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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. 


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.
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Try experimenting with different shades and colors for each row.

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