Today’s tutorial is showing you the stitches you will need to complete the brooch as I’ve done mine.I am entirely self-taught so please note,these are my ways of doing the stitches,i’ve done pictures to go with my explanations but if you are in any doubt there are plenty of other sites online that may explain it in a better way for you. You will need 2 strands of your embroidery thread to get the same effect as mine,they separate off from the rest of the skein very easily,just make sure you don’t have too long a length or you’ll get in a ravel.NB if you are right handed your hand will be across your work so don’t panic if your hands aren’t in the same place as mine in the photo’s when you’re stitching,i used my (rather battered and not at all glamorous) left hand so you could see what was going on.1.Backstitch.This creates a continuous line of stitches with no spaces between,it’s good for outlining,writing and decoration : Thread your needle with 2 strands of thread and tie a knot in the end .Bring your needle up through the back of the fabric at the start of the line you want to stitch,my first stitch in the line above was the furthest to the right.Choose how long you want your stitches to be,i do use small stitches but do whatever looks right to you,take the needle down at the point you want your first stitch to end (see picture below) Then pull your thread all the way through so you have 1 completed stitch (in picture below) Next,bring your needle back up from the back of the fabric a stitch length away from where you ended your first stitch (see picture below)Pull the thread all the way through again and then insert the needle back down at the end of your first stitch,so you’re bringing the thread back to where you finished your previous stitch hence back stitch.(See the picture below if you’ve not got the foggiest what i’m on about,that’ll probably explain better 😀 ) Carry on repeating the steps and you’ve cracked back stitch 😀 2.Blanket stitch.Makes an attractive edging,good for stitching fabric together and applique.Blanket stitch looks tricky but really all you’re doing is creating loops with the thread : Thread your needle with two strands of embroidery thread and tie a knot as before,choose your starting point.Inset your needle through from the back of the fabric as far below the top of the fabric as you want your stitch length to be (I measured the length of my stitches on a few things and they are 4-6mm long but as I’ve said before my stitching is small so the size is entirely up to you) Pull your thread all the way through from the back and do a small stitch vertically like this I have read so many different directions learning this stitch and didn’t find any that managed the first stitch without it being wonky so this is the way I’ve worked out how to get it as tidy as possible.Bring your needle and thread up from the back and over the top of the fabric then insert the needle back down at the base of this little stitch.(see picture below ) This forms a loop,you need to then put your needle through the loop and gently pull the thread through (see picture below) Always keep your excess thread to the left to prevent it knotting up.When it is pulled all the way through you should have this – Next,still keeping the excess thread over to the left,insert your needle through the front of the fabric a few millimetres away from your first stitch,make sure that where your needle enters is level with the bottom of your first stitch as I’ve shown in the picture above.This will form a loop as before,make sure your needle stays over the front of the loop of thread and pull your thread through it (see picture below).Carry on repeating this and after a few stitches,it will look like this –If you are using blanket stitch to applique something to a backing fabric treat the edge of the applique as the ‘top’ of the fabric as with the darker grey felt below.3.French knots.The last stitch you may find useful are French knots,don’t panic,it may take a bit of practice but once you’ve mastered it you’ll wonder why it ever stumped you. 😀 .The key to this stitch is taking it slowly and not using too long a piece of thread.(this causes knots that most definitely aren’t French!!).
You’ll need both hands for this so you might find it easier to do it at a table rather than on your lap at first.Thread your needle with two strands of embroidery thread and knot as before,bring your needle up through the back of the fabric at the point you want your knot to be.Pull the thread all the way through and then with your hand that isn’t holding your needle,hold the loose thread a few centimetres above the surface of the fabric (see picture below) Put the needle behind the section of thread between the fabric and your fingers and wind the thread around your needle twice (see picture below) Still keeping the thread taut with your non-needle hand and the loops firmly around the needle,insert the tip of the needle back down into the fabric very close to where it first came out but NOT down the same hole or your knot will vanish.Keeping the thread held with your free hand but not too tightly ,as the needle goes through pull gently with your needle hand,make sure the loops leave the needle and stay on the surface of the fabric.(see pictures below)Let the thread feed through your fingers until it’s too short to hold then let go.This process must be done slowly and gently or you’ll get in a ravel.You SHOULD end up with a neat little knot but don’t worry if you don’t at first,this is notoriously difficult.It may take some practice but once you’ve got it,it’s such a useful stitch for texture and details like eyes.There,that’s me done for this week 😀 Next week i’ll show you how to put everything together and make your brooch.As with the last stage,please don’t hesitate to ask if you’re stuck either in the comments here or over on my Facebook page (link further down the page) Also as before,please could I ask you to click ‘Like’ either at the top of the post or below it so I can judge if it’s actually been useful.Thankyou for reading and happy stitching,Elaine