How to work Fly Stitch

Fly stitch sample 9Fly stitch is a simple stitch that can be used for many things. For instance in Fly stitch is used in the sample above. In this piece of contemporary embroidery I worked fly stitch in stranded cotton floss, perle #8 cotton, perle #12 cotton over layers of chiffon and net to produce a watery effect.

Fly stitch sample 2This is a more traditional example of fly stitch. In the foliage of this floral motif fly stitch is stacked to create leaves. You start small and work to a larger fly stitch. In this sample I used a dark green wool, 1 strands of light green cotton floss and a green metallic machine embroidery thread. I threaded a needle with all three threads and proceeded to work fly stitches close together in leaf like shapes.

Fly stitch sample 4Here fly stitch is used to represent the leaves of a rose bud. I worked the fly stitch in cotton perle #5  and the bud itself which is is made up of 2 bullion knots is worked in a hand dyed silk that is about the same thickness as cotton perle #8.

Fly stitch sample 5On this sample  I have used the same technique to secure a strip of lace on a crazy quilt project. This time however the bullion buds are worked in wool and the fly stitch is cotton perle #5.

Fly stitch sample Not only can you use it in foliage and floral motifs you can repeat the stitch to create geometric patterns. This is fly stitch worked using wool overlapping herringbone also worked in a wool thread.

Fly stitch sample6

This is a very versatile stitch. In this case the ties of the fly stitch are not straight stitches but detached chain stitches. Of course this means it is no longer fly stitch but a variation but it is an attractive adaption to explore and play with. This sample secures a braid to a piece os crazy quilting and  is worked in hand dyed rayon thread.

How to work Fly Stitch

Fly stitch step by step 1Bring 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. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated.

Fly stitch step by step 2With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric. Secure the ‘V’ in position with a small vertical straight stitch.

Fly stitch sample 8This is is another contemporary interpretation of the stitch. On this sample I used knitting yarn, novelty yarn (thats the hairy stuff), stranded cotton floss, perle #5 cotton, and wool.

Fly stitch sample 7In this sample I used fly stitch for the stems to little floral elements in this floral motif used on a patch in a crazy quilted block.

Fly stitch is also know as ‘Y’ stitch, and open loop stitch.

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Sorbello Stitch Step By Step Tutorial

Sorbello Stitch sample 1

Sorbello stitch is an evenweave hand embroidery stitch that originated in the village of Sorbello in Italy and most people encounter it in traditional embroidery. It looks like a cross stitch with a knot in the middle –  a textured cross stitch. This stitch is usually worked on a grid which means you can use this stitch as a substitute for cross stitches or you can use the grid like structure to give it a contemporary twist.

Sorbello Stitch sample 2How to work Sorbello Stitch

Sorbello Stitch step by step Tutorial 1Sorbello Stitch is a very simple yet effective stitch and once you get into the rhythm it works up quickly. The step by step samples are worked over 4 squares of Aida using cotton perle #5 thread but traditionally Sorbello stitch is worked on a smaller scale.  I made the samples larger so that it could be photographed in a way that people could see what was happening.

Work this stitch from left to right.

When working this stitch keep your tension slightly loose, particularly the top bar as it will tighten as you work more stitches.

Sorbello Stitch step by step Tutorial 2

First make a stitch that wis a horizontal bar. This will form the foundation of the loop.

Bring the thread through from the back of the fabric and make a horizontal straight stitch at the top of an imaginary square.

Taking the needle diagonally across the back of the fabric bring the needle up  through the fabric on the bottom left-hand corner.

Sorbello Stitch step by step Tutorial 3Slide the needle under the horizontal stitch. Make sure the working thread is kept to the right of the needle, so that when you pull it through it forms a loop over the horizontal bar stitch – as in the illustration.

Slide the needle under the horizontal stitch a second time but this time  keep the working thread under the needle to the left so that combined actions will form a knot.

Take the thread through the fabric at the bottom right-hand corner bringing it out at the top left corner of the next stitch and repeat the process.

As you can see the stitch looks like a row of cross stitches with a knot in the middle. Diamond shapes form between the stitches and you can add beads or form patterns with how you space the stitch.

Sorbello Stitch step by step Tutorial 4Sorbello stitch also looks great spaced to create patterns.

Sorbello Stitch sample 3I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch

Sorbello Stitch sample 4

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Illustrated instructions on how to work Shisha Stitch

Shisha stitch is wonderful stitch that has a long and rich history associated with Indian embroidery. Most people have seen little mirrors secured to Indian textiles and for this reason it is also known as mirror work. This form of embroidery has travelled and is frequently found in the traditional textiles of not only India, but also Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and throughout Asia.

Today embroiderers around the globe have adopted and adapted this stitch to contemporary techniques. It is most often used to secure not only mirrors but also small flat objects, coins, stones shells etc to their work. I have also seen cut pieces of CD attached to embroidery using shisha stitch. You can cut an old CD into interesting shapes with heavy duty scissors. You can also cut up all sorts of coloured plastics

If you use real shisha do be aware that it is glass. As you stitch take care not to run your fingers along the side as it can cut you.

How to work Shisha Stitch

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 1Commence by securing the glass with two long straight vertical stitches placed at thirds across the disk. If the glass slips get a little piece of double sided sticky tape and stick it to the back of the glass. Make sure the tape is small enough not to poke out from behind the edge of the glass. It does not have to be a big piece just a piece big enough to hold the glass from slipping.

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 2Imagine that the disk is the face of a clock. Bring the needle out at the right side of the disk at approximately 4 o’clock.

Take the needle over the first bar stitch and pass it under the thread as illustrated.

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 3Pull the needle through. The thread will form a loop around the bar.

Take the needle over the second bar stitch and pass it under the thread as illustrated.

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 4Pull the needle through. The thread will form a loop around the bar. Take the needle through the fabric as you have created the section of a frame of stitches that will secure the shisha in place.

Repeat these steps to create the second part of the grid. It looks at this stage a little like a tic-tac-toe grid which is why some people call shisha stitch, anchored tic-tac-toe. You now have the foundation for a frame of stitches that will edge the shisha glass

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 5The next step is to bring the needle out at the point indicated in the photograph.

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 6Take the needle over and then thread it under the point where the foundation threads cross. Pull the needle through.

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 7Make a small stitch along the side of the disk and wrap the thread under the needle as illustrated. Pull the needle through.

How to work Shisha stitch tutorial step 8Then repeat taking the needle over and then thread it under the point where the foundation threads cross. Move along and repeat this around the disk.

Work your stitches close together as these form a frame that contains the mirror.

You can work in a clockwise or anti clockwise direction. Choose what ever direction you are comfortable with.

 

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