How to hand embroider Sailors Edge Stitch

Sailors Edge stitch and Sailors Stitch are similar. I think Sailors Edge Stitch is a variety of Sailors stitch as the main hand motions required to make the stitch are the same.  They are a good example of  how if you change one hand movement in the process it can totally change the look and usage of a stitch. I found this version in The Batsford Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches by Ann Butler.

 

How to work Sailors Edge Stitch

Work is stitch down a vertical line from top to bottom.

sailors edge stitch how to illustration

Have your needle emerge at the top-of-the-line. Move it down the line and take a small bite of the fabric as illustrated.

sailors edge stitch how to illustrationWith your needle pointing left keep the thread under the needle tip pull the needle through so you have a small buttonhole stitch.

sailors edge stitch how to illustrationInsert your needle at the base of the buttonhole stitch with the needle tip emerging at the other side of the buttonhole as illustrated. Wrap your thread under the needle as you would a chain stitch and pull the needle through.

sailors edge stitch how to illustrationContinue down the line in this manner.

As you work hold each loop on to the fabric with your left thumb (if you are right handed)  until the little chain stitch anchors it.

sailors edge stitch how to illustrationAs you can see it is quite easy to work and as a result it is a quick edging stitch. If you vary the tension of the thread between each buttonhole you will produce a looped edge.

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How to hand embroider Woven Chained Bar stitch

Woven chained bar ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids. You need first to work a row of regular Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked follow the link to a tutorial.

Woven chain bar 1Work a foundation of Chained bar stitch. For the sample I have worked a sample over 5 straight stitches of a hand dyed chainette thread.

To weave the chain stitches

The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5. Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your needle through.

Woven chain bar 2Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through. Continue weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line.
If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

Woven chain bar 3During the weaving stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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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 apply to 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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How to hand embroider Bullion Vandyke Stitch

Bullion Vandyke stitch is an interesting variety of two stitches the first being  Vandyke stitch and the second being a Bullion Knot

This stitch creates a heavily textured line useful for borders but you can also work the stitch inside shapes to create motifs like leaves etc. You have one side textured and the other less so as if light was falling on it. I admit to this variety being a bit tricky but once you get into the rhythm of the stitch it is not difficult for an intermediate stitcher to work.

How to work Bullion Vandyke Stitch

Work this stitch from top to bottom between two invisible lines. If needed you mark the outline with a quilters pen that either disappears or will disappear with steam or water. For the demonstration I have used cotton perle #5.

Vandyke bullion stitch step 1Bring the thread through from the back of the fabric on the left hand side of the line.
As you would with regular Vandyke stitch make a small horizontal stitch at the centre point between the two edges of the line.

Take your needle through the fabric and insert the needle on the right hand side of the line and have the needle point emerge where the thread comes out of the fabric as illustrated.

Vandyke bullion stitch step 2Wrap your needle 6-8 times and then pull the needle carefully through the coil. While performing this action hold the coil down on the fabric with the left thumb. Pull the working thread through the coil until it tightens and take the needle through the fabric at the point where it first appeared. The coil of thread should now lie on the surface

Vandyke bullion stitch step 3Bring your needle out on the left hand side or the line a little below the first stitch and repeat and continue working down the line

Vandyke bullion stitch step 4It sounds difficult but is one of those stitches that once you get the hand of it feels not so hard.

Vandyke bullion stitch step 5I hope you enjoy this stitch!