Posts Tagged 'straight 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.

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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. 

eyelet wheel stitch

Posted by on 17 May 2013 | Category:

This is an easy to do stitch that can add texture and interest to your fabric.

I will work around a circle divided into many equal parts to resemble a cart wheel. The stitch points will fall on the outer circle and the center. 

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Fig 1: Start by bringing the needle out from A and in through B, two points on the outer circle.    Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out again through A. Then, take the needle in through C, the center. Come out through D, as shown. 
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Fig 3: Now, repeat the procedure as in the first step.     Fig 4: Continue with this process for the rest of the circle. 
eyelet_wheels_stitch_5   Fig 5: A finished wheel looks like this. 

lantern stitch

Posted by on 08 May 2013 | Category:

This stitch is just an extension of the radiating stitch. You can say it is like mirror images of the radiating stitches, made to look like a lantern. The Lantern stitch can be used to make simple motifs or base for extended variations. It can be used nicely over even weaved fabric as well.

You need to know the radiating stitch to be able to continue with this tutorial. 

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Fig 1: Start by making radiating stitch   Fig 2: Then, make a mirror image of the radiating stitch, as shown. 
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Fig 3: Now, bring the needle out through B, in through A, and out through C. This process will start connecting both the radiating stitches, giving it a lantern look. Connect the remaining points.    Fig 4: A finished lantern stitch looks like this. 

threaded arrow head stitch

Posted by on 30 Apr 2013 | Category:

This is a decorative version of the arrow head stitch. Again, it can be used to creative beautiful out linings or borders.

You need to know the arrow head stitch to be able to continue with this tutorial.

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Fig 1: Make a horizontal row of arrow head stitches.   Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out with a contrasting thread, from one end, as shown. Pass it under the two arrow head stitches as in the picture.
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Fig 3: Turn around and pass it under the two arrow head stitches and the next stitch, as illustrated.   Fig 4: Repeat the process for the rest of the row.
arrow_head_threaded_stitch_5   Fig 5: A finished row looks like this. Each angle of the arrow head stitch would be circled by the contrasting thread that was woven around it.

arrow head stitch

Posted by on 08 Apr 2013 | Category:

This stitch can be easily done to make a variety of effects. As the name suggests, two straight stitches are connected to form an arrow shape. A series of such arrows can create nice looking borders or can be creatively used in pattern designing. These arrows can be used horizontally to form easy zig zag patterns too. It can also take on curves pretty well.

You need to know the straight stitch to be able to continue. This stitch will be illustrated between 3 parallel curved stitch lines- A, B, C.  

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Fig 1: Start by bringing out the needle through a point in A. Take the needle at an angle through a point in B.   Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out through a point in C and back to the point in B. This makes an arrow. Continue this process in a vertical manner.
arrow_head_stitch_3   Fig 3: A row of arrow head stitch looks like this.
arrow_head_stitch_4   Fig 4: Arrow head stitch can also be made horizontally. Stitch A-B, C- B. Then, stitch C-D, E-D. And so on…

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