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chevron stitch family

Posted by on 14 Oct 2013 | Category:

This family of stitches follow a kind of zig zag pattern. This stitch creates beautiful wave pattern. This stitch is continuous and can follow easy curves.

Rows of this stitch is used in smocking and is known as the honeycomb stitch. Such rows of this stitch can be used otherwise too, for filling or for providing patterns. 

 

needles

Posted by on 10 May 2013 | Category:

A needle is the main stitching tool that has been used since times immemorial. Needles have a sharp tip at one end which is used to pierce through the fabric. The other end of the needle has a small hole or opening called the ‘eye’. The thread is passed through this eye.

Needles come in various sizes and types. While some needles, especially sharp ones, are used for stitching, there are some other kinds that are used for knitting or crochet work.

This page illustrates some needles. Information on more types of needles will be added.

sharps   embroidery_needles
Sharps: These needles are used for common sewing purpose. It has a sharp point and a round eye. These needles come medium length, one factor with which you can differentiate it from the other types of needles.      Crewel / embroidery needles: These needles are similar to sharps, but has a longer eye to accomodate more number of embroidery floss or threads.
     
quilting_needles   tapestry_chenille_needles
Betweens / quilting needles: These needles are shorter and thinner with a samll round eye. They are used for fine stitches on heavy fabric or layers of fabric.   Tapestry needles and Chenille needles: These needles have long eye to accomodate more number of threads and even ribbons. While the tapestry needle is blunt, chenille needles are sharp. 
     
milliners'_needles    beading_needles
Milliner’s needles: These needles are longer than sharps. They are good for basting and pleating. Its eye has the same size as that of the needle shaft, and so passing through pleats of fabric is comfortable.    Beading needles: These needles are very thin with really thin eye. This thin nature makes the needle pass through the holes of beads easily.
     
crochet_needles    knitting_needles
Crochet needles: These are long needles without an eye. These needles are used for crochet work, which does not involve the need to pierce through fabric, and so, it does not have a sharp end too.
Crochet technique uses hooking and pulling out the thread, and so, the head of the crochet needle comes with hooks of various sizes. What size to use depends on the size of the thread that is used.
  Knitting needles: These are long needles that come in various sizes and width. Knitting needles does not have an eye, as it is not used to stitch through fabrics, but knit. So, it does not even have a sharp end, but a tapering end.

glossary

Posted by on 10 May 2013 | Category:

This section will give you information of the various terms and tools you can associate with hand embroidery. I have tried to keep it as simple as possible without sophisticating with too much details. 

Each page could be updated with more details and information in the future.

You can click here to go directly into each page of details:

1. Needles

 

 

eyelet stitch

Posted by on 15 Feb 2013 | Category:

This stitch resembles a small eye on a doll. Eyelet stitch is particularly nice when done in the same color as the fabric, like white on white. This stitch helps to create a small hole in the fabric with a work around it. You can work with this technique, no matter how big the hole.

eyelet_stitch_1      eyelet_stitch_2
Fig 1: To begin with, puncture a hole in fabric. I used a nail to do that. Now, draw a stitch line around it. The area between the drawn line and the hole will be filled with stitches.
Bring out the needle from one end of the stitch line as shown. Take the needle in through the hole and bring it out again from the stitch line, as near as possible to the previous point.
  Fig 2: Keep up with this simple procedure. Work all around the hole. To make the hole more visible, just pull the thread out tighter.

Instead of a circled stitch line around the hole, you can also experiment with any other shapes, like square or an oval.

     
eyelet_stitch_3   Fig 3: A finished eyelet stitch looks like this.

fishnet stitch

Posted by on 28 Jan 2013 | Category:

This is a very nice looking and interesting filling stitch. As the name suggests, the filling would give a fishnet appearance. The fish net is created without touching the background fabric, while pinning down only on the sides. This stitch is ideal for fillings that need a netted appearance.

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

fishnet_stitch_1      fishnet_stitch_2
Fig 1: To begin with, make a foundation row of blanket stitch.   Fig 2: When you reach the right end of the row, we get ready to make the fishnet. For that, take the needle in through B and out through C, a point little above B, as shown. The stitch A-B will pin down the last blanket stitch to the side.
     
fishnet_stitch_3   fishnet_stitch_4
Fig 3: Now, we work a blanket stitch row from right to left, taking in through each blanket stitch of the previous row, as shown. Do not pluck the fabric beneath.
For some, it might be easier to work the balnket stitch upside down than to work from right to left.
  Fig 4: When you reach the end of this row, take the needle in through D and out through E, as shown. This pins down the second row on the side. 
Then, work a row of blanket stitch from left to right. Keep up with this procedure of working blanket stitches back and forth.
     
fishnet_stitch_5   fishnet_stitch_6
Fig 5: When you reach the last row, finish up by stitching a row of blanket stitch through the fabric, as shown. Through the stitching, you will find the fish net crunching up. Don’t worry, when you finish, the last row of blanket stitch will pull up the fishnet to shape.   Fig 6: The fishnet would look like this.

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