What are Stitchers Worksheets?
The stitch file worksheets are printable template pages which are designed by me to build into a hand embroiderer’s resource file. The worksheets are part stitch dictionary, part inspiration, part storage format, part stimulus to explore new stitches, part lesson and part organisation method.
I am steadily releasing modules of worksheets to share the stitches and their varieties I have collected over 30 years.
Each worksheet features:
The first thing people will notice is that the worksheets have the stitch name running down the side of the page.
I have placed the name of the stitch down the side, so when looking for a stitch you can simply flick along the edge of the pages. If you have ever looked through a large full binder file, and had to open each page to see the title of the page you will know it is annoying particularly if the file is heavy. The stitch name running down the side of the page solves this problem.
The worksheets are named by stitch and by stitch family so people can file by either. The choice is yours.
A small picture of each stitch is in the top right hand corner of each worksheet.
How many times can you remember what a stitch looks like but have forgotten the name? These little icons aim to solve that problem as you can flick through the pictures in the top right hand corner and recognise the stitch you are looking for.
Illustrated step by step directions:
Each stitch has illustrated directions on how to work the stitch.
On the same page, is a space for you to attach a sample, add notes and a record of fabric, thread and needle used.
Eye Candy for Stitchers!
Each stitch file has samples of the stitch used in differnt ways.
These images are otherwise known as stitchers eye candy. The illustrations aim to make you think about what is possible with that stitch.
This is a teaser as it is one of the samples I have worked for the stitch worksheets.
Space for extra Samples
Each stitch file has the options for pages that have two or three areas for extra samples. People can choose which fits the size of their sample best and print the page that suits them and thier resource file.
Space for further notes
Also the worksheets have a section to store photos and note the source of who stitched it. Many of us make up our own ‘inspiration’ file of images found online. So that you dont forget to record where you saw it and whose work it is, this section enables people to track the sources of your inspiration. Once again there are different pages options to print out what you need.
A Grid to sketch out further ideas
Finally there is a grid page as place to sketch out ideas or make further notes.
Choice is the Key
People can print out just the pages they want. They can attach their samples and either use a hole punch or keep their resource file in plastic file pockets.
The Modular Format
The stitch worksheets are offered as a series of reasonably priced modules. This means that people do not have to commit to a huge amount of money, or feel to daunted to start their own sample file. For many the idea of stitching samples for the whole amount would send them running for the hills.
Anyone who has done the TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) challenge will know that it is the bit by bit process that can be steadily built on that produces results.
The modular nature of the worksheets can leverage the psychology behind learning something in a series of small manageable chuncks and produce a positive enhancement to learning hand embroidery.
The combination of the eye candy, a place for people to store their own experiments, to store photos and maker further notes means as they build they become is a valuable resource file and become more valuable the more you build. A bit like life, the more you put in the more you will get out of it.
By releasing them in modules if someone tires, wants a break, or if life gets too busy, they have not lost a lot of money or have a huge unfinished thing to feel guilty about. If people need to take a break they can as they can just buy the next module when they want to and join back in.
Test for free
You can test the worksheets, work a few samples and see if this process suits you.
Please note: There are two versions one is A4 size and the other is US letter size.
These files are in PDF format and you will need Adobe reader to view them. The PDF reader is free from Adobe you can get it from here
Module 1 contains
- Back Stitch
- Buttonhole Stitch
- Herringbone Stitch
Download A4 Module 1 free
Download US letter Module 1 free
Module 2 contains
- Chevron Stitch
- Cretan Stitch
- Couching Stitch
Download A4 module 2 free
Download US letter module 2 free
Module 3 contains
- Chain Stitch
- Detached Chain Stitch
- Fly Stitch
Download A4 module 3 free
Download US letter module 3 free
Module 4 contains
- Feather Stitch
- Running Stitch
- Stem Stitch
Download A4 module 4 free
Download US Letter module 4 free
Where are the other worksheets for hand embroiderers?
How have I attached my samples to my worksheets?
I have used Mistyfuse. Mistyfuse is an iron on fusable webbing with an adhesive that will be better in the long term than double sided tape.
I simply followed the instructions and it worked fine. My only advice is to turn off the steam function as many bubble jet printers are not waterproof and steam can make your paper buckle.
I placed the sample on the page and touched it gently with the iron to position it and then I turned the page and gently ironed from the back so I was not pressing the front of the embroidery.
Stitchin fingers has a stitch along group called stitch junkies. The stitch along is a join in as you can, and as life dictates activity with no strict deadlines or dates to meet. People do not have to work fresh samples as it is OK to incorporate past samples. If you are busy and want to swing in and out of the stitch along as life dictates that is fine. I aim to keep it a guilt free activity.
There is also a Stitch Junkies Flickr group where people are sharing pictures of their samples and worksheets.