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brick stitch

Posted by on 26 Jan 2010 | Category:

Also known as: Long and short stitch

This stitch is a way of filling patterns, especially when the pattern is very big for satin stitch to be followed. Here, the stitches are laid in a brick like fashion. Shading can be done using this stitch by using a different colored thread for each subsequent row.

Here, the pattern is divided into smaller sections. Every alternate stitch will be small and half the size of the previous stitch. This is how the brick like effect comes into being. The lesson will help you to understand this.

My pattern to fill will be a leaf shape. Click on the picture for a zoomed in version.  

brick_stitch_1   brick_stitch_2
Fig 1: The leaf is divided into sections marked by A, B, C, D and so forth. 
We begin stitching from the broader end of the leaf towards the stitch lines A and B alternately. The stitches falling on A are short and the stitches falling on B are long. 
  Fig 2: Now, we stitch the next row. This time, all the stitches will be of the same length. So, stitches from A will fall on C and stitches from B will fall on D.
brick_stitch_3    Fig 3: Keep tapering the stitch as you go down. Note that, it is only in the first row that we do the stitches long and short. For the rows that follow, all the stitches are of the same length, but show up long and short due to the effect we made in the first section. 🙂
A finished leaf would look like this.

encroaching satin stitch

Posted by on 18 Jan 2010 | Category:

This type of satin stich is used to cover a larger area of  pattern. This allows smaller and tighter satin stitches to be used instead of long and sagy ones. The pattern is broken up into smaller horizontal or vertical sections. Then, each section, at a time, is covered with satin stitch. The important thing to remember is that the satin stitch in the next row will always begin from between the two stitches from the previous row. This kind of stitch can be used wonderully with threads of different shades.

You need to know the satin stitch to be able to do this stitch. I will work on a leaf pattern.

encroaching_satin_stitch_1            encroaching_satin_stitch_2
Fig 1: I first divide the leaf pattern into sections. I have done 4 sections. This is to aid your stitching and also this tutorial. But, once you learn this stitch, making such sections is only a choice of convenience.   Fig 2: Bring the needle out from the edge of the first stitch line as in the illustration. Every stitch will be done straight. 
 encroaching_satin_stitch_3    encroaching_satin_stitch_4
Fig 3: Now, start doing the satin stitch to fill in the first section of the leaf. Such smaller satin stitches are more durable and good to look at.   Fig 4: Once you finish one section, it will look like this. Continue and bring the needle out from the second stitch line to fill the second section.
 encroaching_satin_stitch_5    encroaching_satin_stitch_6
Fig 5: You continue to fill up the next section with satin stitch as well. The only thing to be careful about is to set the stitches between two stitches of the previous section. See the illustration.   Fig 6: You continue the procedure of ‘encroaching’ between the stitches of the previous sections where they share the same stitch line. This is what gives the stitch its name.
 encroaching_satin_stitch_7   Fig 7: A finished pattern of leaf will look like this. If you click on the image, you will get a zoomed version where you can probably make out the ‘encroachments’. 🙂

satin stitch

Posted by on 03 Jan 2010 | Category:

Also known as: damask stitch

Satin stitch has a very easy procedure. What is difficult in this stitch is to maintain the neatness, especially on the sides of the pattern that is being filled. So, very often, a satin stitch is outlined using one of the straight stitches like, the split stitch, the outline stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, or any other similar stitches of your choice.This helps in containing the satin stitch within the parameters of the pattern or motif easily.

Also, when doing satin stitch, we have to make sure the stitches are not pulled too tightly as it will distort the fabric. Keeping it too lose will sag the stitch. To avoid these two conditions, it will be advisable to use an embroidery ring to hold the fabric tight. When the fabric is taut, the satin stitch will be easier to do.

Another thing to keep in mind is not to keep this stitch too long. If your pattern happens to be big, you can divide it into smaller sections and each section can be filled with shorter satin stitches. Else, opt for another stitch from the satin stitch family which will help you to fill larger areas or patterns. These include the brick stitch, encroaching satin stitch, and long and short stitch.

I will be demonstrating over an area between two stitch lines, without any outline stitch.  

satin_stitch_1          satin_stitch_2
Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A and put it in through B. So, that makes a stitch which covers a small area between the stitch lines.   Fig 2: Now, bring the needle back through C, a point very close to A. Continue this action over the two stitch lines.
satin_stitch_3   Fig 3: Once finished, the area is filled as shown above. You will be spending as much thread on the reverse side as you do on the actual side of the fabric.