September 3, 2010

Especially useful stitches to know

Bearded Lady 2

For this beautifully stitched portrait of a Bearded Lady (pattern by Badbird), Angie used a wonderful selection of stitches.  I spotted a back stitch, stem stitch, french knot, satin stitch, seed stitch, a chain stitch and a fly stitch.  I consider these stitches, with addition of the split stitch, as especially useful to know and a great starting point for any stitchy repertoire. What stitch do you think is essential to know?

9 comments:

  1. Actually, since I'm a newbie, I think this is wonderful that you shared essential stitches! ; ) Now, I have to find out what some of them are... lol!
    Lotus

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  2. The back stitch, because of writing words and draw everithing, the running stitch and the french knot...

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  3. I think back stitch is the easiest one to master but I would also add long and short stitch.

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  4. I agree with your list, long and short stitch is also very useful when satin stitch doesn't do the job!

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  5. I'd like to add Lazy Daisy to the list.

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  6. I just love the palestrina stitch because it gives volume to the embroidery. I also use the stem stitch a lot to fill spaces. Would you like a video on how to make palestrina? Go to my flickr (www.flickr.com/bordadosdaana). There are some useful videos there...

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  7. What really appealed to me about embroidery when I was first learning (still does, actually) is that I could back stitch the entire thing if I wanted, and it would still look "done"! Unlike knitting or crocheting, where it always seemed there was something I hadn't mastered keeping me from accomplishing projects, hand embroidery could be as simple as little stitches like the ones I made sewing, just in bright colors.

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  8. The backstitch is my "go to" stitch. It's simple, clean, and fast.

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  9. I pretty much use all the stitches you named but would have to say my favorite is the chain stitch :D Love your site, keep it coming!

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