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crested chain stitch

Posted by on 05 Oct 2018 | Category:

This decorative stitch combines two parallel lines of chain stitches- the big ones on the bottom line and the tiny ones on the top. This combination results in  ‘crests’ which contributes to the name. It a great stitch to be worked on borders and combined with other stitches in different colors.

I will work this stitch between two parallel stitch lines. You need to know the Chain Stitch to understand this tutorial. 

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Fig 1: Start from the right end of the bottom stitch line. Take the needle in an out as shown and loop the thread around to make a chain stitch.  Fig 2: Next, move to the top stitch line and pluck a little fabric, as shown. Keep it towards the left of the earlier chain made. 
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Fig 3: Loop the thread around the needle, as shown.  Fig 4: Pull out the needle and you will get a formation like this.
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Fig 5: Pass the needle under thread. Be careful not to pluck the fabric under while you do it. Pull the thread all the way gently.  Fig 6: Now, get ready to make the second loop for the chain. Take the needle in through the previous chain and out, as shown. Loop the thread again.
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Fig 5: Pull out the thread and continue by making the smaller chain on the top stitch line. Keep up with this process.  Fig 6: A finished crested chain stitch would look like this. Note the ‘crests’ that got formes. 

surrey stitch

Posted by on 07 Dec 2016 | Category:

This stitch can be used wonderfully on the edges of the fabric to make a threaded effect. It can also be used in successive rows, and later trimmed and cut to make a velvet filling or a bushy effect. This tutorial will only teach you the technique of doing this stitch. Ideally, this stitch sits better on an even weave fabric, but you can also do it over a normal fabric, as illustrated.

Work between two closely drawn parallel stitch lines.

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Fig 1: Go in through A, and come out from B, in the lower stitch line. Leave the thread open.
Now, go in through C, a point directly above A and in the above stitch line. Keep the open thread towards the left, as shown. 
Fig 2: Bring the needle out through A as shown. 
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Fig 3: Now, take the needle in through D and out through A, as in the Fig 1.
Do not pull the thread all the way out. Instead, leave the loop at a length that you desire. 
Fig 4: Keeping the loop long, take the needle in through E, and out through D. 
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Fig 5: Keep up with this processes for the entire row. Remember to keep the loops hanging and at a similar length. You can either leave it like it is, especially if doing edgings.  Fig 6: Else, you can cut the loops to give it a different effect. You can make rows of such stitch to fill a given area. Later, you can cut and trim the threads for a bushy feel. In such a case, remember to begin form the bottom row and work upwards. This will keep you from begin bothered by the threads of the previous row!

surface couching

Posted by on 06 May 2016 | Category:

This is a very basic form of couching. It, essentially, teaches you the technique of couching. This method can be used to make outlines, or layers of this stitch can be made to fill in patterns. Using contrasting colors can create nice and interesting variations. Do not feel afraid to experiment a bit with colors and kinds of threads.

I will work this stitch over a curved line to show how easily this stitch can take meander.

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Fig 1: Start by bringing out a thread (brown in the illustration) for laying from one end of the stitch line. Keep it open.
Now, bring another thread (red in the illustration) out, a little outside the stitch line, and away from the other thread, as shown. 
Fig 2: Now, keep the laid thread over the stitch line. Use the other thread to fasten the laid thread down using a small stitch, as shown. 
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Fig 3: After fastening, the stitch will look like this.  Fig 4: Now, bring the fastening thread out as a short distance from the earlier stitch as shown. Lay the open thread over the stitch line, and again fasten it down with a small stitch. 
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Fig 5: Continue with this method for the entire stitch line. To finish up, pass the laid thread through the fabric and knot it.Make sure the couching thread is brought out at regular intervals to make it look elegant.  Fig 6: A finished couched line will look like this. 

couching family

Posted by on 05 May 2016 | Category:

Couching is a kind of embroidery work where the threads are laid across the pattern and fastened or anchored down with small stitches. This method can be used for filling in a pattern or even outlining.

Couching method of stitching can be seen from different parts of the world, from England, to Palestine, to Japan. The variants of this stitching can be integrated with other stitches, or it can be used exclusively as a part of couching embroidery. The couching method need not be limited to just threads,but can be used to fasten down ribbons or any kind of fancy thread which can add interest to the embroidery. Even the stitches used for fastening down the laid thread can be experimented with, leaving a wide scope for interesting variations. Couching can take on curves very easily, making it a very friendly stitch.

The variants follow the same technique of anchoring down laid threads, but show strong visual differences.

eastern stitch

Posted by on 13 Oct 2015 | Category:

The eastern stitch is an interesting one that can add texture in the worked area. An interesting variation is when you can include a bead to it. If worked on even weave cloth, it can be used a filling stitch too. Here, I will illustrate the simple stitch technique of this stitch. It resembles closely to the sorbello stitch , the reason why I listed this under the Palestrina family of stitches.

This stitch works from left to right. I will work between two parallel stitch lines.

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Fig 1: Start by stitching A-B. Come out from C, in through A again, and then out from D.  Fig 2: Pass the needle under C-A without plucking the fabric underneath. 
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Fig 3: Now, pass the needle under A-B without plucking the fabric underneath.  Fig 4: Pull the needle out and you will see a nice pattern emerge. Take the needle in through D to finish off the stitch.
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Fig 5: A single stitch looks like this. You can make individual stitches like this with spaces or scattered about.
Fig 6: You can also make a row of closely made eastern stitches as shown. Just keep the stitch points B and D of the previous stitch connected to A and C of the next stitch. 


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