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pendant couching

Posted by on 06 Feb 2018 | Category:

This is an interesting variation of surface couching. The laid thread is left open at one end and pinned down at regular intervals. The laid thread is then pulled out slightly between two stitches to make pendant shapes. This great and creative variation of couching can be used for decorating edges and sides. It might require a certain amount of patience to create the ‘pendants’ if the stitch line is long. So, it is suggested to break a long line into shorter ones to manage it better.

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Fig 1: Start by drawing two parallel stitch lines. Now, bring out a thread (red) for laying, from one end of the top stitch line. Keep it open.


Fig 2: Now, bring another thread (brown) out, a little outside the stitch line, as shown. Keeping  the laid thread over the stitch line, use the other thread to anchor it down using small stitches, as shown.
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Fig 3: Once the entire line of laid thread is anchored down with little stitches, we can start making creating the ‘pendants’. Use the back of the needle and pull out the laid thread between two anchors, starting from the open end, as shown. Here, I start from the right end. Pull the thread only until the parallel stitch line.  Fig 4: Now, Keep moving towards left as you progress in pulling the laid thread between each anchor. When you reach the left end, between the first two anchors, stop. Then, repeat the same process till you have pulled out a ‘pendant’ between each anchor. 
Fig 5: Once you have pulled out thread between every anchors, you can take the open end of the laid thread into the fabric and knot it.
A finished line of pendant couching will look like this. You will see a series of ‘U’ shape which can be twisted to give a circle shape as you will notice in the picture. Either way, the irregularity is the beauty of this stitch.  

underside couching

Posted by on 10 Nov 2016 | Category:

Unlike the surface couching, where the couching thread sits on the surface of the fabric, the underside couching technique allows it to pass through the fabric and hide under the fabric.
Visually, it might end up looking like the backstitch. Now, underside couching was used during medieval times in Ecclesiastical embroidery or church embroidery, where metallic threads were used often. Since it was tricky to pull the metallic threads in and out of the fabric, it was probably much easier to couch it down and hide the couching thread on the reverse of the fabric. The technique is pretty much similar to what a machine does when stitching.

This stitch can be used to fill up portions of the pattern, as it was used to in various medieval embroideries. I will use simple cotton floss to illustrate this stitch, and work over a curved line to show how easily this stitch can 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, on the stitch line, as shown. 
Fig 2: Now, keep the laid thread over the stitch line and roll it over to the side slightly. Anchor the laid thread down with the couching thread, but pass the needle through the point that you brought it out from, as shown.  
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Fig 3: Now, pull the couching thread from the reverse side till the laid thread is fastened as shown.  Fig 4: Now, with a slight tension, keep pulling the couching thread till it disappears into the fabric, pulling the laid thread with it. 
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Fig 5: Continue with this method for the entire stitch line. A finished underside couching row would look like this. Fig 6: The reverse side of the fabric would look like this- more like a surface couching!

antwerp edging stitch

Posted by on 11 Feb 2016 | Category:

Also known as: knot stitch edging, antwerp stitch

This a very pretty looking edging stitch which looks like a blanket stitch with a knot. It can be made loosely, and is generally used for more of a decorative purpose, than for securing the edges as with blanket stitches.
The antwerp edging stitch is used is Hardanger Embroidery.

If you know the blanket stitch, it will be easy to understand this tutorial. Though this is an edging stitch, I will work between two parallel stitch lines, to teach the technique.

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Fig 1: Start by doing a blanket stitch between the two stitch lines, as shown.    Fig 2: Now, before you pull out the needle completely to secure the stitch, pass the needle under the loop as shown. Do not pluck the fabric underneath. 
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Fig 3: Twist the thread around the needle as shown. This is the twist that will help create the knot.    Fig 4: Pull the thread to tighten the loop of the blanket stitch. However, this is optional when you do over an actual edge. If you want a loose edging, you can leave the loop loose. 
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Fig 5: Pull out the needle to secure the knot. Continue to make more blanket stitches with the knot.   Fig 6: A finished line of edging would look like this. I have made this edging tight for the sake of clarity. 

knotted diamond stitch

Posted by on 20 Apr 2014 | Category:

This stitch is very decorative with diamond formations. The edges of the diamonds are knotted, which explains the name. The knotted diamond stitch can require some amount of patience from beginners before you get the hang of it. This stitch is worked between two parallel stitch lines. It is better worked from top to bottom.

 Fig 1: Start by making a straight stitch A-B, between the two stitch lines.             Fig 2: Come out from a point C, a little below B. Now, take the needle under the stitch A-B, without plucking the fabric underneath. Twist the thread around the needle from the left, as shown.
 Fig 3: Pull the needle out towards the right hand side. This creates a small knot on the right side, as you can see. Now, to create a same kind of knot on the left edge, take the needle under the stitch A-B, and twist the thread around the needle from the left as before.    Fig 4: Pull out the needle gently towards the left and create the knot on the left edge. This also makes a new straight stitch below the first one. Now, to create a knot in the middle, bring out the needle from the point D, as shown. Then, take the needle under the new straight stitch and twist the thread around the needle, this time, from the right side.
 Fig 5: Pull out the needle gently towards you. This creates a knot in the center. Take in the needle through E, a point parallel to D. Now, bring out the needle through F. As illustrated, take the needle under the right portion of the previous stitch and twist the thread around the needle, pull it out to create a knot. Continue with the procedure by taking the needle under the left portion of the previous stitch, and so forth.    Fig 6:  A finished portion will look like this. 

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mirrored chevron stitch

Posted by on 20 Nov 2013 | Category:

This stitch, as the name suggests, is two rows of chevron stitches mirroring each other. Infinite rows of this stitch can be created to make beautiful fillings with effect. Try using different colors for each row or shades of the same color for different effects. 

You need to know the chevron stitch to be able to do this stitch. 

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Fig 1: Start by doing a row of chevron stitch. Then, start doing another row of chevron stitch below the first. Only, this time, it begins inverted, as shown.    Fig 2: All the points of the top row and the bottom row would coincide, as you can see. This creates the ‘mirrored’ effect. 
 mirrored_chevron_stitch_3   Fig 3: A portion of the two rows looks like this. 

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