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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How to work Bouclé Stitch

Bouclé Stitch Sample1Bouclé Stitch is a stitch that can be worked on any grid. It is a normally used as a canvas work stitch (also known as needlepoint) but it also can be worked on any fabric that is an even weave. So you can use it on foundation fabrics such as Aida and linen apart from working it traditionally on mono or interlock canvas.

Bouclé stitch is a textured stitch worked within a square.I discovered it in an old book on Canvas stitches by Mary Rhodes titled Dictionary of Canvas Work Stitches.

The trick to this stitch is to match the yarn carefully to the size of the stitch you want to work. Too thick and the texture is so tight you cant see too much effect and too thin and Bouclé Stitch sits flat on the fabric not doing much at all. If you have an interesting thick thread work larger stitches to show off the thread to its best advantage. Also there is no reason why the loops could be one thread and the bars another.

A final tip is on the second pass work the loops quite loose as then the texture of the stitch fills out producing an interesting surface that looks a little like Bouclé.

How to work Bouclé stitch

Bouclé stitch stitch can be worked in a square over any number of threads.

Bouclé Stitch Step 1Work a line of even diagonal stitches with the top each stitch angled toward the right. Have each stitch firm against the fabric, but not too tight as when you create the loops on the second pass these stitches need to be able to pull to one side a little.

Bouclé Stitch Step 2Bring your thread from the back at the top left hand corner of the stitch. To make the first loop take your needle over the top of the bar and pass it under the bar. As you pass under the bar make sure your needle points towards the top left hand corner as illustrated.

Bouclé Stitch Step 3To complete the loop insert the needle back into the fabric at the top left hand corner of the stitch. In the same action bring your needle out at the top right corner of the stitch, as illustrated.

Bouclé Stitch Step 4Work along the line adding a loop to each diagonal stitch.

Bouclé Stitch Step 5For the second part of the stitch. Take your thread back to the start of the row and work a second row of diagonal stitches inserting and exiting your needle at the same hole of the fabric as the first row of diagonal stitches.

Bouclé Stitch Step 6Don’t tension these too tight as the next row of loops will pull them slightly.

Bouclé Stitch Step 7Work a row of loops on each of the diagonal threads using the same method as you did the top line.

Bouclé Stitch Step 8This sample is worked in cotton perle #5 so you can see the structure of the stitch. Worked on a finer fabric Bouclé stitch produces a braid like line or a textured fill.

Bouclé Stitch Sample 2I hope you enjoy exploring Bouclé Stitch!

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