How to embroider Diagonal Satin Stitch

Diagonal Satin stitch is a type of satin stitch that is worked at an angle. You can work this stitch angle right or angled left particularly if you want to take advantage of the sheen or your thread. Often changing angles of this stitch will make a thread shine which means you can work some areas angled in one direction and then other areas angles in another. It is a simple but effective technique.

As with regular Satin stitch tension can be a problem. If your stitches too slack they will sag or they are too tight your stitches will pucker the fabric. You can solve this by using an embroidery hoop.

How to embroider Diagonal Satin Stitch

step by step how to work diagonal satin stitch1To work the stitch bring the thread up through the fabric and make an angled diagonal single stitch. Bring the needle out very close to the stitch just made.

step by step how to work diagonal satin stitch 2Continue to fill the shape.

step by step how to work diagonal satin stitch 3Stitches should lie evenly and closely together. You need to have them covering the fabric but not work on top of each other.

Satin Stitch sample 8You can easily learn and practice Diagonal Satin stitch on even weave fabrics. You can build up patterns using simple stitches. This is an example of diagonal satin stitch worked in a hand space dyed wool and rayon ribbon floss.

Visit the Satin stitch page to give you more ideas on how to use this stitch in your projects. Diagonal Satin Stitch is also known as Slanted Satin stitch.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 6

Chevron stitch sample 6The Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge stitch this week is another old favourite as I find myself turning to this stitch more and more when I feel stuck for ideas on crazy quilt blocks. With Chevron stitch you can vary the spacing of the feet and, the height and width of the stitch to create all sorts of interesting effects.  As you can see from the sample above, you can also overlay stitches such as herringbone.  This sample was created by creating a line of herringbone in dark blue cotton perle #5 thread. The next journey was creating in Chevron stitch in light blue cotton perle #5 thread. To each of the feet I added two bullion stitches in wool thread. Using a hand dyed silk thread I added a fly stitch to the base of the bullion stitches to create what looks like a little bud.

Chevron stitch sample 4It is a great stitch to work back to back and then decorate. In this sample 2 rows of Chevron stitch is worked along a seam before decorating with detached chain stitches and novelty beads.

There are many more ideas on how to use this stitch on the Chevron Stitch instruction page.

How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced push Cretan stitch in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the   Chevron Stitch page with your full web address. In other words don’t forget to include the http bit of the web address so that it becomes a live link. This enables people to click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks or if you have blog link back to Pintangle.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 562, 563 and 564

Crazy quilt block 86I would like to share some crazy quilt seam details found on block 86 of my I dropped the button box quilt. Hopefully they will give you a few ideas to use on your own crazy quilt projects. Click on the thumbnail of the block if you want to see a larger version, read the back story and get the pattern, which is free.

Crazy quilt seam detail 562

The  first seam I will natter about, is a short seam of about an two inches long and is covered with a brown velvet ribbon. I stitched the ribbon down and then using a hand dyed cotton perle #5 thread worked five long tail chain stitches in a fan like arrangement. At the base of the fan I added a glass bead.

Crazy quilt detail 562Crazy quilt seam detail 563

The next seam was embroidered with up and down buttonhole and then using the same hand dyed silk thread I worked a return row in detached chain stitch. I added the small lace motif over the top of the stitching. The motif is rayon lace dyed with procion MX dyes and secured to the block with stitching and seed beads.

Crazy quilt detailCrazy quilt seam detail 564

The last detail is a line of zig zag chain stitch worked in bright pink rayon ribbon floss. the seam is only about 2 inches long so the impact is not too great!

Crazy quilt detail 564

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the  CQ details FAQ page. If you want to see the quilt  it is on the same page.


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