Monday, 7 May 2018

Basic Embroidery Stitches : Straight Stitch and Variations

Straight stitch is the most basic stitch of the hundreds of stitches used for embroidery.

Straight Stitch

Straight Stitch

Running stitch is orderly placed straight stitches in a row

Straight Stitch

A stitch that one need not 'learn', but, comes automatically when given a needle and thread. Probably, the foundation of most of the stitches

And, if one thinks out of the box, Stem stitch, Back stitch and even the Fish bone Stitch would seem to be variations of Straight Stitch.

Here are eight pictures of Embroideries using straight stitch. Look how a small difference in strokes gives varied appearance. Click on the pictures to Go to the respective websites.





And last but not the least

Source: Pinterest 

Variations of Straight stitch are :

  1. Running Stitch
  2. Satin Stitch
  3. Granitos
  4. Bundle Stitch
  5. Holbein Stitch
  6. Fern Stitch
  7. Thorn Stitch
  8. Seeding stitch,
  9. Seed stitch
  10. Eyelet Stitch
  11. Diamond Eyelet Stitch
  12. Spoke stitch
  13. Algerian Stitch
  14. Zig zag Stitch
  15. Arrowhead Stitch
  16. Bosnian Stitch
  17. Paris Stitch
  18. Four Sided Stitch
  19. Lantern Stitch
  20. Fan Stitch
  21. Radiating Stitch

Where all Straight Stitch is exclusively used:

Upcoming posts

1. Bundle Stitch
2. Fern Stitch Vs. Thorn Stitch
3. Seed Stitch Vs. Seeding Stitch
4. Eyelet Stitch, Diamond Eyelet Stitch, Algerian Stitch and Spoke Stitch
5. Zig Zag Stitch, Arrowhead Stitch and Bosnian Stitch
6. Paris Stitch Vs. Four Sided Stitch
7. Lantern Stitch, Fan Stitch and Radiating Stitch

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Decorative Embroidery Stitches: Basque Knot Stitch

Basque Knot Stitch  

It is a decorative stitch used for borders. 
Other names are Basque loop stitch, knotted pearl stitch, knotted loop stitch.

Basque Knot Stitch Vs. Basque Stitch

Similar names, but, very different in appearance and the way the two stitches are worked.

Basque Stitch belongs to the family of chain stitches. Basque Knot Stitch is type of Knot Stitch.

Basque Stitch is worked from left to right, whereas, the latter is worked from right to left.

Basque Knot Stitch 

Basque Knot Stitch

Here's how it is worked:

Bring the needle up at 'a', go down at 'b' and come up again at 'c'.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Decorative Embroidery Stitches : Basque Stitch

Basque Stitch

Basque Stitch is also known as Twisted Daisy Border Stitch. It is a combination of Detached Chain Stitch and Buttonhole Stitch.

It is a beautiful decorative stitch that can make any plain neckline of dresses look wonderful.
It can be used along with beads to enhance its beauty. It can be stitched with multicoloured threads to give a fabulous effect.

Whipped Basque Stitch

Basque Stitch whipped with another thread looks divine.

Let's see how this stitch is worked.

Doesn't this look like the flower shown in the picture below? It is called the Pieris japonica ' white'.

So here I go to experiment more on this.
Planning to use this for a neckline on my dress.
Do let me know how much you like this stitch.

Happy Stitching !

Saturday, 24 February 2018

My Experiments with Kutch Work / Kutch Embroidery

Kutch is a traditional embroidery form of Gujarat, a state in India.
Kutch Work or Kutchi work as known among the locals involves the use of lots of mirrors and cotton or silk thread and is worked on cotton or silk fabric.

There are different kinds of Kutch Work depending on the materials used and the type of stitches or even patterns used.

The six types of Kutch Embroidery are:

Soof Embroidery
Garasia Jat
(source wkipedia)

Each type of embroidery is a distinct form involving various stitches and/ or mirror work.

When I started learning Kutch Work few days back, I had thought that it involves only interlacing stitches and mirror work.

After much research, now I know that there is more to it. Other stitches that are done in Kutch Work are- Satin stitch, Buttonhole, chain stitch etc.

Finally, after some trial and error I succeeded in working  few motifs.

The perfect single diamond among the lot.

This is my favourite.I love the way it looks.

This would make an elegant border for any embroidery project.

Kutch work is a type of interlacing stitch where in, interlacing is done on foundation stitches. These foundation stitches are similar to either herringbone stitch or cretan stitch.

Lot more to learn.....

Friday, 23 February 2018

DIY Journal Cover

I have always wanted to decorate my journals beautifully.
Years back I have even used scrap fabric to make covers for my notebooks.

This video is one such simple and easy to make journal cover that even kids will love making it.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Heart Friendship Bracelet

An easy to make bracelet that requires readily available and very few materials would make a wonderful gift to anyone on this Valentine's Day.

It will make a great DIY for kids

Here is the video that explains How to make this bracelet.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Cecilia Rose Needle Painting

I was part of the stitch along conducted by Amina at Stitch Floral . Her version of this rose is simply awesome.

Stitches used here are:

  • Long and Short stitch
  • Split Stitch
  • French knots
I had posted about needle painting on this blog some years back.

Another view of this fabulous piece.

Happy Stitching!!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Crochet Heart Doily Recreated

I crocheted this doily around 5 years back. The post can be found on this page- Crochet Filet Heart Doily.

Considering all the requests that I am getting for the pattern of this doily via mail and comments on the post, I have decided to read the pattern from this crocheted doily and post it here.
This doily was originally posted in website. Now, the pattern seems to have been taken off from the site.

Now, regarding the pattern:
It is a beginner level pattern, and requires only easy stitches to be done.

I would be posting only few rows a day starting on Feb 1,  as it takes time to figure out and write down the pattern.

Update - The pattern can be found here

Keep Watching!

Saturday, 20 January 2018