Posts Tagged 'knots'

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!

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. 


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.

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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. 


four legged knot stitch

Posted by on 17 Jan 2013 | Category:

This is a very easy stand alone single knot stitch. It looks like a knot in the centre of a cross. The legs of the cross can be made short or long, depending on how you want the effect to be. This stitch can be used as a stand alone stitch or can be used in multiples as a filling stitch.

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Fig 1: As shown, Bring the needle out from A, in through B and out through C. The point C is in right angle to A and B.   Fig 2: Now, take the needle under A-B without plucking the fabric beneath. Twist the thread from C under the needle as shown. When you would pull out the needle, you would get a knot over A-B.
four_legged_knot_stitch_3   Fig 3: To finish off, take the needle in through a point right angled to A and B, and in straight line to C.
You get a knot with four legs. The length of the legs can be adjusted by adjusting the distance of stitch between A, B and C.

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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