Posts Tagged 'leaf stitch'

leaf stitch

Posted by on 28 Sep 2015 | Category:

As the name tells, this is a stitch exclusively used to make leaves. The simple satin stitch is used in a particular way to fill in a leaf to give it a more realistic appearance. Therefore, this stitch is used commonly in crewel embroidery and, especially, in the Brazilian embroidery.

If you know the satin stitch, this tutorial will be super easy! I will be working on a leaf pattern divided into two sections vertically.

leaf stitch 1    leaf stitch 2
Fig 1: Trace a pattern of leaf and draw the middle vein as shown. I have marked the stitch lines as A,B,C.
Now start working on the satin stitch between the stitch lines A and B. 
 Fig 2: Start from the broader end to the tapering end. Make sure not to leave any spaces between two stitches, and to keep the edges as neat as possible. 
leaf stitch 3  leaf stitch 4
 Fig 3: Once you finish one side, turn around and begin the next side. You will gradually see that the vein of the leaf shows up, giving it a realistic appearance.   Fig 4: A finished leaf would look like this. You can try to make the leaf with different shades on either side to get a different effect. 

opened fishbone stitch

Posted by on 31 Mar 2010 | Category:

This stitch is similar to the fishbone stitch, with a requirement to divide the pattern into two. The difference is that the stitches in the centre of the pattern does not fall on the stitch line, but on its either sides. This helps to make the stitches far spaced to create the open fishbone effect.

It is good to know the fishbone stitch to understand this stitch. I will work on a leaf shaped pattern. I have marked the centre with a stitch line. The lines are named X, Y and Z for the ease of the lesson.

opened_fishbone_stitch_1      opened_fishbone_stitch_2
Fig 1: Like in fishbone stitch, first, bring out the needle through A, which is the top tip of the leaf. Take it in through B, a point on line Y. Then, bring it out through C, a point on line X.
It is not essential to do the stitch A-B. You have the option of starting the stitch from the point C.
  Fig 2: Now, put in the needle through D, which is a point just outside the line Y. Bring out the needle through E, a point on line Z.
opened_fishbone_stitch_3   opened_fishbone_stitch_4
Fig 3: Follow this pattern of stitching alternatley on the lines X and Y. Be careful that no stitch will fall on the line Y, but only on its either sides.   Fig 4: A completed leaf pattern will look like this.

fishbone stitch

Posted by on 31 Mar 2010 | Category:

This is a kind of filling stitch which is ideal for making leaves or feathers. It requires us to divide the pattern into two and each side is filled alternately giving it a plaited effect in the centre, thus ideal to make leaves or feathers.

I will work on a leaf pattern, which I have divided in the centre with a stitch line. To make the lesson easier, I have named the lines as X, Y and Z.

fishbone_stitch_1   fishbone_stitch_2
Fig 1: To begin with, bring the needle out through point A, which is the top tip of line Y. Put it in through B, to make a single straight stitch.   Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out from a point very close to A on the the line X. Put it in through a point very close to B on line Y. Again pull out the needle through a point very close to A on line Z.
fishbone_stitch_3   fishbone_stitch_4
Fig 3: This procedure of putting in the needle through X and Z alternatively will follow. Each time we will be connecting X-Y and Y-Z.   Fig 4: Make sure all the stitch points lie close to each other to avoid any visible spaces.
fishbone_stitch_5           fishbone_stitch_6
Fig 5: Half way through, our leaf would look like this. You can see the rib being formed.   Fig 6: Once finished, the filled leaf would look like this.

fishbone stitch family

Posted by on 26 Mar 2010 | Category:

Fishbone stitch of family deals with filling patterns by dividing the pattern into two parts. The stitch is then done on each part of the pattern alternately. The final effect of the stitch would be a rib like formation in the centre of the pattern. This formation is especially helpful when we are making leaves or feathers. The effect it gives is more realistic.

Depending on the pattern to be made, there are various ways to go about executing these stitches. Though all of them might look essentially alike, they differ slightly in their execution.

These stitches might fall in the satin stitch family in a more general or broader sense, but the nature of these stitches forced me to place them under a seperate family altogether. 🙂

I shall provide with an embroidery sample as soon as I have one.