How to Work Thorn Stitch

Thorn stitch sampleThere are a number of stitches that are called Thorn Stitch for instance there is another thorn stitch used in Mountmellick embroidery but this is not it. They both just happen to have the same names. This version of Thorn stitch is a quick easy variety.

If you look at this stitch- it is actually a type of couched stitch which means you can use all sorts of threads for the central stem. It looks particularly effective in flower sprays, underwater seaweed scenes and the like. If you use novelty threads that are hairy or textured and combine it with beads you can have even more fun.

Thorn stitch can be arranged like a tree as in the photograph. Work the crossed bars closer together to create an easy fir tree (for the Christmas or Holiday season)  You can also use the stitch as a couching technique and attach long threads to a piece of work. You can work the crossed stitches either evenly across the couching thread or graduating the size from small to large. Or you can make one side of the stitch larger than the other. This is very effective if you swing the stitch in a circle. Thorn Stitch is simple to work and  extremely versatile. The more you experiment with it the more you will realise what can be done.

How to Work Thorn Stitch

First create a long single straight stitch.
Thorn stitch step 1
Working from top to bottom bring your needle out on the left hand side of the straight stitch a little to one side.

Take the thread diagonally across the straight stitch and insert it to the right of the straight stitch and bring the needle out on the left. Take the thread across and insert it to the right as illustrated in the photograph. The stitch is a bit like half a Herringbone stitch.

Work down the straight stitch making the stitches larger as you go.
Thorn stitch step 2

I hope you enjoy Thorn Stitch

 

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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.

Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are topics covered in detail. I also explain 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.

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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 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.

These 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.

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Double Pekinese Stitch Tutorial

Double Pekinese Stitch sampleDouble Pekinese Stitch is of course a variety of Pekinese stitch. This stitch creates a heavy braid like line which can follow a curve well making it ideal as an edging or linear stitch. You work two lines of back stitch which is then threaded in a particular lacing pattern with a second contrasting thread.  As a threaded stitch it is quick to work so is ideal stitch choice if you need a thick line that is quick to work.

How to work Double Pekinese Stitch

Your first step is to work two foundation rows of back stitches in a fairly loose manner because the threading will tighten them. If you need a refresher on how to do back stitch check out my tutorial here.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 1

Threading Double Pekinese Stitch

When threading Double Pekinese Stitch use a blunt ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches. As you thread do not pass the needle through the fabric.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 2Work from left to right.

Bring your needle out on the top left of the line.

Slide the needle under the two foundation stitches pointing the needle downwards.

Pull the thread through. Move along two foundation stitches, slide the needle under the stitch. With the needle tip pointed towards the top pull your thread through.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 3

Move back one stitch and slide your needle downwards under the stitch.

With the needle tip pointed towards the bottom pull your thread through.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 4Repeat this lacing process along the line. To create a neat line, tighten slightly after each threaded loop is created.

The sample of Double Pekinese stitch is worked in two threads of different colours so you can see how the stitch is made. You can of course use a single colour. The sample is worked in cotton perle #5.  To create extra interest with this stitch use your imagination with thread choice. Experiment with contrasts of texture and weight. You can lace with, fine cord, heavy yarn, a metallic, or a fine ribbon. As you can see Double Pekinese Stitch is an interesting stitch with loads of possible uses. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Have you seen my book?

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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. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are topics covered in detail. I also explain 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.

using my stitchers Templates set 2Stitchers 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 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.

These 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 

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted Stitch Tutorial

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch was found in the The Batsford Encyclopaedia of Embroidery Stitches by Anne Butler. Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch forms a interesting wavy line which can be used on borders or in crazy quilting.

There are a number of ways you can use it in your hand embroidery projects. For instance you can also stack it row upon row to produce interesting patterns. One way creates wavy patterns if you flip each row little diamond shapes are formed in the spaces between the rows. I have demonstrated quite and extreme angle but you can soften the zig zag by working the stitches at less of an angle. You can also use the stitch to couch down many braids ribbons and novelty threads. If you take some time and experiment there is much you can do with it. In fact I am sure you will find it is a little ripper of a stitch!

How to work Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch stitch looks trickier than it is. To work a row it may help some people to mark the width of the line you want to work.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 21 Start with two straight stitches worked on a diagonal line that go into the same hole in the fabric.

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 3 2 Bring your thread out just below the point where the two straight stitches enter the fabric.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 43 Pass your needle under the top straight stitch as illustrated in the photograph. At this point you are just passing the needle under the thread not through the fabric. Pull the thread through.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 54 Pass the under the top straight stitch and wrap the thread over the needle as illustrated in the photograph. Pull the thread through to form a small knot like stitch.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 65 Place your needle at the base of this stitch where your needle emerged in step 2.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 76 At this stage the stitch looks a bit like a rabbit with long ears.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 87 Bring your needle out on the right hand side of your row diagonally below the stitch you just made.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 98 Pass your needle under the stitch you made on the left hand side,(through under the thread not through the fabric) pull your needle through and take it back into the fabric at the point where it emerged. The thread forms a loop which is like a reverse chain stitch.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 109 On the top section of the loop pass the needle under the thread as illustrated in the photograph.Pull the thread through to form the first part of the knot

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 1110 Pass the needle for the second time under the top section of the loop this time passing it under the previous loop too.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 1211 Take your needle back through the fabric at the point where the stitch started in step 7.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 1312 Continue in a zig zag manner repeating these steps until you reach the end of the row.

As you can see it is an interesting stitch with loads of possible uses. I hope you enjoy it!

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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach you how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the viewers eye around a crazy quilted project. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.