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Stitch steps: Trellis or lattice couching

On September 6th 2017

Trellis, square or lattice couching is used to fill areas decoratively. First, a grid of threads is laid down, then they are couched in place using simple or more complex stitches, often in a contrasting colour. Trellis couching RIGHT Trellis couching LEFT

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Stitch steps: Knitting stitch

On September 6th 2017

Knitting stitch is also known as duplicate stitch and Swiss darning. Worked over stocking stitch using a graph in most cases, the stitches cover the original stitches exactly, creating the effect of colour knitting such as intarsia or Fair Isle techniques very simply. Knitting stitchRIGHT Knitting stitchLEFT

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Stitch steps: Granitos stitch

On September 6th 2017

Granitos are simple, slightly dimensional stitches that resemble a grain of rice and make superb petals, leaves, buds and animal eyes. Granitos RIGHT Granitos LEFT

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Stitch Steps – Buttonhole stitch

On August 4th 2017

Buttonhole stitch differs slightly from its cousin, blanket stitch, by having an extra twist that gives a more durable, defined edge to the stitch. It can be worked very close together to make actual buttonholes or to finish the raw edges of whitework and cutwork embroidery, or be spaced more widely over cloth for a [...]

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Stitch steps: Turkey stitch & tufted knot

On July 26th 2017

Sometimes called Turkey work, this is a versatile stitch that can be used in many different ways. The distinctive thing about it are the freestanding loops or cut strands that can be used to depict realistic grass, flower stamens, hair, manes and more. Tufted knots are used in quilting as well as embroidery. Turkey stitch, [...]

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Stitch steps: Whipped & laced stitches

On July 3rd 2017

Worked on a foundation row of running stitch or backstitch, whipped and laced stitches add texture and interest to a project and they can be used decoratively or to depict things such as rope. The two or three journeys of the stitch can all be worked in a single colour, but using tones of one [...]

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Stitch Steps: Palestrina stitch

On April 18th 2017

Palestrina stitch goes by several other names as well: Smyrna, double knot, pearl, tied coral and old English knot stitches. It’s a three-step stitch that creates a richly textural line that can resemble a line of beads. It can be worked singly, in lines and with varying lengths to the base stitches. Palestrina stitch RIGHT [...]

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Stitch Steps: Cast-on stitch (single)

On April 18th 2017

Cast-on stitch is related to bullion stitch, but instead of simple wraps, each wrap is individually looped around the shaft of the needle to give a more textural effect to the stitch. It ends up looking a little bit like a buttonhole loop. The stitch can be worked flat, curved or looped and makes lovely [...]

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Zoo BOM Cutting Guide (or Schemas)

On February 3rd 2017

Please note that these diagrams do not include the 3in squares to be cut in Step 8 of Part 1 as only 16 of the 23 colours are used as selected by you. Guide for Cutting Fabrics

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Stitch Steps – Continental (tent) stitch

On February 1st 2017

This is a basic needlepoint stitch used on canvas. It looks like half-cross stitch on the front, but it’s worked differently to give denser coverage. It can be stitched in both horizontal and vertical rows to suit the colour changes in the design. Continental (tent) stitch LEFT Continental (tent) stitch RIGHT

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