How to work Bouclé Stitch

Bouclé Stitch Sample1Bouclé Stitch is a stitch that can be worked on any grid. It is a normally used as a canvas work stitch (also known as needlepoint) but it also can be worked on any fabric that is an even weave. So you can use it on foundation fabrics such as Aida and linen apart from working it traditionally on mono or interlock canvas.

Bouclé stitch is a textured stitch worked within a square.I discovered it in an old book on Canvas stitches by Mary Rhodes titled Dictionary of Canvas Work Stitches.

The trick to this stitch is to match the yarn carefully to the size of the stitch you want to work. Too thick and the texture is so tight you cant see too much effect and too thin and Bouclé Stitch sits flat on the fabric not doing much at all. If you have an interesting thick thread work larger stitches to show off the thread to its best advantage. Also there is no reason why the loops could be one thread and the bars another.

A final tip is on the second pass work the loops quite loose as then the texture of the stitch fills out producing an interesting surface that looks a little like Bouclé.

How to work Bouclé stitch

Bouclé stitch stitch can be worked in a square over any number of threads.

Bouclé Stitch Step 1Work a line of even diagonal stitches with the top each stitch angled toward the right. Have each stitch firm against the fabric, but not too tight as when you create the loops on the second pass these stitches need to be able to pull to one side a little.

Bouclé Stitch Step 2Bring your thread from the back at the top left hand corner of the stitch. To make the first loop take your needle over the top of the bar and pass it under the bar. As you pass under the bar make sure your needle points towards the top left hand corner as illustrated.

Bouclé Stitch Step 3To complete the loop insert the needle back into the fabric at the top left hand corner of the stitch. In the same action bring your needle out at the top right corner of the stitch, as illustrated.

Bouclé Stitch Step 4Work along the line adding a loop to each diagonal stitch.

Bouclé Stitch Step 5For the second part of the stitch. Take your thread back to the start of the row and work a second row of diagonal stitches inserting and exiting your needle at the same hole of the fabric as the first row of diagonal stitches.

Bouclé Stitch Step 6Don’t tension these too tight as the next row of loops will pull them slightly.

Bouclé Stitch Step 7Work a row of loops on each of the diagonal threads using the same method as you did the top line.

Bouclé Stitch Step 8This sample is worked in cotton perle #5 so you can see the structure of the stitch. Worked on a finer fabric Bouclé stitch produces a braid like line or a textured fill.

Bouclé Stitch Sample 2I hope you enjoy exploring Bouclé Stitch!

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How to embroider Outlined or Raised Satin stitch

Raised Satin stitch is also known as outlined Satin stitch. You can see why when you look at how this stitch is constructed. If you have trouble creating an even edge when you work a shape in satin stitch then using Outlined or Raised Satin will solve your problem.

Raised satin stitch sampleRaised Satin stitch is simple to work as it is created by working straight stitches close together over an outline of chain stitches. So, in order to work Raised Satin stitch you need to know chain stitch and satin stitch. Once mastered you will always be able to work neat uniform edged filling stitch.

How to work Outlined or Raised Satin stitch

step by step how to work outline satin stitch 1Mark your shape on fabric using a one of the air erasable pens that are available on the market.

step by step how to work outline satin stitch 2Work the outline of your shape in chain stitch along the line you want to raise.

step by step how to work outline satin stitch 3The next step is to work Satin stitch over the outline. The Chain stitch lifts the satin stitch just enough to define the shape clearly.

step by step how to work outline satin stitch 4To work the stitch bring the thread up through the fabric and work straight satin stitches very close together but not on top of each other.

step by step how to work outline satin stitch 5Continue working straight stitches side by side until you fill the shape.

step by step how to work outline satin stitch 6If the stitches too slack that they sag or too tight that they pucker the fabric use an embroiderers hoop.

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Beaded Lock stitch Tutorial

Beaded Lock stitch step sampleBeaded Lock stitch is a  variation on double lock stitch. It is a very quick and easy to work beaded embroidery stitch, that looks good as a border or worked row upon row for a filling stitch.

You need to be familiar with lock stitch to work this variety.

The samples are worked in straight line but this stitch will hold a curve if you adjust the angle the foundation stitches in a ray or fan like manner.

Note: With this stitch the beading is done during the lacing process using a size 26 tapestry needle as you can thread cotton perle #8 and #5 through the eye of this needle yet it is thin enough to thread a bead and add it  to your stitching.

How to work Beaded Lock Stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step 1Work a row of straight stitches of equal length.

The lacing is worked from right to left. Bring your thread out on the right side of the first straight stitch.
Pass the thread the needle under the first stitch from the left with the tip pointing right (as illustrated).Pull the needle under the straight stitch.

Add a bead to your working thread.

Beaded Lock stitch step 2

Move to the next straight stitch and pass the needle under from the left with the tip pointing towards the right. Pull the thread through. This will lace together the first two foundation stitches with a bead in the middle. Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.

Beaded Lock stitch step 3Turn your work.

Beaded Lock stitch step 4Work a second line of laced stitches adding beads in between every second foundation stitch as illustrated.

On this top line you can offset the beads to create a stepped pattern or you can align the beads to form a vertical ridge.

Beaded Lock stitch step 5Both worked row upon row create a highly decorative and quick filling stitch.