This embroidery stitch is also known as Vandyke chain stitch. It is a line stitch and filling used on plain-and even-weave fabrics and is suitable for use with any type of embroidery thread.

You can make decorative zigzag line-an unusual outline for a shape.  Work in the same way as ordinary chain stitch, but each chain loop is set at right angles to the previous one to create the zigzag line. Continue reading…

This embroidery stitch is also known as double cable stitch Zigzag. It is a simple but effective variation of ordinary cable stitch. It is a line stitch and filling used on plain-and-even-weave fabrics.

The stitches are formed in exactly the same manner as cable stitch, but each one is worked at right angles to the previous one to make a zigzag line. When used as a line stitch, zigzag cable stitch is usually worked in straight lines, as it does not follow curves well. Continue reading…

Vandyke stitch is an attractive filling stitch often used for leaf shapes. It can also be worked as a border.

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Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch is similar to German knotted buttonhole stitch but with a smoother, neater finish.stitch. This is also known as Mirrored buttonhole stitch, it is useful for outlines, but can also be used as an open filling stitch when parallel rows are worked close together.

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Twisted chain stitch is a simple variation of chain stitch that involves twisting the thread while making the loop. When worked in a fairly thick thread it creates a braid-like texture, as can be seen on the leaf and flower stems in the Jacobean design opposite. Continue reading…

Scroll stitch is also known as single knotted line stitch, this kind of embroidery makes attractive border. Marking a line on the fabric will help keep the stitches straight. This stitch can be used on plain-and even-weave fabrics. It makes a simple knotted line that flows around curves and follows intricate details well; it is often used to depict areas of water.

Any type of embroidery thread can be used with scroll stitch, providing that it is compatible with the weight of the ground fabric. A floss thread gives a much flatter effect than a rounded thread, such as pearl or soft cotton. It is very quick and easy to use and runs from left to right along the line. Continue reading…

Open Cretan Stitch may be used for decorative borders and edgings and appliqué. For regular stitches, use evenweave, or mark fabric with four parallel lines.

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This quick and easy  embroidery stitch is a variation of chain stitch.  It gives a ladder-like effect, it is also known as Roman chain or square chain stitch, ladder stitch, small writing (when the stitches are narrow) and big writing (when the stitches are wide).

Open chain stitch can be worked to give either an open or closed effect, to do it you can simply adjusting the spacing between parallel lines to make a heavy outline and can couch down cards, narrow embroidery thread or ribbons. Continue reading…

Do you want to learn cross stitch? Are you a beginner and you are not sure which fabric to use? For your first cross stitch project I advice you to choose a fabric with a thread count easy to see.  It is preferable for you start with 11 – and 14 count fabrics. There are also six, seven and eight count fabrics but they are useful for children that like to learn cross stitch. Once you learn to embroider cross stitch, you can try to use finer fabrics that have more threads to the inch. Continue reading…

This embroidery stitch is also known as centipede stitch and knotted loop stitch. This is a line stitch and it is used on plain and even weave fabrics. It has a raised, plaited centre. and it is normally used on the straight, but it will follow a curve, providing that it is gradual.

Loop stitch can also be used to fill narrow shapes by varying the lenght of the outside stitches and outlining the shape with back stitch or stem stitch for greater definition. Continue reading…

Lazy Daisy Stitch is a very simple and easy way to work the petals of tiny flowers as small daisies or forhet-me-nots. One Lazy Daisy Stitch makes each petal.

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Ladder Stitch is a kind of embroidery stitch used on plain-and even weave fabrics. It has a ladder-like appearance, hence the name, and it is used as a border stitch or to fill a long, narrow shape of varying width.

This stitch should always be worked on fabric stretched in an embroidery hoop or frame to prevent it form distorting the fabric.

When the stitch is worked in a straight line, guidelines may need to be drawn on the fabric, unless the fabric threads can be counted, to keep the line straight. The rungs of the ladder can be placed close together to achive a solid effect or can be spaced apart to give the stitch a more lacy appearance.
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This kind of embroidery stitch is a decorative variation of the regular buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch. Knotted Buttonhole stitch has a knot at the top of the edge.

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Straight Stitch is shown as single, spaced stitches worked either in a regular or irregular manner. Sometimes the stitches are of varying size. The stitches should be neither too long nor too loose.

stem stitch

Stem stitch is one of the most popular outlining stitches.

You can use this stitch to utline flowers or to fill an area, unshaded leaves, and arabesque, and all conventional designs.

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How to Make a Biscornu

September 19, 2010

What is a biscornu? How to make a pincushion? A biscornu is a French adjective that means irregular in shape. The Blog French Word of the Day contains the explanation of the term biscornu:

Bis means ‘twice’, and cornu means ‘with horns’, ‘that which has an irregular form, with projections’, or ‘complicated and bizarre.

It is a small eight-sided pillow usually made out of Aida cloth or regular linen, you can use all embroidery stitches that you know to decorate and personalize the top and bottom of the small pillow.

Use a button to secure in the center of the pillow and to give a small depression on the top; you can also use beads to decorate the biscornu.The ideal size of a biscornu is between three to four inches, but can be smaller or bigger if using as a fob or decorative pillow respectively. A biscornu can be done using the technique of crochet, quilting or patchwork but the result is not like a counted thread.

Biscornus are very elegant and they are used by the embroiderer as holiday ornament, pincushion or cell phone decoration. They are popular items for stitchers to exchange in fact there are many biscornu exchanges arranged online through blogs, forums and social network.

Here below there is a biscornu guilde how to find tutorials and free patterns to make a biscornu.

In the wbsite Suite101 there is a very interesting guild with usefull instructions how to make a biscornu you can learn about:

On the Blog  Prettyimpressivestuff you can discover the origins of biscornu and online examples like a free patterns of traditional bulgarian motifs to stitch on a biscornu.

The Blog Own-two-hands offers you a tutorial with images and pattern how to make a biscornu.

Free Cross Stitch Biscornu Patterns

If you are looking for cross stitch patterns to decorate your biscornu, Artedelricamo affers you a list with some links of free patterns online:

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