Italian Border Stitch Tutorial

hand embroidered sample of Italian Border StitchItalian border Stitch is great for borders and edges. You can work this stitch where you would normally use buttonhole to finish an edge. Worked in a compact manner it forms a neat line with the knot re-enforcing the edge.

Since this stitch is actually a variety of fly stitch it is very versatile. Italian border stitch can also we worked in a line, arranged in patterns  or worked in a circle to create disk like flowers.

With this stitch you can easily add beads. Since the stitch can be opened out to form a V there is countless geometric patterns too. You can also use it to hold down a thicker thread or ribbon or weave a thin ribbon through the spokes.

I have also seen another variety of Italian knotted border stitch documented in Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches, Including Crewel by Marion Nichols, which has a second row of French knots worked along the top of the open sitches

hand embroidered sample of Italian Border stitch

How to work Italian Border Stitch

How to work Italian Border stitch step 1

Italian knotted border stitch is actually a variety of Fly stitch and you begin the stitch in the same way.

Bring the thread through the fabric out at the top and to the left of the line that is to be worked.

Insert the needle a small space along the line, level and to the right of where the thread first came out.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 2

With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 3

Secure the stitch in position with a small knot.

To do this you need to wrap your working thread once around the needle and insert the needle at the base to tie down the stitch.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 4

As you pull the needle to the back keep the tension of working thread even by guiding the thread under your left thumb like you would a French knot.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 5

Continue along the row in this manner

How to work Italian Border stitch step 6

 




Beaded Hedebo Edge Stitch Tutorial

I am sure crazy quilters will love Beaded Hedebo Edge as it is  decorative and pretty. I know that it has become one of my favourites. Apart from being used as an edging stitch, this stitch has loads of creative potential, I like it particularly worked along the edge of paisley patterns.

Beaded Hedebo Edge stitch sample I discovered the stitch  in the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 which is part of the Country Bumpkin series of A-Z Needlecraft books (The same people who produce Inspirations Magazines) .

It is called Beaded Hedebo Edge and consists of a foundation row of cross stitches which are then worked over in beads and scalloped with a form of buttonhole.

For purposes of this sample I used 3m beads, tapestry needle size 26 and perle 8 thread.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 1You may want to take a look at up and down buttonhole stitch because the the second part of working up and down buttonhole is the same hand movement as the  stitch on Beaded Hedebo Edge.

How to work Beaded Hedebo Edge

First make a line of half cross stitches almost as if you were working alternating cross stitch but make every second stitch longer.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 2Make the return run to complete the cross stitches.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 3Bring the needle to the front at ‘A’ and thread a seed bead on your needle.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 4Take it back into the fabric at ‘B’

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 5Your bead will sit at an angle as illustrated.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 6Bring your needle out of the fabric at ‘C’

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 7Pass your needle upwards under both bars of the cross stitch but NOT through the fabric.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 8Wrap the thread behind the needle as illustrated.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 9Pull the needle through in an upwards motion. Half way along the length of the thread change direction and move your hand downwards. This means you are stitching in an up and over motion.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 10As you tighten the thread slightly a loop is made at the bottom of the bar.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 11Pull until snug.

NOTE: Your are not stitching through the fabric

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 12Continue along the cross bars until the bars are snug, packed with stitches. Take your needle to the back at the base of the bar to keep the edge neat.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 13Bring your needle out at the base of the small cross stitch, take up a bead thread it on your needle. Take your needle to the back at the top of the stitch.

Bring your needle out at the base of the long cross stitch ready to repeat the process again.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 14Continue in this manner until you have worked all the bars.
I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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Pekinese Stitch Tutorial

Pekinese Stitch sample 1Pekinese stitch is also known as Chinese stitch since it is found on Chinese embroideries worked in silk, row upon row sometimes 30-40 stitches to the inch.

Pekinese stitch creates a heavy line which can follow a curve well making it ideal to use as a linear stitch. Pekinese stitch is also great to use as finishing line around the edge of items like fabric postcards, ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) bags, purses, needle books or pin cushions. It works well for anything small that requires a tidy edge.

This stitch can crate a fine line is you use a fine thread. In the sample to the left I hand embroidered a fine line of Pekinese stitch down the middle of rick rack braid using cotton perle #12 threads. The beads are seed beads so it gives you a sense of scale.

How to work Pekinese Stitch.

Start by working a foundation line of back stitch in a loose manner because the threading will tighten the stitches. If you need a refresher on how to work back stitch check out my tutorial on back stitch here

Pekinese Stitch step 1 A second decorative thread is then laced through the line of back stitches. Use a blunt ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches. As you thread do not pass the needle through the fabric

Work from left to right. Bring your needle out on the bottom left on the line of back stitches. Move along two stitches to slide the needle under the foundation back stitch. With the needle tip pointed towards the top pull your thread through.
Pekinese Stitch step 2

Move back one foundation stitch and slide your needle downwards under the stitch. With the needle tip pointed towards the bottom pull your thread through.
Pekinese Stitch step 3Repeat this lacing process along the line. To create a neat textured line, tighten slightly after each threaded loop is created.

Pekinese Stitch sample 3For extra interest use your imagination with thread choice. Experiment with contrasts of texture and weight. You can lace with fine cord, chainette, rayon ribbon floss, a yarn, or a fine ribbon. In the sample above I have laced using a fine metallic  braid.

Pekinese Stitch sample 2You can also work lines back to back to create an interesting thicker line. In the sample above I worked a foundation row of back stitches in green cotton perle #5 thread then I laced them with a hand dyed cotton perle #5.  I added a third line of back stitch down the middle.

I hope you enjoy this stitch!

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