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Embroidery Starter kit

Embroidery Stitch Guide

23 October, 2015

We are so excited about our new Embroidery Starter Series kit! Here at Commonthread we are on a mission to get the world stitching! Our easy to follow stitch guide is our new modern take on the classic embroidery samplers. Practice your beautiful hand embroidery stitches in style using our laser-etched wooden cards.
Common-Threads-99Kit includes:

  • A set of 3 laser-etched wood embroidery stitch guides
  • (12) skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss thread assortment in pink, green, blue hues
  • DMC Embroidery Scissors
  • DMC Needle Threader
  • DMC Tapestry Needle size 26

 

DMC's General Stitching Tips

  • Prevent the thread from twisting while you stitch by turning your needle a slight quarter to half turn with each stitch.
  • If your thread gets twisted while stitching, drop the threaded needle and let it hang freely until it “unwinds.”
  • Avoid running the thread across the back of the fabric to go to a new stitching area. Instead, start and stop in each section to assure that running threads don’t show through on the front side of the fabric.
  • Keep your hands clean and avoid handling food and drinks when you stitch.
  • Mark dots for uniform stitch size; to achieve uniform stitch size, use a ruler or tape measure to mark tiny evenly spaced dots along the stitching line. You will learn to gauge stitch distances with experience.
  • Stab “up and down.” When working with your fabric in a hoop it is preferable to stab the needle vertically up and down through the fabric when making each stitch.
  • Keep your tension even. To create smooth uniform stitches, pull each stitch with the same amount of tension.
  • If the stitch is too loose the stitch will appear limp and if the stitch is pulled too tightly the fabric will pucker and cause the design to become distorted.
  • Learn how to use both hands when stitching. Learning how to manipulate the needle takes practice and learning how to hold a hoop while stitching takes time. Sometimes both hands are necessary to complete a stitch and the hand holding the hoop must be used to assist in keeping a loop in place while the other hand stitches.
  • A floor or table stand allows you to keep both hands free for stitching. If you find it difficult to use both hands while trying to hold a hoop, try using a stand.

 

Embroidery Stitch Guide 

The stitches are grouped into three types to correspond to your three cards.

  • Beginner: Outline – Used for outlining the elements of your design
  • Intermedia: Border – Used to secure edges and to add textural dimension to your design
  • Advanced: Filling and Detached– Used to create shading or to solidly fill in a design area. Detached is used to create decorative details or in mass to fill in open areas of the design

 

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Running Stitch

running stitch

Uses: outlining, straight and curved lines.

  • Work from right to left.
  • Bring thread up at 1 then down at 2, up at 3 and down at 4 and continue.
  • The spaces between the stitches can be the same length as the stitches or shorter for a different look.

Tips:

  • Keep an even tension and avoid pulling thread or the stitches will pucker.
  • See Laced Running Stitch for a variation of this stitch.

 

Back Stitch

backstitch

Uses: outlining, straight and curved lines.

  • Work from right to left.
  • Bring needle up at 1 and back down at 2.
  • Move left and bring needle up at 3, then back down at 1. Continue stitching.

Tips:

  • Make shorter stitches for curved lines and shapes.

Make shorter stitches for curved lines and shapes.

Split Stitch

Split stitch

Uses: Outlining, straight and curved lines, filling a shape by working rows closely together.

  • Work from left to right.
  • Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2.
  • Bring needle back up at 3, splitting the center of the previous stitch.
  • Take needle down at 4 and then back up at 2.
  • Continue stitching.

Tips:

  • Make shorter stitches for curvy lines.
  • Use to outline a shape before stitching Satin Stitch to create a raised effect.

 

Stem Stitch

Outlinestitch

Uses: Outlining, straight and curved lines, stems for plants, filling if rows are stitched closely together. Creates a rope like appearance.

  • Work from left to right.
  • Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2.
  • Bring needle back up halfway between 1 and 2 at 3, just slightly above the first stitch.
  • Be sure to keep thread below the needle.
  • Continue stitching

Tip:

  • Make smaller stitches for curved lines to maintain a rounded smooth look.

 

Intermediate Stitches

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Chain Stitch

chain stitch

Uses: Outlining, straight and curved lines, filling if rows are stitched closely together.

  • Work from top to bottom.
  • Bring needle up at 1 and then reinsert needle in same hole, forming a loop.
  • Bring needle up at 2 and pull thread to tighten loop until desired shape is achieved.
  • Repeat multiple stitches to create a chain.
  • To end the row make a small stitch over the last loop to hold it in place to secure thread on backside.

Tips:

  • It is important to keep your thread tension even to create a consistent looking chain. Lazy Daisy Stitchlazy daisy stitchUses: Stitch in a circle to create flowers, single stitches can be leaves.Similar to the chain stitch, but the loops are “detached” instead of connecting.
    • Come up at 1 and back down in the same hole or right next to point 1, forming a loop on the front side.
    • Bring needle up at 2 and pull thread to shape loop into desired shape. Pulling tighter creates a straighter looking stitch, while a looser thread creates a more rounded loop.

    Tips:

    • Finish center of flower with a cluster of French Knots.Seed Stitchseed stitchUses: Filling spaces, flower centers, background textures like leaves, snow and sand.Two small straight stitches side by side and randomly placed to fill an area.
      • Come up at 1 and down at 2.
      • Come up at 3 and down at 4.
      • Continue grouping stitches together randomly and at different angles to look like they are scattered like seeds.

Tips:

  • Stitch in even rows for a decorative border stitch.

 

Feather Stitch

feather stitch

Uses: Decorative border edges, seam embellishment, foliage and stems.

  • Work vertically, from top to bottom.
  • Bring needle up at 1 and back down to right at 2, leaving a loop on the front.
  • Bring the needle back up at 3 and pull thread to shape loop as desired.
  • Insert the needle to the right of 4 at 5, leaving a loop of thread on the front.
  • Bring needle up at 6 and pull thread to shape loop.
  • Take next stitch to the left and continue stitching.
  • To finish, take a small stitch over the last loop.Tip:
    • Mark 4 parallel guidelines to create even width stitches (be sure to use a removable marker as the stitches wont fully cover the guidelines)

 

Cross Stitch

cross stitch

Uses: Borders and filling if worked in adjacent rows.

To stitch a line:

  • Stitching from left to right, bring needle up at 1, down at 2, then up at 3 and down at 4.
  • Continue stitching across to end of line.
  • Start back stitching from right to left, make crosses by bringing the needle up at 5 and down at 6. Continue until all crosses have been stitched.

Tip:

  • Be sure to keep the top stitch on the cross the same direction throughout a project. 

 

Advanced Stitch Card

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Satin Stitch

satin stitch

Uses: Solid filling for shapes, great for monograms

  • Bring needle up at 1, down at 2, then back up right next to 1 and down right next to 2.
  • Place stitches closely together to fill in area.
  • Be sure the thread lays flat and without any twisting to produce a smooth look.

Tip:

  • To raise the stitching, Split Stitch just inside the outline of the shape before starting.

 

French Knot

french knot

Uses: Decorative dots, filling flower centers, leaves, plants, eyes.

  • Bring needle up at 1.
  • Hold thread taut with other hand and wrap the thread twice around end of the needle.
  • Gently pull the thread so that the wrapped threads tighten and while holding it taut, insert the needle next to 1. Pull thread through onto the backside until the knot is formed and lies securely on the surface.

Tip:

  • To make a larger knot, wrap the thread around the needle a couple of extra times or use a thicker thread.

 

Blanket Stitch

blanket stitch

Uses: Straight and gently curved lines, borders and finishing edges.

  • Work from left to right.
  • Bring needle up at 1, down at 2 and up at 3, keeping the thread looped under the needle.
  • Pull thread through and shape stitch as desired.
  • Repeat multiple stitches until complete.

Tips:

  • For an even line of stitching keep the height of the stitches even throughout.
  • To vary the look of the stitch, change the height of each stitch making one long and one short.

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Happy stitching! Check out our other favorite embroidery kits!

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The Commonthread Team


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