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A little lesson from the Dreamscapes WH123 - the bicycle design

  [singlepic id=832 w=320 h=240 float=] Click on image to enlarge Good morning stitching world :) This is the latest design from the Dreamscapes series and I just love the tranquil shades and the interesting dimensional effects that were created with simple stitches by Emma Kriegler. See how the leaves are made with ribbon stitch? I will tell you a little more about the leaves and the bicycle wheels in...

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Couching

Click on image to enlarge Couching: To form interesting stems and branches, or to make basket handles or bicycle wheels, couch thicker yarns or wire in place. This is a good stitch to use when the yarn is too thick to thread up in a needle. Use one or two strands of thread and couch in place as shown. See page 22 of my book: Flower Fairies™ in ribbon...

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Detached chain or lazy daisy

Detached chain stitch or lazy daisy: A single stitch is formed at a time for interesting leaves and a circle of stitches makes a lazy daisy flower. Come up and make a loop. Take the needle and ribbon all the way to the back, holding the loop in place. Come up inside the loop and secure it in place with a tiny stab stitch. Take the needle and ribbon...

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Straight stitch with ribbon

Straight stitches, worked with ribbon in different lengths, are ideal for making stems, blades of grass and thin, pointed leaves. Best worked with the fabric stretched in a hoop or frame. It is a good idea to work over a spare tapestry needle (or similar object) when you make the stitch. This way, the stitch is slightly raised up off the surface of the design. Remember to work with a...

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Ribbon stitch

Ribbon stitch is probably the stitch which is the most used stitch of all the stitches in ribbon embroidery. To make the stitch, pierce the ribbon before taking the needle to the back. Hold the stitch with your finger as you pull the ribbon through your fabric and stop pulling as soon as the stitch curls up on the edge. If you pull the ribbon too far, it becomes...

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Straight or stab stitch with thread

Straight or stab stitches, worked in different lengths, are ideal for making stems, blades of grass and thin, pointed leaves. The stitches should be neither too loose, nor too tight, and work with the fabric stretched in a hoop or frame. Stitches are made stab-stitch-style: take the needle and thread all the way to the back of your work before coming up to form the next stitch. Stitch diagram...

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Working with two needles

When working with two needles: always ensure that one of the needles (with thread or ribbon) lies on the top of your work whilst you stitch with the other. This way, the thread and ribbon won’t become tangled at the back of your work

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Stem stitch

Stem stitch. A slight variation on the traditional stem stitch, this is a way to form a finer line which works well with this kind of embroidery. Instead of making the traditional slanted stitches, insert the needle along an imaginary or drawn line as shown. Longer stitches of 1 to 3 cm (3/8 to 1”) are also used for a smoother texture. Stitch diagram is © Metz Press and...

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