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.

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