Posts Tagged 'stitches'

seed stitch

Posted by on 05 Sep 2010 | Category:

Also known as: Rice grain stitch

This stitch uses simple straight stitches in a single direction to fill in patterns. Visually, it is more or less like the darning stitch, but there is a slight difference: It has shorter stitches above the fabric and longer stitches on the reverse side. They remind of strawberry seeds, probably, which inspired its name. 

Often seed stitch is confused with the seeding stitch due to the similarity in its nature and name.

I am going to work inside a leaf like pattern to demonstrate this stitch and its use. Seed stitch adds texture to the fabric while adding strength to it.

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Fig 1: Make rows of short running stitch as illustrated. You need not do row after row, as long as the strawberry seed pattern is more or less maintained.   Fig 2:  Try not bend with the curves of the pattern. The rows of running stitch should essentially be done in straight lines.
     

stitch dictionary

Posted by on 06 Jun 2010 | Category:

The stitch dictionary is arranged in alphabetical order and will help you to go to a stitch directly. Just click on the alphabet given in the index to go to the stitch beginning with that alphabet. Some stitches are known by multiple names and all names are included here. Hovering over the stitch names will give you the most common name by which the stitch is known.


A .B . C . D . E .F .G . H I . J . K . L . M .N . O .P . Q.R . S . T . U .V .W .X . Y .Z


A
   
    Alternating barred chain
    Alternating twisted chain stitch
index    

B
   
    Back stitch
    Back stitched spider’s web
    Barred chain
    Barred witch stitch
    Basque knot
    Basque loop stitch
    Basque stitch
    Blanket stitch
    Blind knot
    Braided chain stitch
    Bulls head
    Bullion knot
    Bullion stitch
    Butterfly chain stitch
    Buttonhole stitch
    Buttonhole wheel
    Buttonhole wheel cup
index    

C
   
    Cable chain stitch
    Cable stitch
    Chain stitch
    Catch stitch
    Caterpillar stitch
    Checkered chain band
    Chequered chain stitch
    Chiara stitch
    Chinese knot
    Chinese stitch
    Closed blanket stitch
    Closed cretan stitch
    Closed feather stitch
    Closed fly stitch
    Closed pearl stitch
    Coil stitch
    Colonial knot
    Coral stitch
    Coral knotted herringbone stitch
    Cretan stitch
    Crewel stitch
    Cross stitch
    Crossed blanket stitch
    Crossed fly stitch filling
index    
D    
    Damask stitch
    Darning stitch
    Detached chain stitch
    Detached wheat ear stitch
    Double blanket stitch
    Double chain stitch
    Double cross stitch
    Double feather stitch
    Double herringbone stitch
    Double knot stitch
    Double running stitch
index    

E
   
    Encroaching satin stitch
index    
F    
    Feather stitch
    Feathered chain
    Figure 8 knot
    Fishbone stitch
    Flat stitch
    Fly stitch
    Fly stitch filling
    Forbidden stitch
    French knot
index    

G
   
    German interlacing stitch
    German knot
    God’s eye stitch
    Grub knot
index    

H
   
    Half crossed blanket stitch
    Head of the bull stitch
    Heavy braid chain stitch
    Heavy chain stitch
    Herringbone stitch
    Herringbone Ladder filling stitch
    Holbein stitch
index    

I
   
    Indian herringbone stitch
    Interlaced band
    Interlaced herringbone stitch
    Interlaced running stitch
index    
J    
    Japanese stitch

K
   
    Knot stitch
    Knotted cable chain stitch
    Knotted chain stitch
    Knotted cretan stitch
    Knotted herringbone stitch
    Knotted loop stitch
    Knotted pearl stitch
index    

L
   
    Laced herringbone stitch
    Laced running stitch
    Ladder stitch
    Lazy daisy
    Leviathan stitch
    Line stitch
    Long armed feather stitch
    Long french knot
    Long tailed daisy
    Looped running stitch
index    

M
   
    Magic chain stitch
    Maidenhair stitch
    Mossoul stitch
index    

N
   

O
   
    Ojo de dios
    Old english knot stitch
    Open chain stitch
    Open cretan stitch
    Open fishbone stitch
    Open loop stitch
    Opened fishbone stitch
    Outline stitch
    Oyster stitch
index    

P
   
    Paded satin stitch
    Palestrina stitch
    Parallel running stitch
    Pearl knot
    Pekinese stitch
    Persian stitch
    Petal chain stitch
    Pistil knot
    Plaited fly stitch
    Plaited stitch
    Point de cable
    Point de chainette
    Point de riz
    Point de sable
    Porto rico rose
    Portugese stem stitch
    Post stitch
index    
Q    
    Queen anne stitch, The

R
   
    Raised chain band
    Raised fishbone stitch
    Raised spider’s web wheel
    Reverse chain stitch
    Reversed Palestrina
    Ribbed spider wheel
    Rice stitch
    Rice grain stitch
    Roman chain stitch
    Rope stitch
    Rossette stitch
    Russian chain stitch
    Running stitch
index    

S
   
    Satin stitch
    Scottish cretan stitch
    Scroll stitch
    Seed stitch
    Seeding stitch
    Side to side stem stitch
    Slipped detached chain
    Single feather stitch
    Smyrna stitch
    Smyrna cross stitch
    Snail trail
    Sorbello stitch
    Split back stitch
    Split stitch
    Stalk stitch
    Stepped running stitch
    Stem stitch
    Straight stitch
    Square chain stitch
    Square stitch
index    

T
   
    Tacked herringbone stitch
    Tambour stitch
    Tete de la boeuf
    Threaded back stitch
    Threaded herringbone stitch
    Tied coral stitch
    Tied herringbone stitch
    Triple palestrina
    Tulip stitch
    Twilling stitch
    Twisted chain stitch
    Twisted daisy border stitch
    Twisted fly stitch
    Twisted lattice band
    Two sided line stitch
    Two sided stroke stitch
index    
U    
V    
    Vandyke chain stitch
index    

W
   
    Wheat ear stitch
    Weaving stitch
    Whipped back stitch
    Whipped buttonhole stitch
    Whipped chain stitch
    Whipped fly stitch
    Whipped running stitch
    Whipped satin stitch
    Whipped spider wheel
    Whipped stem stitch
    Witch stitch
    Worm stitch
    Woven bar
    Woven circle
    Woven oval
    Woven spider wheel
    Woven trellis stitch
index    
X    
Y
   
    Y stitch

Z
   
    Zig zag cable chain stitch
    Zig Zag chain stitch
index    

basic stitches

Posted by on 01 Jan 2009 | Category:

Stitching or sewing has a history dating back to the prehistoric times. It is believed, with archaeological evidences, that sewing must have come into being since the stone ages, when people had begun to sew to attach pieces of animal skin using needles made of bones, antlers and ivory. They probably must have used threads made of animal parts like veins.

As the times progressed and sewing started to become an integral part of life, not only newer methods of sewing styles developed, but many other materials were tried as needles and threads. For many thousands of years, sewing or stitching was done exclusively by hands. Later, machines which helped to assist sewing and weaving were developed. The invention of sewing machines in 19th century and computerization in the 20th century, led to a revolution in the textile industry with mass production of sewn objects.

Although sewing or stitching is commonly associated with clothing and fabrics, it must not be forgotten that this skill is used in many other craft areas like making shoes, bags, sporting goods and all those things associated with attaching pieces of fabric. Sewing also comprises a wider range of art in the textile industry like embroidery, tapestry, quilting, applique, weaving etc…

This tutorial will deal with one of such arts: hand embroidery, which is very much practiced even today in spite of all the invasion of machine-made,
‘perfect’ sewn objects. It should be admitted, though, that it is a dying art with hobbyists finding lesser time and patience. On the flip side, hand embroidery is an important means of livelihood to many people in different countries.

There are more than 400 types of different stitches from around the globe and even more types of hand embroideries. When certain stitches are combined in certain ways to create a certain style of stitching, it is known as hand embroidery. The stitches and associated hand embroideries can speak volumes of the history of its people, culture and times.

This section of the tutorial will teach you the various stitches. These stitches are categorized based on certain families they belong to. These families are distinguished based on the nature of technique used to create a parrticular stitch. It is possible that some stitches belong to more than one family, but effort has been made to minimize the confusion. 

Hand sewing is an art to be perfected with patience and perseverance. It helps us in creative expression and ultimately gives us a satisfaction that most
other hobbies can give. Happy learning…happy stitching. :)
 

running stitch

Posted by on 26 Dec 2008 | Category:

Also known as : straight stitch

This stitch is done by running the needle and thread up and down the cloth at a regular distance. 

running stitch

The length of the stitch on the upperside can vary than that on the underside. Usually, there is more thread shown on the upperside than the underside in a running stitch. Yet, to get the beauty of the stitch, I would suggest to try to keep the length of the stitches on the upperside and underside as same as possible.

 

running stitch family

Posted by on 26 Dec 2008 | Category:

 

The basic foundation of many other embroidery and stitch works like the Indian Kantha work or Chikankari work. 

running stitch
hand embroidery sample : running stitch


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unning stitch is also laid as a foundation for a variety of patterns, some of which I will show in subsequent posts, so that you get an idea on what different ways these stitches can be used as a foundation for. Then, the rest is upto your imagination!
 

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hand embroidery sample : running stitch varieties

 

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