Thread-u-cation Thursday: Straight Stitch

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Tilty Town #12 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the Straight Stitch. The Straight Stitch lives a simple life. It goes from here to there. And sometime from there to here.

straight4The Straight Stitch is plain. It is not glamorous like a French Knot or exotic like the Blanket Stitch. It is just a line of thread on the fabric. But beneath that ho-hum existence beats a stitch of great potential. Here you see it drawing dramatic pink lines. Those directional lines are made with a Size 8 pearl cotton thread stitched on felt in the  Petunias colorway.

Here are directions for making the Straight Stitch. Happy Thread-u-cation Day!

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Chain Stitch

chainstitch1Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the Chain Stitch. The Chain Stitch is a linear looping stitch useful in so many ways.

chainstitch3Use the Chain Stitch to draw heavy lines on your fabric like the puffy clouds in this quilt.  This stitch easily depicts the sharp corners and soft curves of clouds. Here the loops in the chain are left rather loose so a peek of fabric appears in each loop adding texture.

chainstitchsample2Line the Chain Stitch up in parallel lines leaving a slight gap between lines to make row upon row of crops in a field. The Size 12 pearl cotton thread is worked on a silk fabric backed with batting. (Check out the Silk Stitch Along to see how to prepare the silk.) The thread colorway is called Lime Frappe. It’s variegation of color ranges from yellow to gold, green, turquoise, and blue adding movement and interest to the embroidery.

chainstitchsample1Place Chain Stitches right next to each other and you conceal the background fabric completely. It is an easy way to create shapes on fabric like the spiral of stitches that make the sun in this quilt. This thread colorway is called aptly called Sunflowers.

Why not add some Chain Stitches to your artwork today? Here are directions for making the Chain Stitch. Happy Thread-u-cation Day!

 

 

Needle Tips

needletipsToday I’m writing about needle tips and I literally mean the tip of the needle. The needles above are both a Size 3 embroidery needle but, from different brands.  If you look closely at the image, you’ll see they differ in girth or diameter. And there is a difference between the tips of the two needles too. The top needle has a more tapered point.

chartneedleandthreadYou’ll see this image on my The Thread-u-cation tutorial page. It indicates my suggestions for what embroidery thread size goes with what embroidery needle size. But be forewarned! Not all needles are created equally. And neither are their tips.

Making Spring Blooms #5

blooms7Like any fused art quilt, the improvised vignette quilt, Spring Blooms #4, is steam set to the batting before hand stitching. An even set of Blanket Stitches surround the blue flowers (the focal point) which are topped with a healthy dose of French Knots. (I’m using a Size 8 Pearl Cotton Thread with a Size 4 embroidery needle.) The Red Hots thread colorway repeats the same color spicy red in the wallpaper stripe.

For the leaves I’m using my version of the Fern Stitch. The thread is a Size 12 Pearl Cotton Thread in the Green Grass colorway with a Size 5 embroidery needle.

I must admit, hand embroidery really makes the quilt!

Free Thread and Needle Chart

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My new business cards have this needle and thread chart on the back.

At last, that portable Needle and Thread Chart you’ve always wanted!

Yes, this handy dandy chart listing what size embroidery needle goes with what size pearl cotton thread can be yours!  Place an order for anything in the Artfabrik Store this month, I’ll include one with your order.

Or just go to the Thread-u-cation Tutorial and you’ll see a version of it there.