Drizzle Stitch Tutorial

Drizzle stitch sample 1Drizzle stitch is fun as it stands free from the fabric. In other words it is a 3D stitch. It always makes me smile when ever I see it. It is mainly used in Brazilian embroidery worked in rayon thread but you can use any thread with a good twist such as cotton pearl. In Brazilian embroidery you often spot it at the centre of a flower adding texture and dimension. It also combines well with floral motifs work in Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Drizzle stitch is a great to use in underwater scenes as clusters of the stitch it looks like coral or sea anemones.

Since tension is important, stretch the fabric in an embroidery hoop or frame. Also this stitch is easier to work if you use a use a milliner’s or straw needle as the shaft of the needle is the same diameter as the eye and this means you can slide the stitches along the needle easily in the second phase of the stitch.

For all my, ‘you should do this’ and ‘should do that’ it is not that hard to work and more than makes up for its fiddliness with effect.

How to embroider Drizzle stitch

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 1First bring the needle to the front of the fabric. Next you take the thread out of the needle but leave the needle in the fabric. I know this is counter intuitive to anyone who sews but it is what you do

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 2Next to where the thread emerges poke the needle a little way in the fabric. Take the thread in your hand  and wrap the thread over your  index finger.

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 3Rotate your finger keeping the thread still over your finger but under slight tension. This movement will create a loop around your finger.

Transfer the loop from your first finger to the needle.

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 4Slide the loop down the needle. Then pull your finger away so that a loop sits on the needle. Pull the thread until snug but not tight. This is the first cast on stitch.

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 5This looping action and transferring the loop to the needle, is similar to casting on a stitch on a knitting needle.

Work a number of cast on stitches, gently sliding them down the needle as you go. Work at least 6 loops if not more. You can work 20 or 30 loops to create long spirals. Keep the stitches even on the needle.

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 6When you have the required number of even spaced stitches rethread the needle.

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 8Hold the cast on stitches between your thumb  and first finger. Hold the stitches firmly but not so tight the thread can not be pulled through.  Gently pull the thread, through the center of the cast on stitches and continue to pull the thread through the fabric to the back. Pull firmly but not too tight.

step by step instructions drizzle stitch 9The finished stitch will be free at one end so that it will pop up from the fabric and will coil in a spiral to the base.

The size of the stitch depends upon the number of cast on stitches you use. The higher the number of cast on stitches the bigger the loop. The thickness of the thread will determine the weight of the stitch.

For a contemporary look mix this stitch with other textured stitches such as bullion or french knots. It also looks good used in combination with such stitches as cast-on stitch, oyster stitch, whipped wheel stitch, whipped spokes and add a few beads to the mix. I hope you have fun with Drizzle stitch!

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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to use in your stitching projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

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Feather and Chain stitch tutorial

Many stitches can be combined to create new stitches and Feather and Chain stitch is an interesting instance where this has happened. This is a combination of chain stitch and feather stitch so if you are a beginner you will need to know both. Follow the links if you need a refresher as both of these stitches are online in my stitch dictionary.

In this variation the first half of the V formation is worked in feather stitch and the second half is worked in chain stitch. The step by step demonstration is worked in DMC 5 pearl thread on Aida cloth.

How to hand embroider Feather and Chain stitch

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 1Work from top to bottom.  Start by working two feather stitches on the diagonal.

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 2Insert your needle at the base of the second feather stitch and wrap the thread under your needle (as you do for Chain Stitch) .

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 3Pull your needle though and the thread will form a chain stitch. Can you see why it is called Feather and Chain stitch?

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 4Continue with feather stitch moving towards the right side of the row.

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 5Work down the row working the second feather stitch.

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 6Continue this pattern until the row of Feather and Chain stitch is complete.

There are many possibilities with this combination. For instance to can vary the length of the chain stitch or work rows back to back. Many of the variations of both chain stitch and feather stitch can be adapted to this stitch which can lead to further explorations and fun. Variations on variations which lead to creating interesting effects.

I hope you enjoy Feather and Chain stitch!

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.
Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to use in your stitching projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

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How to Hand Embroider Tete de Boéuf Stitch

Tete de Boéuf stitch sampleTete de Boéuf stitch is based on fly stitch. It is also known as Bulls head stitch, Head of the bull and Ox Head Stitch because the two protruding stitches can look like horns.

Tete de Boéuf stitch is often confused with wheatear stitch but they are different. Tete de Boéuf is a fly stitch that is tied off with a detached chain stitch. Wheatear on the other hand, has a loop that looks like a chain stitch but it is actually made in the other direction by passing the needle under two straight stitches (see step 3 in my tutorial for Wheatear stitch.) The other stitch Tete de Boéuf gets muddled with is Slipped Detached chain or Tulip stitch. As you can see in my tutorial for Slipped Detached chain this is another stitch again that although similar the V like stitch is created at the tie off point of the chain stitch making it a very different stitch.

Tete de Boéuf stitch is easy and quick to work. You can scatter stitches over an area to create patterns or arrange them in circles with the horns pointing outwards,inwards or alternating the two. This stitch is effective worked in perle threads, wool, ribbon and fine metallic cords and adding a bead adds zest. You can work Tete de Boeuf stitch on either evenweave or plain weave fabrics

How to work Tete de Boéuf stitch

Bring the thread up through the fabric at the top left of where you want to create the stitch. Hold the thread down with the left thumb and insert the needle to the right and level of where the thread emerged.

Tete de Boéuf stitch step 1Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated.

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

Secure the ‘V’ in position with a chain stitch. To do this insert the needle as illustrated, so that the point emerges below.

Tete de Boéuf stitch step 2Wrap your thread under the needle.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the stitch. Take your thread to the back of the fabric and secure the loop with a small straight stitch.

Tete de Boéuf stitchYou have made a Tete de Boéuf stitch! Have fun with more of them.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 
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