Posts Tagged 'rhodes stitch'

rhodes stitch

Posted by on 30 May 2013 | Category:

This is a very interesting stitch that leaves scope for some experimentation. A series of straight stitches are used to overlap each other to develop a symmetric shape like square, circle, heart, etc… This stitch can be worked nicely over even weaved fabric, but this tutorial will illustrate it over normal fabric. Rhodes stitch can make great filling textures. 

I will demonstrate a square shape using this stitch. So, I will work inside a square drawn on the fabric. The outline of the square will be the stitch line for the rhodes stitch.

rhodes_stitch_1          rhodes_stitch_2
Fig 1: Start by coming out from one corner of the square shape, the point A. Take the needle in at the opposite end, point B.    Fig 2: Now, come out from C, a point near point A. Go in through D, a point opposite to C. Then, again come out through E, and continue with this process. 
rhodes_stitch_3   Fig 3:  A finished square looks like this. Since the straight stitches run from one end to the other, overlapping each other at the center, it gives a ‘spinning’ appearance. 
This technique can be used to make any shape, especially symmetric ones. So, try circle, triangle, and heart shapes too. 

straight stitch family

Posted by on 24 Jun 2012 | Category:

This is probably, the first stitch you need to know before learning any other embroidery stitches. It is a simple single stitch done by taking the needle in and then out of the fabric. Most stitches begin by making a single straight stitch. Apart from that, many straight stitches can be combined in various ways to come up with various patterns.

A series of detached straight stitches form the running stitch. So, I have mentioned and shown the running stitch family as a member of the straight stitch family.