Thursday, July 31, 2014

Snail Trail Stitch


Hi all,  I am still trying to get my sewjo back from being away on holiday.   I found my crochet and knitting have taken over for a little while, but that's okay as it is winter here and I always feel like knitting in winter.

Today's stitch is another lovely decorative one.  It is known as snail trail, but quite frankly, looks like a row of little fishies to me.  Whatever it is, it is lovely no matter what it is called.







There are a couple of little tricks to getting this stitch right.   The first one is the most important!   When sewing on your lap, make sure you don't sew your embroidery through to your trousers, as I just did  LOL.
The second is, when making the loops hold them down with your finger to help keep the shape otherwise they can take on a shape of there own   ;)

First things first, come up from under your work.   This time, without rhyme or reason, us lefties are supposed to work from left to right.    So, make a loop and insert needle as shown in the picture on an angle.  You want the bottom of your needle to come up in a straight line with your first insertion point.   Hold the loop lightly with your finger while pulling the thread through to make the loop size and shape you want.





 




This is how your line of snail trail should look.  I do need a little practice.  It is another I have found to be hard to get consistent sizing in the loops.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sheaf Stitch

This little stitch is just tooo tooo cute....Reminds me of little tied bundles of hay.   Now I just know I have to add some of these to my crazy patch block as well.    I am sure I have room left on it for some somewhere.    Simply make three small vertical lines to start with.











Next bring your needle up through from the back of the middle stitch and pull through.   Then thread it under the stitch to the right of centre













Okay, then, pull your thread over and in front of the threads to the left thread.  You now place needle behind the stitches and meet up with the point at which your wrapping stitch started.







Voila....one more very pretty and decorative stitch.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Seed Stitch

Hello, I am back from my little hiatus.   This time I am bringing one of the simplest stitches ever.   It is called Seed Stitch and is done quite small. It is basically used as a filler stitch, but you can draw shapes like leaves and flowers and fill them in with seed stitch if you wish and give them an outline.

Once again, I will whine about the fact that the photos are not of best quality.   I went to a lot of trouble altering the exposure sharpness and colouring through the little free photo editing program Ribbet.   I know for a fact that I saved over the original photos.   My silly computer in all its' wisdom has decided to share the unvarnished pictures.   Never mind, you get the drift.   Again, I will come back at a later date and redo the photos.   A little short on time at the moment, having already spent over an hour fiddling around just to write a simple blog post......Until next time....have fun in stitches   :)




The idea is to make two little stitches, one above the other and quite close together.







This should give you the idea.







Then just continue to make as many little combination stitches as required to fill in your open spaces