How to Hand Embroider Tete de Boéuf Stitch

Tete de Boéuf stitch sampleTete de Boéuf stitch is based on fly stitch. It is also known as Bulls head stitch, Head of the bull and Ox Head Stitch because the two protruding stitches can look like horns.

Tete de Boéuf stitch is often confused with wheatear stitch but they are different. Tete de Boéuf is a fly stitch that is tied off with a detached chain stitch. Wheatear on the other hand, has a loop that looks like a chain stitch but it is actually made in the other direction by passing the needle under two straight stitches (see step 3 in my tutorial for Wheatear stitch.) The other stitch Tete de Boéuf gets muddled with is Slipped Detached chain or Tulip stitch. As you can see in my tutorial for Slipped Detached chain this is another stitch again that although similar the V like stitch is created at the tie off point of the chain stitch making it a very different stitch.

Tete de Boéuf stitch is easy and quick to work. You can scatter stitches over an area to create patterns or arrange them in circles with the horns pointing outwards,inwards or alternating the two. This stitch is effective worked in perle threads, wool, ribbon and fine metallic cords and adding a bead adds zest. You can work Tete de Boeuf stitch on either evenweave or plain weave fabrics

How to work Tete de Boéuf stitch

Bring the thread up through the fabric at the top left of where you want to create the stitch. Hold the thread down with the left thumb and insert the needle to the right and level of where the thread emerged.

Tete de Boéuf stitch step 1Make 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.

Secure the ‘V’ in position with a chain stitch. To do this insert the needle as illustrated, so that the point emerges below.

Tete de Boéuf stitch step 2Wrap your thread under the needle.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the stitch. Take your thread to the back of the fabric and secure the loop with a small straight stitch.

Tete de Boéuf stitchYou have made a Tete de Boéuf stitch! Have fun with more of them.

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Double Zig Zag Coral stitch step by step tutorial

Double Zig Zag Coral stitch is an interesting variety of Coral stitch. It is quite simply a development on Zig Zag Coral stitch. All versions of Coral stitch are based on twisted chain stitch. So this is a case of an offspring developing and moving away from the family line towards something that looks totally different from its ancestor.  If you need to refresh your memory on how to work a twisted chain there is a tutorial here. As you can see the mechanics of the stitch are the same. In other words the hand movement needed to make each coral stitch are same but the pattern is different.

How to work Double Zig Zag Coral Stitch

Work this stitch between two parallel lines from top to bottom.  Follow the line of the weave in the fabric or mark the lines use a dissolvable quilters pen. If you choose to use a pan make sure the lines are removable as they will not be covered with stitching.  With stitches like this I use the threads in the weave of the cloth as my guide. These step by step samples of Double Zig Zag Coral stitch are worked in perle #5 thread.

Double zig zag coral stitch step 1As you would with Zig zag Coral stitch bring your needle out on the left-hand side of the line and make a small twisted chain stitch by inserting the needle and having the point of the needle emerge a short space below the line as illustrated. Wrap the thread over the needle and under the point.  Pull the needle through the fabric. Double zig zag coral stitch step 2Move diagonally across your work, and make a twisted chain stitch as illustrated. Double zig zag coral stitch step 3Take your thread diagonally to the left-hand side of the line and make a twisted chain stitch. double zig zag coral stitch step 4Continue in this manner zig zagging down the line. At this stage you have created a line of regular Zig Zag Coral stitch. Tie off your work at the back.

Double zig zag coral stitch step 5

Work a second line of Zig Zag coral stitch off set to the first. I have worked the sample in a different colour so as the second journey can be seen easily. Although this is decorative you do not need to use two colours.

Double Zig Zag Coral stitch is fun and once you get in the rhythm it is quick to do. This stitch looks good in a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle. Stranded cotton can make all the coral stitches look a bit lack lustre. It is also interesting to use thicker threads to create a border on your work. Or you can work Double Zig Zag Coral stitch row upon row to build up patterned fills. This is also a wonderful stitch to use to couch down braids, ribbon or novelty thread. This can give your which embroidery a contemporary twist. Double Zig Zag Coral stitch is also a surface embroidery stitch that you can easily add beads to, either in the diamond shapes it forms or use beads to tie the cross bars down. Simply put it is fun and I hope you enjoy experimenting with Double Zig Zag Coral stitch.

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Slipped Cable Chain Stitch Tutorial

Slipped Cable Chain sample Slipped Cable chain stitch can be used as decorative linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. Based on cable chain stitch, it follows a curve well and you can add beads to this stitch easily. Cable chain is the foundation of  this stitch so if you need a refresher on how to work cable chain you will find it here. A foundation row of cable chain is worked with a return row of stitches slipped under the link which means it looks a bit like wheatear stitch but if you look carefully at wheatear you will see that a chain stitch is slipped under 2 stitches in a V like formation whereas with slipped cable chain the V is created after the chain stitch is made.

How to hand embroider Slipped Cable Chain stitch

Slipped Cable Chain step 1Work a row of cable chain stitch. At the end of the row at the last link take the needle to back of the fabric and bring the thread out to the side of the line on a diagonal, as illustrated.

Slipped Cable Chain step 2Slide the needle under the bar of the bottom link. As you do this take care not pick up any of the fabric.

Slipped Cable Chain step 3To complete the V, insert the needle, back into the fabric on the right hand side of the foundation row of cable chain as illustrated. Take the needle diagonally across the back of the fabric, and bring it out on further up on the left side as illustrated.

Slipped Cable Chain step 4Repeat these steps along the line working a row from the bottom up. You can just do one line of slipped stitches or choose to do two.

Slipped Cable Chain step 5 This is a very quick and versatile stitch, which is interesting on its own but also is interesting when more slip stitches are added. Secondary slipped stitches can be added in the same thread or in a different colour or a thread of a different thickness. For a different effect you can use ribbon and fine cord for this stitch.

Slipped Cable Chain sample 2In the sample  at the top of the article a finer thread was used to create another row of slip stitches. You can vary the length, direction and number of the slipped stitches to create loads interesting patterns.

Slipped Cable Chain sample 3It is also a relatively quick stitch to work. When Slipped Cable Chain is worked on a curve it creates a very organic look to the stitch. It can also look good with a bead stitched to the middle of each chain or add beads on the end of the spikes.

It is a versatile fun stitch to have in your in repertoire of stitches.
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As a stitcher 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 embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

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