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Turkey stitch

  Turkey stitch       Stitch diagrams are © 2012 Metz Press www.metzpress.co.za and Di van Niekerk www.dicraft.co.za     Turkey stitch is a wonderful versatile stitch when you want to add a fluffy texture in your design. A long looped thread is anchored to the fabric with tiny stay stitches. See diagram above.   Make […]

Long and short stitch

  Long and short stitch   This is a good filling stitch. Work with one strand of thread for the best results. When working large areas with two strands, separate the threads before inserting them in the needle. This way, the threads are smooth and untwisted.   Click on the images to enlarge     […]

Single-knotted stitch

  Single-knotted stitch   is a lovely stitch to use when you need a frilly texture – whether it be in the centre of a flower, for a lacy dress or jersey or a little dog. It is also useful for making other furry creatures and teddy bears.   Click on image to enlarge   […]

Long and short Buttonhole stitch

  Long and short buttonhole stitch     This stitch is ideal for stumpwork leaves and shapes. It forms a smooth, raised edge which allows the shape to be cut out quite safely :)           Fill in the empty spaces with long and short stitch.           ..and […]

Padded satin stitch

  Padded Satin stitch Use for shapes that require a neat, rounded edge. First outline the shape in split or stem stitch, or use back stitch. Cover with satin stitch, making the stitches close together, stitching over the outlined edge for a padded effect. Click on the image to enlarge © 2012  www.dicraft.co.za  and www.metzpress.co.za   To […]

French Knot Rose

  A French knot rose is ideal for making small flowers and roses.   Click on images to enlarge..       1. Use 2, 4 or 7mm silk ribbon or 6mm organza ribbon 2. Wrap the ribbon once or twice around your needle as if you were making a French knot, but instead of inserting […]

Loop stitch

  Loop stitch   Loop stitch is useful for making clusters of small flowers or leaves.    In the example below you will see the orange and lavender flowers which were made this way…       Use silk or organza ribbon and working over a spare tapestry needle, form a loose loop as shown […]

Whipped straight stitch

  Whipped straight stitch      Whipped straight stitch is most effective if you do not like making bullion knots.   Use thread, wool or ribbon and make a straight stitch. Come up where you started and pull the thread, wool or ribbon to tighten the stitch. Wrap the stitch with ribbon, thread or wool, […]

Bullion knot stitch

  Bullion Knot stitch   Also known as caterpillar stitch, worm stitch, roll stitch and Puerto Rico Rose.   Bullion knot stitch, more prominent than a French knot, is most effective when you require a dense, rounded petal or stamen. Use one stitch for a single stamen or work them close together to form rosettes. […]

Buttonhole stitch over wire

  Buttonhole stitch is useful for covering the wired edge of a shape, like a leaf or a wing.   Click on image to enlarge       Come up on the outside edge of the wire and make a buttonhole stitch over the wire. Work from left to right, stab-stitch-style: take needle and thread […]

Blanket/Buttonhole stitch

  Blanket/Buttonhole stitch     Blanket or buttonhole stitches are useful when you need a neat, raised edge.   Work the stitches from left to right.   For blanket stitch: make the stitches further apart.   For buttonhole stitch: make the stitches close together, as you would for a buttonhole on a shirt…     […]

Pistil stitch - extended French knot

  Pistil stitch   Pistil stitch is an extended or elongated French knot….     Make one, two or three wraps around the needle as you would with a French knot, but instead of inserting the needle close to where the thread emerges, insert it further away, depending on the size of the stalk that […]

Folded straight stitch

  Folded Straight stitch   Click on the image to enlarge       Folded straight stitch works well with ribbon and is ideal for bent stems or grass. The ribbon can be twisted as shown, or kept flat.   Insert the needle back where the fold needs to be, and stitch over the ribbon as […]

Padded straight stitch

  Padded straight stitch     Click on image to enlarge           Padded straight stitch works well with ribbon when you require a puffed-up stitch for a rose bud or a petal of a flower.   To form the stitch, make a smaller straight stitch first and cover it with a […]

Twisted straight stitch

  Twisted straight stitch     Click on image to enlarge           Twisted straight stitch works well with ribbon. To form the stem of a flower and long blades of grass, (or for an interesting variation on pointed leaves,) twist the ribbon before inserting your needle to the back.   Here […]

How to use woolly fibre to create a little bird...

     How to use woolly fibre to create a little bird   Hello ♫♬♪ it’s weekend!     Today I will show you how to make a little bird with woolly fibre…    Click on the images to enlarge.   This method creates a fluffy texture…. and you won’t have to fill in all […]

Running stitch

      Running stitch This stitch can be made in thread or ribbon. If the the fabric is stretched in a hoop or frame, you may find it easier to form the stitches stab-stitch-style: take the needle and thread all the way to the back of your work before coming up to form the […]

Fly stitch

Fly stitch Fly stitch is worked the same way as you would with a detached chain stitch or lazy daisy stitch, but insert the needle a short distance away from where the first stitch emerged:           Anchor the stitch by taking the needle to the back of your work each time. […]

Chain stitch and whipped chain-stitch

  Chain stitch and whipped chain-stitch   1. Make a foundation row of chain stitches   click on the images to enlarge                     2. Wrap each stitch once (or several times) with silk ribbon or thread.                 Here is […]

Back stitch and whipped back-stitch

  Back stitch and whipped back -stitch   1. Make a foundation row of back stitches   Click on images to enlarge                     2. Wrap each stitch once (or several times) with silk ribbon or thread.                     […]

Spider-Web Rose

    Spider-Web Rose Spider-Web Rose is a lovely stitch to use for beautiful, realistic roses.   Click on the image to enlarge             Use one or two strands of thread to make five foundation spokes   Change to 4 or 7mm silk, or 6mm organza ribbon.   Thread up […]

Stem stitch rose

Click on the image to enlarge   Make one or many French knots in the centre of the rose. Use two strands of thread, and wrap two or three times around the needle. Or you could use 2 or 4mm silk ribbon and wrap it once or twice around your needle. Form the petals of […]

French knot

French knot Click on the image to enlarge French knots are ideal filling stitches for background trees and other detail. Also useful for the centre of flowers.   For finer detail, use one strand of thread (separate one strand from the six) For a heavier texture: use 2 or 4mm silk ribbon or perlé thread. […]

Loose/puffed ribbon stitch

Click on the image to enlarge To form loose, puffed leaves, work over a spare tapestry needle (or similar object). Work with a gentle tension so that the stitches are raised off the surface of the fabric.   Stitch diagram is © Metz Press and Di van Niekerk.  

Couching

Click on image to enlarge   Couching: To form interesting stems and branches, or to make basket handles or bicycle wheels, couch thicker yarns or wire in place. This is a good stitch to use when yarn is too thick to thread up in a needle. Use one or two strands of thread and couch […]

Detached chain or lazy daisy

Click on image to enlarge Detached chain stitch or lazy daisy: A single stitch is formed at a time for interesting leaves and a circle of stitches makes a lazy daisy flower. Come up and make a loop. Take the needle and ribbon all the way to the back, holding the loop in place. Come […]

Straight stitch with ribbon

Click on image to enlarge   Straight stitches, worked with ribbon in different lengths, are ideal for making stems, blades of grass and thin, pointed leaves. Best worked with the fabric stretched in a hoop or frame. It is a good idea to work over a spare tapestry needle (or similar object) when you make the […]

Ribbon stitch

Click on image to enlarge Ribbon stitch is probably the stitch which is the most used stitch of all the stitches in ribbon embroidery. To make the stitch, pierce the ribbon before taking the needle to the back. Hold the stitch with your finger as you pull the ribbon through your fabric and stop pulling […]

Straight or stab stitch with thread

Click on image to enlarge   Straight or stab stitches, worked in different lengths, are ideal for making stems, blades of grass and thin, pointed leaves. The stitches should be neither too loose, nor too tight, and work with the fabric stretched in a hoop or frame. Stitches are made stab-stitch-style: take the needle and […]

Working with two needles

Click on image to enlarge When working with two needles: always ensure that one of the needles (with thread or ribbon) lies on the top of your work whilst you stitch with the other. This way, the thread and ribbon won’t become tangled at the back of your work  

Stem stitch

Click on image to enlarge Stem stitch. A slight variation on the traditional stem stitch, this is a way to form a finer line which works well with this kind of embroidery. Instead of making the traditional slanted stitches, insert the needle along an imaginary or drawn line as shown. Longer stitches of 1 to […]


 

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