No, I didn’t forget to post Lesson 5 for the embroidery school – my computer pooped out earlier this week, and for anyone who’s had that happen knows it’s a tiny bit stressful! But my sweet hubby is letting me borrow his so I can wrap up with this final lesson. The original plan was to finish with four new stitches, however one of them was a bit difficult and I was getting frustrated on how to execute it properly, so we will finish with three. Because my handy-dandy design software is also on my computer, there is no new homework design for this week – so sorry (that’s actually my favorite part of the lesson – doing the design). So without further ado, Lesson 5.
Stitch #13 Scroll Stitch
This is a great stitch to complement borders or fillers for designs. I didn’t do this for the tutorial, but it helps to use one of your ink pens to draw a line so your scroll stays even.
You’ll begin by bringing your needle and thread up to the front. Once your thread is pulled all the way through, you’ll make a loop that falls to the right of where your needle and thread came up.
You’ll then place a stitch about 1/2″ away and level with where you came up to begin, going down and then back up. Make sure that your needle is sitting on top of your thread.
Then you’re going to the hold the thread taut between your thumb and your forefinger as you pull the needle and thread through.
To continue, you’ll do the same thing again – make a small loop to the right, place a small stitch, hold thread taut while you’ll pull the thread through.
You’ll continue doing that until you achieve the desired length.
Stitch #14 Feather Stitch
While this stitch may not look visually appealing (atleast to me it’s not), it’s actually really fun to do. You’ll see this stitch edging blankets and for crazy quilting as well.
I apologize for my lines not being the clearest (it’s amazing what doesn’t show up on a photograph at times), but you’ll start by drawing four lines parallel to one another and the same distance apart (between 1/4″ to 1/2″). You’ll bring your needle and thread up at A on the first line. You’ll then place your thread down at B on the third line and level with A, and up at C (you can do this individual or as one action, as I have in the picture) on the second line about 1/4″ to 1/2″ below A & B (so it’s diagonal to both points). Make sure that your thread is under your needle as you pull the thread taut.
You’ll then do the same pattern, except you’ll move to the fourth line and you’ll go down at D (level with C) and up at E (diagonal to D and directly below B, making sure your thread is under the needle as you pull taut.
You’ll then move back to the first line, going down at F (even with E) and up at G (on the second line, directly below C), again making sure your thread is underneath the needle as you pull taut.
You will keep repeating the pattern until you’re at the end of your line, planting your final stitch just under where you came up.
Stitch #15 Interlaced Double Running Stitch
This stitch isn’t a common one and you may not like it, however I like how it’s so simple and adds a fun element to your needlework. You’ll start by doing two rows of running stitches that are identical in spacing to one another. The key for this stitch to look good is making the running stitches small and the spaces between short (as you will see that my final picture looks different than the first ones). It also helps to draw two parallel lines when completing the running stitches so they stay even.
You’ll start by bringing your needle and thread up just beside the first running stitch on the bottom line. You’ll then slip your needle underneath the first running stitch (but don’t go into the fabric) and bring it through.
Then, you’ll slip your needle overtop and then underneath the top running stitch and then back down underneath the bottom stitch (again, not going into the fabric).
You’ll continue in the same across all the running stitches until you’ve completed the design.
To finish, place the final stitch to the right of the last running stitch on the bottom line (not pictured – didn’t realize that until just now).
Now congratulate yourself for making it this far! Embroidery can be such an easy and fun way to personalize anything and my hope is that everyone who has been following the lessons continues to “school” themselves on it. There are so many great books and resources online (Primrose Design & Sharon B, just to name a few), so keep going and keep challenging yourself. And for those who turn in any completed homework (firstname.lastname@example.org) from lessons past by next Wednesday (if you already have no worries, you’re included), your name will be tossed into the hat to receive a goodie box of embroidery fun. For those who have turned homework in from last week, I’ll post them all at once when they’re all received next week. Thanks so much for everyone who supported this – I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did!