Posts Tagged 'knot family'

danish knot

Posted by on 12 Jul 2013 | Category:

Also known as: danish knotted stitch

This is a simple, stand alone knot. Danish knot can be used in plenty as a filing or scatter them around for decoration.

danish_knot_1      danish_knot_2
Fig 1: As shown, bring the needle out through A. Take the needle in through B, and out through C. The points B and C lies diagonally to A, making a triangle position.   Fig 2: Now, take the needle under the stitch A-B, from the right and without plucking the fabric beneath. Next, take the needle under the stitch A-B again. Loop the thread around the needle as shown. Pull the needle out. This makes a danish knot. 

Fig 3: To finish up, take the needle in just outside the loop to anchor the stitch.

A danish knot looks like this. 


sorbello stitch

Posted by on 26 Dec 2009 | Category:

This stitch looks like series of crosses or Xs with a knot in between each X. Once you learn this stitch, you can experiment widely with this stitch by making various geometrical patterns like circles. You will then see how the same stitch could look differently wtih each pattern. 🙂

I will follow a slightly  curved line. This stitch is done from left to right.  The thinner the thread or bigger the base, the more it accentuates the feature of this stitch.

sorbello_stitch_1      sorbello_stitch_2
Fig 1: Start by bringing out the needle through A and putting it in through B. Both these points lie above the stitch line. Then, bring the needle out through C which lies right under A and below the stitch line.   Fig 2: Keep the stitch A-B a bit loose. Take the needle under A-B without plucking the fabric beneath.
sorbello_stitch_3 sorbello_stitch_4
Fig 3: Now, once again take the needle under A-B as shown in the illustration.   Fig 4: Pull the needle out to get a knot as shown above and slightly pull it down to bend the stitch A-B towards the centre. Then, put the needle in through D, a point right under B and below the stitch line. Bring it back up again from B as shown.
sorbello_stitch_5   sorbello_stitch_6
Fig 5: Continue the procedure by taking the needle in through E, which lies above the stitch line and bring it out through D. Make the knot and pull the stitch B-E towards the centre so that the knot falls on the stitch line. Keep up with this procedure for the entire design.
  Fig 6: A finished line of sorbello stitch would look like this. Using a thinner thread would have accentuated the features of this stitch.
sorbello_stitch_7   Fig 7: This is a sample of the sorbello stitch done on a broader base. Here, you can see the features of this stitch more clearly.

reversed palestrina stitch

Posted by on 15 Dec 2009 | Category:

This stitch is worked similar to the palestrina stitch, but in an entirely reversed fashion. We work this from right to left. What was right becomes left and left becomes right. Top becomes bottom and bottom becomes top. 😀

I will use a curved stitch line to do this stitch.

reversed_palestrina_1      reversed_palestrina_2
Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A which lies slightly above the stitch line. Then, take the needle in through B which lies on the stitch line, right below A. Bring the needle out through C which lies on the left of B and on the stitch line.   Fig 2: Take the needle under the stitch A-B without plucking the fabric beneath. Note that the needle is angled below the point C.
reversed_palestrina_3   reversed_palestrina_4
Fig 3: Now, bring the needle from under A-B, but this time from above the point C. Loop the thread around the needle as shown.   Fig 4: Pull the needle out to form the knot. Continue the procedure to form more knots on the stitch line. 
reversed_palestrina_5   Fig 5: A finished line of reversed palestrina stitch would look like this

bullion knot

Posted by on 01 Dec 2009 | Category:

Also known as: bullion stitch, caterpillar stitch, coil stitch, knot stitch, post stitch, worm stitch, porto rico rose, grub knot

This is an interesting stitch used to make simple motifs. I would say that this is an ‘elongated’ knot which can be used liberally to group together and make dense textures. This stitch gives an embossed look, contibuting to the brazilian embroidery that uses stitches of 3D nature. 🙂

Note to use a Milliners needle for this stitch. A milliners needle has the same thickness throughout its length, thus making the passing of the wound thread through the needle easy. You will be saving a lot of frustration by using this needle. 😀

bullion_knot_1       bullion_knot_2
Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A and put the needle through B at a desired length.   Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out through A again. Then, wind the thread around the needle as shown. The  distance of wound thread should measure the same as the distance between A and B.
Too many or too less wraps will spoil the stitch.
bullion_knot_3   bullion_knot_4
Fig 3: Then, hold the wrapped thread with your fingers and pull the needle out with the other finger. Keep pulling the needle completely in an upward direction till the wraps lay on the fabric as shown above. Adjust and straighten the wraps if required and put in the needle back through B.   Fig 4: The finished bullion stitch would look like this. 

scroll stitch

Posted by on 01 Oct 2009 | Category:

This stitch reminds me more of a ‘wave’. Certainly a gorgeous stitch to fill in patterns. It can also make beautiful looking borders or can be used as a decorative stitch in various embroideries.

Scroll stitch is worked from left to right. I will be following a curved stitch line to demonstrate this stitch.

 scroll stitch 1         scroll stitch 2
Fig 1: Bring out the needle from the left end of the stitch line.  Now, at a short distance towards right, take the needle in and out of the fabric from either side of the stitch line. Keep the thread below the needle while you do this. Don’t pull out the needle completely.    Fig 2: Next, turn the thread around from under the needle again, to form a circle as shown above.
 scroll stitch 3    scroll stitch 4
 Fig 3: Pull the needle out completely to get a stitch as seen above.    Fig 4: Continue this pattern of action of making circles around the needle as you progress towards the right.
 scroll stitch 5  
Fig 5: A finished line of scroll stitch will look like this.

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