Beaded Alternating Feather stitch Tutorial

Beaded Alternating Feather sample 2Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a form of Feather stitch that is a fun decorative variety that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns and designs. For most beaded stitches I use a #26 tapestry needle which is fine enough to thread a bead, yet the eye is long enough to take a perle # 8 thread. using this type of needle means you can embroider and bead at the same time. The sample above is created using cotton perle #5 thread and oval beads. I used it on a crazy quilted block as a decorative seam treatment.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch sampleHere is a second sample this time I used seed beads and sequins to decorate a crazy quilt seam.

How to hand embroider Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 1Bring the thread through the fabric at the top left and insert the needle to the right as illustrated. Make a stitch with the needle tip pointed downward and with the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 2Make a second feather stitch by inserting the needle to the right and with the needle tip pointed downward as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 3Thread a bead or beads on your needle and make a large stitch by inserting the needle to the left in line with the left side of your first stitch. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the next stitch.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 4Work these movements alternatively down the line adding beads as required.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 5Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a decorative stitch that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns. I hope you enjoy the stitch.

 

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

How to hand Embroider Braid Stitch

Braid Stitch is a linear stitch that is part of the chain stitch family. It is also known as Cable Plait stitch and Gordian knot stitch. Braid Stitch creates a textured braided solid line which is slightly raised and holds curves well. Braid stitch can be used anywhere that you need a solid line or a fine border.

This stitch can be worked on plain or even-weave fabrics in a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #8 or #5. Stranded floss is too flat to work this stitch well. When working on an even-weave fabric, one or two of the fabric threads can be drawn out behind the stitches to produce a lacy look.

It is important to note that this stitch depends on firm braiding to be successful.  Braid Stitch needs to be worked in a narrow band and with each stitch close together otherwise it will not stay in place. If it pops up or looks loose you need to either work each stitch closer together or work the line narrower. If you don’t want to work it narrower increase the thickness of your thread.  Braid Stitch is tricky even for intermediate to advanced stitchers as the tension is important, so it must be worked using a hoop.

How to work Braid Stitch

The stitches should be kept close together, small less than 5mm (1/4 in) high, otherwise the loops slip and become loose, and pull out of shape as the braided effect is lost.

Braid Stitch tutorial step 1Bring the needle up through the fabric at the base of the line. Make a loop with your needle as illustrated. Note that the thread is passing underneath and is to the left of where the thread came up from the fabric.The top thread is wrapped to the right. I make a little loop with my fingers, lay it on the fabric then poke my needle into it. Once I am in the rhythm I wrap the thread around the needle but to start I make a loop. Clumsy I know but it works! I  then insert the needle on the top line.
Braid Stitch tutorial step  2Bring the needle out on the bottom line directly below where it is inserted. Do not have the needle on the diagonal.
Wrap the thread under the needle.
Braid Stitch tutorial step 3Pull the needle through the fabric in a downwards motion to create the first stitch
Braid Stitch tutorial step 4Continue repeating these steps making sure you keep your stitches close together. In the photograph above I have opened out the stitch a little so that you can see what is happening but normally you would work the stitch closer to the last.

Braid Stitch tutorial step 5Keep each close together otherwise the loops slip and become loose

I hope you enjoy Braid stitch!

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Rosette of Thorns Stitch

Rosette of Thorns is actually a variety of Buttonhole stitch. If you look at it they are a set of 5 buttonhole stitches bunched together at the base with the five arms arranged in a fan. This cluster creates an interesting decorative line. The crown shaped arcs of this stitch can be decorated by adding beads or a French knot. Rosette of Thorns is used in crazy quilting and for decorative borders.

This stitch can be worked in a line or on a gradual curve, with arms of the stitch fanning outwards or in a severe curve to form a circle. It is named Rosette of Thorns as it creates a decorative pattern of crown shapes linked together.

How to work a Rosette of Thorns Stitch

Rosette of Thorns is  a line of grouped buttonhole stitches bunched together at the base with the arms arranged in a fan.  A long buttonhole stitch links each “Crown” of stitches.

Rosette of Thorns tutorial step 1Work from left to right along an imaginary line. Bring the thread out on the base line inserting the needle at the angle  illustrated. Loop the working thread under the needle point before pulling the needle through the fabric to form the first loop.

Rosette of Thorns tutorial step 2Repeat this process changing the angle of the needle slightly each time.

Rosette of Thorns tutorial step 4

If you find it difficult to create a neat arc use a coin as a guide.

Rosette of Thorns tutorial step 5

Once the first ‘crown ‘is worked make a long buttonhole stitch.

Rosette of Thorns tutorial step6Repeat this pattern of making a cluster of stitches for the crown then a gap, another cluster and so on.

Rosette of Thorns tutorial step7You can create many interesting patterns with this stitch by changing how you space the ‘crowns’ or changing the angles or working two lines back to back.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, with techniques to direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to use in your stitching projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here