Monday, January 31, 2011

Coral stitch

I would really like to say that this is going to be a regular thing, but to be honest, I'm not very good with regular things. So let's call it a sometimes-kind-of-almost regular thing.

So, I like embroidery. Well, duh! ;-)

I especially like trying new stitches - unfortunately, I don't often have the time to sit down and just try stuff. But maybe, with this sometimes-kind-of-almost regular thing, I'll be a bit better at it. Because I want to share my results... my experiments with you. And I really want to share what I learn. So I'm going to do tutorials for a few lesser used stitches.

I hope you will like them! And maybe give them a go too!

First up is coral stitch.

Coral stitch
Pull the thread through the fabric. Hold the thread down with the thumb on your other hand (I'm using a pin as a stand-in here!), then make a short stitch below the thread, perpendicular to the line of stitching (you can draw a line to stitch along or just wing it). As you pull the thread and tighten it, a knot will form, and then you are ready to make the next stitch+knot in the same manner.

Coral stitch
You should end up with something like this. You can use coral stitch as an outline stitch or as a fill stitch. If used as a fill stitch, you make the knots in the next row in the spaces between knots. And so on.

I like this stitch a lot! I want to try it as a shaded filling stitch.. so hopefully, I'll have something like that to show soon. :-)
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1 comment:

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria