Twisted Satin Stitch with and without a bead tutorial

Twisted Satin Stitch, with and without a bead are two delightfully simple yet versatile stitches. Both can be sprinkled across an area or arranged in patterns to create fills. Worked in a radial arrangement it creates small flower like motifs. You can work Twisted Satin Stitch in a line with the stitches pointing end or work them side by side to build up a band.

Twisted Satin stitch and Twisted satin stitch with a bead. Both samples are worked using perle 8 thread.

How to work Twisted satin stitch

Twisted Satin Stitch step 1Bring your needle through to the front of the fabric.
Take a small bite of the fabric as if you were going to make a small straight stitch. Then bring the needle with the point emerging at the base of the straight stitch.
Twisted Satin Stitch step 2Pull the needle through so that it emerges at the base of the stitch you have just made.

Twisted Satin Stitch step 3Thread the needle under the straight stitch. Make sure you go under the thread only not through the fabric.
Pull the needle through under the stitch.

Twisted Satin Stitch step 4Take the needle back through the fabric at the top of the first stitch.

Twisted Satin Stitch step 5As you can see it can be arranged in different directions.

How to work Twisted Satin Stitch with a bead.

As a tip use a size 26 tapestry needle as the needle is thin enough to thread the bead on yet the eye is wide enough to thread a #8 or #5 perle thread.

Twisted Satin Stitch with bead 1Twisted satin stitch with a bead starts the same way as Twisted satin. Work steps 1 and 2.
On the third step before you thread the needle under the straight stitch thread a bead on to your thread.

Twisted Satin Stitch with bead 2Thread the needle under the straight stitch as you would in standard twisted satin stitch. Make sure you go under the thread only not through the fabric. Pull the needle through under the stitch.

Twisted Satin Stitch with bead 3These too can be arranged in patterns or sprinkled across an area. If you are making Christmas/holiday  decorations this beaded version is a great way to sprinkle sparkle over a shape. It is quick and easy to do and if the thread you use is metallic it is very effective.

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11 Responses to Twisted Satin Stitch with and without a bead tutorial

  1. Annet says:

    My experiments were inspired by Queenie’s twisted satin stitches:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/11/twisted-satin-stitch.html

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I started with twisted satin with beads. the sampler is here-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/42-90-twisted-satin-with-bead/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. It is so interesting, not only to learn the stitches, but also to read comments and other’s blogs to notice features to a stitch I had not seen myself. Here are my two version of the Twisted Satin stitch:
    http://queeniepatch.blogspot.jp/2013/11/tast-89-twisted-satin-stitch.html
    http://queeniepatch.blogspot.jp/2013/11/tast-90-twisted-satin-stitch-with-beads.html

  4. Pamela says:

    I’m trying to catch up on one I missed. Here is TAST 85 –
    http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/11/tast-85-raised-cup-stitch.html
    Thanks!

  5. Angela says:

    I gave the beaded version a try this week. Thanks for the instructions!
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/2013/11/take-stitch-tuesday.html

  6. Carol Harper says:

    My samples are here: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2913-stitches-89-and-90.html and the beads don’t show up well as they are a cloudy clear bead — bad choice for photography!

  7. Pamela says:

    Here are my samples for 89 and 90: http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/11/tast-89-twisted-satin-stitch-and-90.html
    They were not difficult stitches to do and worked up fast. I’m sorry my photography doesn’t show them very well.
    Thanks!

  8. Angela says:

    Thanks for the instructions Sharon. I really like this stitch. I did the stitch without the bead this week. I will save doing it with the bead for next Tuesday.
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/2013/11/take-stitch-tuesday-twisted-satin-stitch.html

  9. Annet says:

    This is one of those stitches I learned and forgot all about it. In my post with old twisted satin stitches I share the details and progress photo’s of my old TAST 2007 sampler and links to more eye candy:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/11/old-twisted-satin-stitches.html
    My complete TAST 2007 sampler is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28957501@N04/10821914024/

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