Wool Stitch Along: Running Stitch

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Stitch rows of the Running Stitch in the next compartment of the leaf.

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that give us pleasure. Simple things that are soothing and easy and feel rewarding. Simple things like the Running Stitch for example.The next compartment of the leaf in the Wool Stitch Along is filled in with this plain stitch that everyone finds restful. (I state this after having had a hectic day.)

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch parallel rows of the Running Stitch inside the next compartment.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add more rows of the Running Stitch between the previous Stitches.
  • Go take a nap. I know I will.

 Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Wool Stitch Along: Chain Stitch

stitchalong18A close relative of the Lazy Daisy Stitch is the Chain Stitch. You know about relatives, right? Some just go on and on and on. Well, that’s what our next embroidery addition to the Wool Stitch Along does. It begins with a Lazy Daisy Stitch that just goes on and on and on.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch parallel rows of the Chain Stitch inside the next compartment.
  • Leave space between the rows and stitch the rows with an arc shape.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Stitch the Chain Stitch between the first rows of Chain Stitches to fill in the space.
  • Hug a relative today.

 Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

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Wool Stitch Along: Blanket Stitch and French Knot

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Make little boxes with the Blanket Stitch in the next compartment.

The good old Blanket Stitch is most often used to attach fabric shapes to a background fabric. It has little “teeth” that bite into the edge of the fabric shape when stitching it to the background. But did you know that those teeth can also make little box shapes on your fabric? We’ll use our teeth in the next compartment of the leaf in the Wool Stitch Along.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 4 parallel rows of the Blanket Stitch inside the next compartment.
  • In the bottom row, the “teeth” of the Blanket Stitch touch the Straight Stitches that make the lower vein line. This forms the first set of boxes.
  • In the next 2 rows, the teeth touch the top edge of the previous row to form boxes.
  • In the top row, the top edge of the Blanket Stitch is placed right next to the top vein. 

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add French Knots inside the boxes formed by the Blanket Stitches.

 Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

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Wool Stitch Along: Fly Stitch and French Knot

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Add rows of the Fly Stitch in the next compartment.

We’re moving up to the next compartment on the Wool Stitch Along. Again, we are combining 2 different stitches to make pattern. The Fly Stitch forms little arrows pointing to the outside edge of the leaf and French Knots fill in the shapes with color.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 6 – 7 rows of Fly Stitches across the compartment.
  • Point the stitches toward the outside edge of the leaf.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add French Knots inside the V shape of each Fly Stitch.
  • Enjoy the color contrast and pattern the threads make.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Wool Stitch Along: Cable Stitch and Bullion Knots

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Stitch 2 lines of the Cable Stitch in the next compartment.

The next area to fill in for our Wool Stitch Along will have 2 stitches. The Cable Stitch divides the compartment into rows and Bullion Knots fill in the rows with bulky coils of thread. You can replace the Bullion Knots with French Knots if you like. But you like a challenge, right? So go for the Bullion!

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Run 2 rows of the Cable Stitch parallel to the arc of the leaf veins.
  • Stitch the rows about 1/8” to 1/4” apart inside the compartment.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Fill in the area between the Cable Stitched rows with Bullion Knots. Run the stitches parallel to the rows.
  • Remove the needle from your hand and give yourself a high five for making the Bullion Knots.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

 

Wool Stitch Along: Back Stitch

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Add Back Stitches to the next compartment.

You’ll be familiar with our next stitch if you’ve used the Back Stitch to outline your leaf shape in our Wool Stitch Along. I like the Back Stitch for it’s dashing dashed line. It looks so trim and neat and well regulated. Just like my life.

Here are the directions:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Start stitching the Back Stitch inside the compartment about 1/8” away from the outside curve. Follow that curve up the leaf edge.
  • Stitch 3 – 4 more rows of Back Stitches about 1/8” apart following the previous curve.
  • (Please ignore that line of red thread on the left in the image above. I got carried away and forgot to take the photo of just the green stitches.)

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  • Use that same Back Stitch and fill in the spaces between the rows.
  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Enjoy this orderly pattern of dashes on the fabric and go reorganize your closet.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.