USE OUR HANDY GUIDE FOR THE EMBROIDERY TECHNIQUES IN THIS ISSUE
This stitch is often used for making leaves, but also works for areas you want to fill with a line down the centre.
Make a straight stitch at the point of the leaf where the centre rib would sit. Come up at point 1 on the edge of the leaf and go down at point 2, barely crossing the centre line. Come up again at point 3 on the opposite side of the line, then go down at point 4, crossing the centre line. Repeat, working from side to side, until the shape is filled.
When you want to fill an area with a smooth finish, this stitch is the ideal choice. It’s best worked in small areas, because if the stitches are too long, they may snag.
Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2. Come up at point 3, then go down at point 4. Repeat. Always work the stitches across the area you’re filling, coming up on the opposite side where your needle went down.
This is a great way to embellish a line of backstitch, adding thickness, texture or some extra colour.
Start with a line of backstitch. Come up at point 1. Slide the needle under the first backstitch from the top down. Slide the needle under the next stitch from the top down. Repeat. Bring the needle down at point 2 when you reach the end of the line of backstitch.
This simple stitch can be worked as individual stitches or in a line. Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2, leaving the thread loose. Come up at point 3, catching the loop of thread, then pull to form a ‘V’. Go down at point 4.
The simplest of stitches, straight stitch can be grouped together or used alone. Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2. Repeat.
This is a stitch that everyone should learn, because it’s so useful. The secret is to hold the working thread taut while you pull it through.
Come up at point 1, then wrap the thread around the needle twice. Holding the working thread with your non-dominant hand, bring the needle down at point 2 (close to point 1, but not the same hole) and pull slowly until the knot is formed.
This stitch is ideal for outlines, and it’s the one you’ll find you use the most.
Come up from the back at point 1, then go down at point 2. Come up at point 3, then go back to point 1 and bring the needle through to the back.