How To: Five Handy Embroidery Stitchescomments (15) September 2nd, 2008
I have a confession to make . . . hand embroidery is super easy. I know I shouldn't say that; it's in my best interest to keep the mystery of the stitches to myself so that others hire me to stitch for them, but frankly . . . it's just coloring with thread. There, now I've done it. I'm sure I'll be hearing from the Stitcher's League of America where they'll revoke my stitching privileges. That's not to say that it can't be difficult and challenging, just that it doesn't have to be. The learning curve is a lot more friendly.
I'm amazed when other, more accomplished crafters talk about how hard it seems. These are people who sew clothing and knit and make jewelry! Their crafts require math and counting and dangerous tools! Trust me, if I can figure this stuff out, anyone can.
Here are five stitches that I can't live without. (French knots are also on my list, but why do another tutorial when the lovely Jennifer Stern rocked an awesome one out a few weeks back? Check it out! French knots are super cool!)
|Get more on embroidery:
• How to Embroider a Greeting Card
• Embroidery Term of the Week: Topping
• The Last Stitch: How to Finish Your Hand-Embroidery
• How to Turn Photos into Embroidered Portraits
Split Stitch: The split stitch is great for everything. Outlines? Yep! Letters? You betcha! Fills? Heck, yea! It's the perfect stitch to use on clothing or accessories or anything that's going to get a lot of action since each stitch locks the stitch before it down. I like to use shorter stitches for outlines and letters because they give you more control on curves and such, and a longer stitch on fills so that I'm not stitching until the next Olympics.
That's why it's called a split stitch!
The back of your split stitch should look like the front of the back stitch. That's how you know you're doing it right!
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