Hi embroidery lovers, Rossella here!
Here I am with my first ever guest blog post with Crafter’s Companion! Check back on the last Friday of every month for your guide to all things embroidery!
This month, I’m giving you my guide to all things needles, as well as some simple and easy stitches to get you started on your embroidery journey!
Click on the video below to discover more. You’ll find written instructions for the materials you need and a guide of each stitch below.
You will need:
Your Guide to Needles
These are for general sewing and dressmaking and have a small eye.
Tapestry / Cross Stitch
These have a large eye and a blunt point as they are generally going to be passed through canvas/fabric without piercing.
Milliners / Straw
These are similar to a sharps needle but are longer. They have a narrow shank with the eye being the same width as the shank, making them ideal for bullion knots, French knots and cast-on stitches.
Embroidery / Crewel
These have a sharp point and a longer, wider eye that ‘flares’ out to allow easier threading of multiple strands or thicker threads.
Your Guide to Stitches
A running stitch is a versatile stitch, useful for outlining and filling designs.
The stitches can be all the same length or the length can be varied to create patterns.
Parallel lines of running stitches look really effective and can also be used to fill larger areas.
1. Bring the needle to the front of the work.
2. Take the needle to the back of the fabric.
3. Return the thread to the front and take another stitch.
Continue in this manner.
If you prefer, take the needle from back to front in one action like so:
Running Stitch Variations
Laced Running Stitch
1. Stitch a line of running stitches using your preferred method.
2. Using a different thread colour, bring the needle up in the centre of the first stitch.
3. Lace the thread through the running stitches.
4. Take the thread down under the centre of the last running stitch to finish.
Whipped Running Stitch
This is similar to the laced running stitch; however, ensure the needle is threaded through from the same direction each time.
1. Bring the needle through the fabric at ‘a’
2. Insert the needle back down at the same spot creating a loop.
3. Bring needle up at ‘b’ within the loop and tighten it.
4. Repeat for the desired length and pull the thread to tighten the loop until the desired shape is achieved.
5. Continue for the length of the chain. To end the row, make a small stitch over the last loop to anchor it.
Chain Stitch Variation
There are many chain stitch variations, one of the most popular being the lazy daisy/detached chain stitch.
Lazy Daisy / Detached Chain Stitch
This is a lovely stitch for creating flowers and leaves. It is worked similarly to a chain stitch with the loops being ‘detached’.
1. Bring the needle up and back down again, either just next to or into the same hole, leaving a loop.
2. Return up through the loop at ‘b’ and anchor the loop with a small stitch.
1. Come up through the fabric at ‘a’ and holding the thread taut, wrap the thread around the needle twice.
2. Put the point of the needle in the fabric close to ‘a’ and gently pull so the wrapped thread is tight to the needle.
3. Keeping the thread taut, gently pull the needle to the back of the fabric, forming the knot.
For a smaller knot, wrap the thread just once around the needle. For larger knots, increase the increase the number of times the thread is wrapped around the needle, or use a thicker thread or more strands of embroidery cotton.