For the Love of Stitching Sample 597

hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching sampler 597Stitching Sample 597 is found on part 42 of The for Love of Stitching Band Sampler. It is a section of freeform embroidery in which I also added beads to a mix of hand embroidery stitches. hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching sampler Stitches Used: Straight stitch, Satin stitch, French knots, Cross stitch, Rice stitch, Square Boss, Bullion knots and I added bugle and seed beads.

Thread: Hand dyed perle #5 cotton and hand dyed wool, silk, crochet cotton, and also I used 1 stand of Caron watercolours  thread

Fabric: Linda 27 count evenweave

Date: This section of the sampler was worked mid 2009.

Size: The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and consists of different strips of fabric which are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing… For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.



TAST week 14 Highlights

satin stitch sample Once again it’s Monday morning and time for a round up of the TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) highlights. It’s been a very busy weekend with both Father and Daughter performing. I spent most of my time at the national Folk Festival but I did manage to take some quiet time and browse the Satin stitch samples worked  this week.

Every  week choosing what to feature is hard.  To be honest I thought it would be easy to keep the features this week, to 5 (I try to feature 5 but fail hopelessly).  Do make sure you visit the comments section on week 14 and take a look at the links people have left. If you visit the sites you will see why I ran over the number!

This made me really smile Over on Urist McDorf a very interesting journal project has started and this “April Fool” has “awesome thunder thighs” worked in Satin Stitch. Visit the site as stitches from weeks 2-14 are represented.

Satin stitch sampler

Elizabeth Braun  over on Sew in Love has featured a number of pieces she has used satin stitch in. This section of foliage caught my eye. Do pop over and visit as  there area number of pieces she has highlighted.

satin stitch sample

I enjoyed this freeform satin stitch sample of a sunset by MariaInez L.ribeiro dos Santos.

satin stitch sample

Over on Brodibiouillages et Compagnie a collage of samples has been worked. Visit to see details close up. (Use Google translate if like need help)

Satin stitch hand embroidery sample

Yarn Goddess on Sooner or Later has added satin stitch to her contemporary sampler. Visit her site to see the sampler in full.

Satin stitch hand embroidery sample

Chrisitina has produced the opposite working Satin stitch on the diagonal with a fine line of the background fabric being left void to enhance the pattern.

Satin stitch hand embroidery sample

These simple geometric flowers worked by Debbie on Jerusalem Notes delighted me

Satin stitch hand embroidery sample

Also over on Ty.Jecyka this castle is part of a much larger story being illustrated. (Use Google translate if like me you dont speak French)

I really must stop now – enjoy browsing the sites and swing back tomorrow for Week 15!

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

How to hand embroider Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch sample 1Satin stitch which is also known as damask stitch is one of the oldest embroidery stitches found and it is worked on traditional embroideries in practically every country of the globe. Traditional embroiderers of China and Japan excelled in the use of this stitch yet it is quite a simple stitch as it is created by working straight stitches close together. When done well this stitch is just sumptuous.

Satin Stitch sample 4To use satin stitch to advantage stitches should lie evenly and closely together. You need to have them covering the fabric but not work on top of each other. They do take a little practice to achieve the best effect but they are worth it. As you can see Satin stitch will  play well together with other stitches. This sample is worked on 26 cnt linen in a mix of threads which include #5 cotton perle, wool, 3 strands of stranded floss and silk.

How to embroider Satin Stitch

step by step how to work satin stitch1To work the stitch bring the thread up through the fabric and make a single straight stitch.

step by step how to work satin stitch 2Bring the needle out very close to the stitch just made and continue to fill the shape.

step by step how to work satin stitch 3Tension can be an issue for some people. If the stitches too slack that they sag or too tight that they pucker the fabric use an embroiderers hoop. This stitch is really only suitable to cover small areas as long satin stitches can become loose, can snag and become untidy. If holding a curved edge neatly is difficult using outlined satin stitch is often the solution.

If you need to cover a larger area, divide the shape into smaller section working rows of Satin stitch to fill each area. The other alternative is to use long and short stitch or depending upon the design you can always think in terms of a patterned filling stitch.

Satin Stitch sample 9

You can easily learn and practice Satin stitch on even weave fabrics. You can build up patterns using simple stitches. This is an example of satin stitch worked in a hand space dyed cotton perle #5 thread. I worked them in a simple zig zag pattern and then defined diamond shaped boxes in back stitch before adding a bead.

Satin Stitch sample 10 You can also work Satin stitches in freeform manner. In this case I have worked the embroidery on a hand painted cotton background using mainly cotton threads.

Satin Stitch sample 5

In this next sample I used patches of stain stitches worked in wool and mixed with French knots in order to create an interesting texture.

Satin Stitch sample 7

Pulled Satin Stitch

Pulled Satin stitch is exactly the same stitch as regular satin except after each stitch you give the thread a little tug and pull it tight so that the stitch ‘pulls’ the fabric and condenses the warp and/or weft of the thread. This technique will only work if you use a fabric such a linen. I usually use a even weave linen of about 26 count. Other counts regularly used are 28 to 36 count. Regular fabrics with tight weave and fabrics such as Aida that are woven to prevent puckering will not work.

Pulled Satin Stitch sample 3An example of Pulled satin can be seen in the top right hand corner of this piece. The horizontal lines are created using hand space dyed threads of silk, wool and perle cotton #8 and #5. In this case I just pulled each stitch as I worked it.

Pulled satin stitch sample1In the case of this design the vertical lines are also pulled satin stitches. Below is a close up, as you can see I pulled some stitches tighter than others in order to create a pattern.

Pulled satin stitch sample 2

Other forms and varieties of of Satin stitch are
Padded Satin Stitch
Raised Satin stitch is also known as outlined Satin stitch
Diagonal Satin stitch