Posts Tagged 'satin stitch family'

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. 

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’. 🙂

padded satin stitch

Posted by on 13 Jan 2010 | Category:

This is satin stitch with a little embossed or dimensional look. This is because we first give the pattern a little padding at the base before doing the satin stitch. I will  illustrate this stitch using a leaf pattern.

You need to know any basic straight line stitch like chain stitchoutline stitch , or  back stitch, to do the outlining. You also need to know the satin stitch.

padded_satin_stitch_1   padded_satin_stitch_2
Fig 1: First, stitch an outline of the pattern to be done. I have used chain stitch to outline, but you can use any straight stitch like the back stitch or the outline stitch.   Fig 2: Once the outline is done, fill the inside of the pattern with straight stitches. You can fill it up with chain stitch too. The idea is to give a padding for the satin stitch that we will be doing, so we need not make this stitch to cover the pattern entirely.
padded_satin_stitch_3       padded_satin_stitch_4
Fig 3: Once that is done, do the satin stitch to cover the pattern. The needle needs to go in and out of the fabric from outside the chain stitch.   Fig 4: The completed pattern will look like this.  😀

whipped satin stitch

Posted by on 05 Jan 2010 | Category:

Like many other whipped stitches, a contrasting thread is ‘whipped’ over the satin stitch.

You need to know the satin stitch to be able to do this stitch.

whipped_satin_stitch          whipped_satin_stitch_2
Fig 1: First, lay the foundation by doing satin stitch. Use a contrasting colored thread to ‘whip’ over the satin stitch. Bring the needle out through A and take it diagonally into B. Then, bring out through C which lies vertically below B, and continue the process of whipping.   Fig 2: After finishing the finished pattern would look like this. 

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