Posts Tagged 'flat stitch'

flat stitch

Posted by on 24 May 2010 | Category:

This stitch has technical similarities to the fishbone stitch and the opened fishbone stitch. The difference is that this stitch cannot give sharp ends, and therefore, is not  ideal for leaves with tapering ends. Instead, this is one of  the best stitches to fill in flower petals.

I will be working on a petal shaped pattern to demonstrate. The pattern has been divided into four by two lines inside. The lines are called A,B,C and D.

flat_stitch_1     flat_stitch_2
Fig 1: Bring the needle out from the line A and put it in through line C. Give it a slight slant, but not too much.   Fig 2: Bring the needle out through line D and put it in through the line B. Again, bring out the needle through A and continue the procedure. Remember to keep the stitches close to each other.
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Fig 3: The trick for a neat pattern is to keep the points on A and D parallel with each other. Similarly, keep the points on B and C parallel to each other. Half way through, our pattern will look like this.   Fig 4: The completed pattern will look like this.

opened fishbone stitch

Posted by on 31 Mar 2010 | Category:

This stitch is similar to the fishbone stitch, with a requirement to divide the pattern into two. The difference is that the stitches in the centre of the pattern does not fall on the stitch line, but on its either sides. This helps to make the stitches far spaced to create the open fishbone effect.

It is good to know the fishbone stitch to understand this stitch. I will work on a leaf shaped pattern. I have marked the centre with a stitch line. The lines are named X, Y and Z for the ease of the lesson.

opened_fishbone_stitch_1      opened_fishbone_stitch_2
Fig 1: Like in fishbone stitch, first, bring out the needle through A, which is the top tip of the leaf. Take it in through B, a point on line Y. Then, bring it out through C, a point on line X.
It is not essential to do the stitch A-B. You have the option of starting the stitch from the point C.
  Fig 2: Now, put in the needle through D, which is a point just outside the line Y. Bring out the needle through E, a point on line Z.
opened_fishbone_stitch_3   opened_fishbone_stitch_4
Fig 3: Follow this pattern of stitching alternatley on the lines X and Y. Be careful that no stitch will fall on the line Y, but only on its either sides.   Fig 4: A completed leaf pattern will look like this.

fishbone stitch

Posted by on 31 Mar 2010 | Category:

This is a kind of filling stitch which is ideal for making leaves or feathers. It requires us to divide the pattern into two and each side is filled alternately giving it a plaited effect in the centre, thus ideal to make leaves or feathers.

I will work on a leaf pattern, which I have divided in the centre with a stitch line. To make the lesson easier, I have named the lines as X, Y and Z.

fishbone_stitch_1   fishbone_stitch_2
Fig 1: To begin with, bring the needle out through point A, which is the top tip of line Y. Put it in through B, to make a single straight stitch.   Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out from a point very close to A on the the line X. Put it in through a point very close to B on line Y. Again pull out the needle through a point very close to A on line Z.
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Fig 3: This procedure of putting in the needle through X and Z alternatively will follow. Each time we will be connecting X-Y and Y-Z.   Fig 4: Make sure all the stitch points lie close to each other to avoid any visible spaces.
fishbone_stitch_5           fishbone_stitch_6
Fig 5: Half way through, our leaf would look like this. You can see the rib being formed.   Fig 6: Once finished, the filled leaf would look like this.

fishbone stitch family

Posted by on 26 Mar 2010 | Category:

Fishbone stitch of family deals with filling patterns by dividing the pattern into two parts. The stitch is then done on each part of the pattern alternately. The final effect of the stitch would be a rib like formation in the centre of the pattern. This formation is especially helpful when we are making leaves or feathers. The effect it gives is more realistic.

Depending on the pattern to be made, there are various ways to go about executing these stitches. Though all of them might look essentially alike, they differ slightly in their execution.

These stitches might fall in the satin stitch family in a more general or broader sense, but the nature of these stitches forced me to place them under a seperate family altogether. 🙂

I shall provide with an embroidery sample as soon as I have one.

brick stitch

Posted by on 26 Jan 2010 | Category:

Also known as: Long and short stitch

This stitch is a way of filling patterns, especially when the pattern is very big for satin stitch to be followed. Here, the stitches are laid in a brick like fashion. Shading can be done using this stitch by using a different colored thread for each subsequent row.

Here, the pattern is divided into smaller sections. Every alternate stitch will be small and half the size of the previous stitch. This is how the brick like effect comes into being. The lesson will help you to understand this.

My pattern to fill will be a leaf shape. Click on the picture for a zoomed in version.  

brick_stitch_1   brick_stitch_2
Fig 1: The leaf is divided into sections marked by A, B, C, D and so forth. 
We begin stitching from the broader end of the leaf towards the stitch lines A and B alternately. The stitches falling on A are short and the stitches falling on B are long. 
  Fig 2: Now, we stitch the next row. This time, all the stitches will be of the same length. So, stitches from A will fall on C and stitches from B will fall on D.
brick_stitch_3    Fig 3: Keep tapering the stitch as you go down. Note that, it is only in the first row that we do the stitches long and short. For the rows that follow, all the stitches are of the same length, but show up long and short due to the effect we made in the first section. 🙂
A finished leaf would look like this.