined.

Bring your thread up from back of work.  Insert needle down and across as in the picture below.

As you can see in the next picture, you then go back to the left and insert needle in the same hole, but this time take you needle under and up on the diagonal to the right of the first stitch line.

As seen in the next picture, you have now made an 'L'shape stitch.

Repeat the above steps making another 'L'stitch.

Continue in the above manner until you have the required number of stitches. Finish the stitch off at the back of your work.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Net Stitch

This is another way to add more interest to your basic stitches.   It is simply a stem stitch and then embellished with loop to follow.

The first thing you need to do is make a simple Stem Stitch.  Then, in the same colour thread or a contrasting thread, you come up from the right end of your stem stitch.  Make a small loop and insert your needle from the top underneath the first stitch of your stem stitch and over your little loop.

You continue in this manner, making sure not to pull your loop too tight.  Try and keep your loops even.  As this is my first attempt at this, mine aren't as even as I would like them to be, but you get the idea.


After you have finished your first line of loops you can then go back and add as many rows of loops as you like.   I chose to do only one more row and pull the loops tighter on this second row. By doing this it gives the look of a chain stitch addition.