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darning stitch

Posted by on 13 Nov 2009 | Category:

The darning stitch is about making rows of straight running stitches near each other. The technique of darning is used to mend  torn clothes, especially socks and looks like a woven patch.

A fabric is made of weft and warp yarn. Weft is the yarn that runs vertically, while warp is the yarn that runs horizontally. They interlock with each other to form the fabric. While mending torn fabric, the darning stitch is used to ‘rebuild’ the weft and warp of the worn out area.

This lesson, however, will show you only the ‘back and forth’ stitch technique of darning stitch. The purpose is to use this lesson as reference for Embroidery works (and not to mend clothes 😀 ). The most popular embroidery where darning is used for embroidery purpose is the pattern darning.

You need to know the running stitch to be able to do darning stitch.

Fig 1: Do a row of running stitch, starting from A and ending at B. Then, turn around and begin the second row of running stitch from C to end at D. Keep this process of stitching rows of running stitches back and forth. Note that each row is ‘stepped’ in order to get a brick like formation.

You can turn a couple of rows of darning stitch into a base for beautiful patterns like we did in parallel running stitch and stepped running stitch.

stepped running stitch

Posted by on 25 Oct 2009 | Category:

Stepped running stitch is just two parallel rows of running stitches. Each stitch from each row will lie in between two stitches of the other row. This ‘stepped’ structure will give an opportunity to create various embroidery patterns using a different thread. You may make more than just two rows of running stitch and try out your own variations as well.

stepped running stitch
Stepped running stitch : Lay the foundation by doing two parallel rows of running stitches . ‘Step’ the second row, as illustrated. Note that A lies between W and X, X lies between A and B, and so forth.
Variety 1    
stepped running stitch (variety1) 1     stepped running stitch (variety1) 2
Fig 1: Take another thread and needle out from near A and pass it under A and W without plucking the fabric underneath. Now, turn the needle around and pass the thread under X and A.   Fig 2: Now, pass the needle under B and X, without plucking the fabric underneath.  Continue this pattern of action for the remaining stretch of the stepped running stitch.
stepped running stitch (variety1) 3
Fig 3: The final effect would be as shown above.
Variety 2    
stepped running stitch (variety2) 1   stepped running stitch (variety2) 2
Fig 1: Take another thread from near W and pass it under W and A, wihtout plucking the fabric underneath.
Now, pass the needle under the thread, and then under X, as shown in the picture. You will get your first twisted pattern.
  Fig 2: Again, taking the needle from beneath the thread, pass it from under B. This makes the second twisted pattern. Continue this action for the entire stretch of the stepped runnig stitch.
stepped running stitch (variety2) 3
Fig 3:  Continue this ‘twisted’ pattern to give it a final braided effect.


herringbone ladder filling stitch

Posted by on 10 Mar 2009 | Category:

Also known as : Interlaced Band

This variety is similar to that of the stepped running stitch (variety 2) and takes a braided effect. It is done over two parallel lines of ‘stepped’ back stitches. Such a foundation helps to create braid like effects.

stepped back stitch
Stepped back stitch: Lay the foundation by doing two parallel back stitches. ‘Step’ the second as illustrated.Note that by stepping the two parallel stitches, A1 falls in the mid point of A2 and B2. Similary, B2 falls in the mid point of A1 and B1.


herringbone ladder filling stitch       herringbone ladder filling stitch 2
Fig 1: Take another thread and bring it out through A2. Take it under A2-B2 and then under A1-B1, from the bottom. Make sure not to pluck the fabric underneath.   Fig 2: Continue the needle from beneath the thread, to take it under B2-C2, as shown.

herringbone ladder filling stitch 3   herringbone ladder filling stitch 4
Fig 3: Take the needle  from beneath the thread and pass it under B1-C1, from the bottom.   Fig 4: Continue this ‘twisted’ pattern to give it a final braided effect. Remember to take the needle always beneath the thread before going under the back stitches.

herringbone ladder filling stitch 5
Fig 5: The completed pattern would look like this. Note how the herringbones between the backstitches grow out and close in at the two curves.