Posts Tagged 'running stitch'

eskimo laced edging

Posted by on 24 Jun 2013 | Category:

This stitch is decorative and one of the ways in which we can add to a simple running stitch to make it more interesting. 

You need to know the running stitch to be able to attempt this variation. 

eskimo_laced_edging_1     eskimo_laced_edging_2
Fig 1: Lay a foundation of running stitch. With a contrasting thread, bring out the needle from below and between two running stitches, as shown. Take the needle under the first stitch and then turn and take it under the second. Do not pluck the fabric while doing so.   Fig 2: Finish up by taking the needle in through the same point from where you began. Repeat the process for the entire row of the running stitch. 
eskimo_laced_edging_3   Fig 3: A finished row of eskimo laced edging looks like this. 

sashiko lesson 3

Posted by on 18 Oct 2012 | Category:

Continued from Sashiko lesson 2

Patterns based on curves, single patterns and border patterns

This lesson will familiarize you with patterns that are based on curves. It will also give you an idea on how to deal with single and border patterns. Like usual, when stitching these patterns, you will follow the order of  horizontal and vertical lines first, then the diagonal lines, and then the curved ones. But, each pattern will require its own treatment as well, so study the pattern well, before picking up the needle.

Refer Sashiko lesson 1 for any technical ‘rules’ you need to follow.


Patterns based on curves
These patterns are based on circles and its curves. It can take a little practice before the curves can be learnt to be stitched neatly and with precision.
Amime (net pattern)  
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Stitch each horizontal curve, from one end to the other, row by row. The stitches should look like mirror images where the curves meet. This might take some practice.
Fundo- Tsunagi ( Japanese traditional weights)

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Work on the diagonal curves on one side first, then move to the diagonal curves on the other side. The points where these curvy lines intersect should be left open as shown in the stitched illustration.


Single pattern
This example will help you to understand the different ways in which a sashiko pattern can be dealt with. Single sashiko patterns can be made using a combination of lines and curves.
Kiku (chrysanthemum pattern)

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This pattern is made from a quarter portion of a circle. Start working O-A-B, O-B-C, and so forth until you finish it at F. Then, start working G-H-O, H-I-O, and so forth until you finish it at K.
Now, in this pattern, whether you begin or end, the thread is left open and long at O. Later all the nine strands of long thread are tied together or made a pig tail from.    


Border pattern
Some patterns can look very complicated and confuse us. Breaking down the components of such complicated patterns can bring clarity to make it easier for us to decide on our stitching. The following pattern will illustrate that.
Start by doing the horizontal straight lines A and B. Then, stitch the hexagon based lines, C and D, from one end to the other. Later, finish up with the smaller lines marked by E and F.



Posted by on 20 Sep 2012 | Category:

embroidery sample: sashiko

About and history:
The word litterally means ‘little stabs’ in Japanese.

Sashiko is a form of stitching used to anchor down layers of cloth used in making quilts. This form of stitching is geometrical in nature, and is done using only the running stitch. Stitching layers of fabric together not only made the fabric warmer for use, but also more durable and strong. This is how sashiko came to be used extensively in quilt making. The farming and fishing communities made use of sashiko art on their wearbles.

Traditionally dark blue or indigo cotton fabric was used, which was the only color available to most poor people.White cotton thread was used to do running stitch over the fabric. Regionally, the fabric color differed though.

It is stated that Sahiko was developed during the Edo period in Japan and this art declined in the later part of 1800s when the period came to an end.

Sashiko has three variations: Sashiko, Hitomezashi, and Kogin.

Sashiko follows the simple running stitch to bring out beautifully depicted geometric patterns. Hitomezashi follows the holbein stitch and is often said to be similar to the black stitch as its western counterpart. Kogin is a type of pattern darning.

Sashiko today:
Sashiko was passed down from generation to generation as a handiwork that formed a part of life, but today, Sashiko has become a technique to create beauty and works of aesthetical value. Art, Hand embroidery, and quilting enthusiasts have caught up on the art of Sashiko for the sheer beauty and simplicity.

These days, this art is not confined to just quilts or garments, but has inspired wall hangings, accessories of various sorts, table cloths and other furnishings.

Many sashiko patterns are inspired from chinese designs, but for most part, they remain originally japanese. The patterns are derived from nature, and is wonderfully interpreted into geometrical patterns. You will learn many patterns as you go through each lesson.

Stitches used:
Running stitch

Lesson 1: the basic
Lesson 2: square, diagonals, diamonds and hexagon based patterns
Lesson 3: circles, single patterns and borders
Lesson 4: designs for practice

Reference : SASHIKO Traditional Japanese Quilt Designs by Nihon Vogue

straight stitch

Posted by on 24 Jun 2012 | Category:

This is the most basic of the stitches. To know how to bring the needle in and out through the fabric is perhaps the most essential necessities of learning how to stitch. This tutorial will teach any novice how to do this. Straight stitch can be used in a variety of ways to create different effects.

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Fig 1: Bring the needle out from the fabric, at a pint A.      Fig 2: Put the needle in through a point B, as shown. This creates a single straight stitch.

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.


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