Posts Tagged 'filling stitch'

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. 

wave stitch

Posted by on 05 Oct 2015 | Category:

This stitch is just an inverted version of the fly stitch. In fact, you will be making only one row of the inverted fly stitch, the subsequent rows are made by just looping into the previous fly stitches! This makes very good motif fillings with texture. This stitch also gives you a lot of scope to experiment with different colors. Try doing each row with different colors or shades to get a unique look every time.

You need to know the fly stitch to be able to continue with this tutorial. You can start working this stitch from left to right.

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Fig 1: Make a row of fly stitches with a short tail, and slightly spaced from each other, as shown. Make sure they are inverted, and looks like an upside down ‘V’.
After you finish with the last fly stitch, turn around and come out from the next row, as illustrated. You can also start the next row fresh with a different colored thread.
Fig 2: Take the needle in through the first leg of the last fly stitch in the previous row, ans take the needle in through the fabric to make an inverted V.
Come out again, and take the needle under the two legs of the previous fly stitches, as shown. Keep up with this procedure. Make multiple rows of such fly stitches to fill the motif.
wave_stitch_3 Fig 3: A filled area would look like this.
Try experimenting with different shades and colors for each row.

chevron filling stitch

Posted by on 24 Sep 2015 | Category:

This is an interesting stitch that can be used for fillings. It uses parallel rows of chevron stitches, and adds texture to the filled motif.  This stitch allows you to experiment widely with colors. For instance, you can use a different color for each row of the chevron stitch.

You need to know the chevron stitch to be able to continue with this tutorial.

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Fig 1: Stitch a row of chevron stitch as.  Start another row of  chevron stitch right below the previous row. Fig 2: Fill in each gap made in the previous row while stitching the next row.
Continue making parallel rows of chevron stitches to fill the desired motif.
chevron_filling_stitch_3 Fig 3: A filled area would look like this.
Try experimenting with different shades of a color for each row of this stitch. You can also try alternate colors for an interesting variation.

basket stitch

Posted by on 30 Nov 2012 | Category:

This stitch is useful, especially if you want to fill broad stems. The weaves come out beautifully making it an interesting stitch to do, especially with threads like perle cotton or silk. The curves take on easily, but not too sharp curves.

I will work between two parallel stitch lines.

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Fig 1: Bring the needle out from A, go in through B and out through C, as shown. Points A and B are diagonal to each other, while B and C are at the same level.   Fig 2: Now, we do a diagonal stitch upwards. So,go in through D and come out through E. Note that E lies at a point between A and B, and at the same level as D. 
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Fig 3: Now, we continue with doing diagonal stitches between the stitch lines, each one parallel to the earlier ones. So, take the needle in through F and out through G, as shown. E-F is parallel to A-B.   Fig 4: Then, we do an upward diagonal stitch G-B, taking out the needle through C. So, from now on, we revisit earlier stitch points when working upward diagonal stitches.
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Fig 5: Follow this technique making upward and downward diagonal stitches woven into each other.   Fig 6: The final effect would be like this. You can space them out or even close them in to suit your convenience.


open cretan stitch

Posted by on 11 Nov 2011 | Category:

This stitch is an open variation of the cretan stitch. It gives a very spaced out look and defines the features of the cretan stitch clearly. It can be used imaginatively as a motif stitch or otherwise.

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

I will be working between four stitch lines A, B, C, D, to illustrate this stitch.

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Fig 1: We start by bringing the needle out from B, taking it in through D and out again through C.  Keep the needle above the thread as shown.   Fig 2:  Now take the needle in through A and out from B, with the needle above the thread, as shown. Remember to keep the points spaced out enough to give it an open look.
 open_cretan_stitch_3   Fig 3: A finished row would look like this.  

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