Posts Tagged 'hand embroidery'

knotted diamond stitch

Posted by on 20 Apr 2014 | Category:

This stitch is very decorative with diamond formations. The edges of the diamonds are knotted, which explains the name. The knotted diamond stitch can require some amount of patience from beginners before you get the hang of it. This stitch is worked between two parallel stitch lines. It is better worked from top to bottom.

 Fig 1: Start by making a straight stitch A-B, between the two stitch lines.             Fig 2: Come out from a point C, a little below B. Now, take the needle under the stitch A-B, without plucking the fabric underneath. Twist the thread around the needle from the left, as shown.
 Fig 3: Pull the needle out towards the right hand side. This creates a small knot on the right side, as you can see. Now, to create a same kind of knot on the left edge, take the needle under the stitch A-B, and twist the thread around the needle from the left as before.    Fig 4: Pull out the needle gently towards the left and create the knot on the left edge. This also makes a new straight stitch below the first one. Now, to create a knot in the middle, bring out the needle from the point D, as shown. Then, take the needle under the new straight stitch and twist the thread around the needle, this time, from the right side.
 Fig 5: Pull out the needle gently towards you. This creates a knot in the center. Take in the needle through E, a point parallel to D. Now, bring out the needle through F. As illustrated, take the needle under the right portion of the previous stitch and twist the thread around the needle, pull it out to create a knot. Continue with the procedure by taking the needle under the left portion of the previous stitch, and so forth.    Fig 6:  A finished portion will look like this. 

P.S : Thank you for all the contributions for the e-book. We are STILL open to contributions.


contribute your hand embroidery

Posted by on 30 Nov 2013 | Category:

We have been working on our hand embroidery ebook and we would like it to feature some of your works as samples. Please contribute your embroidery work as attachments in the reply/comment box below.

Try to upload the images in the highest possible quality, and remember to mention the stitches used, along with your name and location. Selected images will be  featured in the book with due credits, and the featured contributors will be gifted a copy of the ebook.

Check out some of the user samples at the pictured comments page.

hand embroidery - user sample
Sample from Maria Tenorio

Sarah’s Hand Embroidery E-Book

187 of 210 Stitches [89%]



We could not thank enough for the overwhelming contributions from everyone. They are all great pieces of work. We appreciate the effort and time you took to make them, take pictures, and send them to us. We are still working on the e-book. So, we are still open to contributions. Looking forward to many more.  🙂

Dated: April 20th, 2014
Sarah and Rocksea


staggered chevron stitch

Posted by on 22 Oct 2013 | Category:

This is just a ‘fun’ variation of the regular chevron stitch. The stitch technique remains same, but creates an asymmetric effect. 

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

staggered_chevron_stitch Fig 1: Follow the chevron stitch technique, but don’t keep between two stitch lines. Bring about a disorganization in the stitch to create this effect. 

detached chevron stitch

Posted by on 17 Oct 2013 | Category:

If you already know chevron stitch, this stitch is quite self explained and easy. Detached chevron stitch is just a segment of the chevron stitch, that looks like a ‘pi’ sign.  🙂 

detached_chevron_stitch_1      detached_chevron_stitch_2
Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A. Go diagonally in through B and out through C, as shown.    Fig 2: Now, take the needle in through D. B should lie midway between C-D. Come back out through B. 
detached_chevron_stitch_3   Fig 3: Finish it off as shown to get a pattern 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


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