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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. 

threaded chevron stitch

Posted by on 18 Oct 2013 | Category:

This is just a decorative variation of the chevron stitch family. You need to know the chevron stitch to be able to continue with this tutorial. 

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Fig 1: First, stitch a row of chevron stitch.    Fig 2: Bring out a contrasted threaded needle from the left end of the chevron stitch row. Pass the needle in and out of the diagonal stitches, as shown.
threaded_chevron_stitch_3   Fig 3: A finished portion of this stitch looks like this. 

chevron stitch

Posted by on 14 Oct 2013 | Category:

This stitch follows a zig zag pattern. It can follow easy curves and can be used creatively to create fillings.

I will work this stitch between two parallel stitch lines. 

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Fig 1: Bring the needle through A. Take the needle in through B, a point diagonal to A. Now, come out through C and go in through D, as shown. B would lie between C and D. Come out from B.   

Fig 2: Now, go in through E, out from F and in through G as shown. E lies in the middle of F and G. Come back out through E. 

Continue with this process.

chevron_stitch_3   Fig 3: A finished line of this stitch looks like this. 

TOI features Sarah’s Embroidery

Posted by on 30 Sep 2013 | Category:

Times of India featured our hand embroidery tutorials in their bookmarks section:

Sarah's Hand Embroidery featured in Times of India


Sarah's Hand Embroidery featured in Times of India


Thanks to all our readers for the encouragement and feedback :)

Rocksea and Sarah


turkey rug knot

Posted by on 09 Jan 2013 | Category:

Also known as: Ghiordes knot

This is a very interesting stitch which can be used in many ways to create different effects, like make ‘hairy’ fillings or rug like edgings.

I would work over a straight stitch line. You can also try the edge of a fabric to create this stitch.

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Fig 1: To begin, do not knot the thread ending as we would normally. Like in the illustration, put the needle in through A. Leave a length of thread. Now, bring out the needle through B, in through C and again out through A. The point A lies in the middle of B-C.    Fig 2: Now, take the needle in through D and out through C. The point C lies in the middle of A-D. Make sure you do not pull the thread looping between A-D is pulled through completely, but left as a loop.
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Fig 3: Now, continue this process, each time leaving a loop of thread. Try to keep all the loops of the same length.   Fig 4: A finished row of this stitch would look like this. This adds nice finishing touch when the loops fall free out of the edgings.
turkey_rug_knot_5   Fig 5: You can bring out a different effect by cutting these loops in the middle leaving the threads to hang open. The closer the stitches, the denser it will look.

You can also do fillings by doing rows of closely stiched turkey rug knots to cover the  inside of the pattern. Later, cut the loops and trim it to desired length. This gives a ‘velvety or hairy effect to the pattern fillings.

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