Pistil Stitch Tutorial

Pistil stitch which is really a French Knot with a tail. It is an interesting stitch which is ideal to use for the centre of flowers or arranged in a circle as flower motif. The weight of the thread will determine the size of the finished stitch. You can also work this stitch using silk ribbon.

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 603Pistil stitch is also known as long tack knot stitch and Italian knot stitch but the most common name is Pistil stitch.

Some people find it better to work with the fabric stretched in an embroidery hoop. I recommend that you use a milliner needle as they are the secret weapon in creating many of the knotted stitches. Most embroidery needles have an eye that is wider than the shaft of the needle. Milliners or straw needles have an eye and shaft that are the same width which makes sliding any of the knotted stitches easy. This works for any stitch where part of the process involves wrapping the thread around the needle and then moving the thread along the needle in order to complete the stitch.

To hand embroider Pistil stitch

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 11. Bring the thread to the front of your fabric. Wrap the thread around the needle twice as you would a french knot and insert the needle back into the fabric a little distance from where it emerged, holding the ‘tail’ of the knot taut and flat to the fabric.

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 22. Take the needle and thread through to the back of the fabric.

 

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 43. At this point it is sometimes helpful to brush the knot down the shaft of the needle with left thumb nail so that it is sitting firmly on the fabric.

 

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 34. Hold the knot with your thumb as you pull the thread through to the back of the fabric.

I hope you enjoy this stitch!

 

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As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on 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.

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Sheaf Stitch Tutorial

Sheaf Stitch Sample 4Sheaf Stitch is a quick, easily worked hand embroidery stitch that is ideal for beginners and children yet it versatile enough to keep advanced embroiderers intrigued.  This stitch is often underestimated.

It looks good in a thread that has a firm twist such as cotton perle #5 or Cotton Perle #8 if you like a finer embroidered texture. In my samples I have used Caron Watercolours thread which is a variegated thread on a hand dyed 27cnt Linda fabric.   One ply of Caron Watercolour thread is about the same weight as a #5 pearl cotton but the twist is not quite so firm.

Sheaf Stitch can worked in lines to form a border or you can have a huge amount of fun arranging this stitch in some very attractive patterns. Since I have an addiction to pattern I always enjoy this stitch!

Sheaf Stitch is also very effective when you vary the length of each bar or add to the number of the bars.

Sheaf Stitch Sample1How to hand embroider Sheaf Stitch

Bring the needle out at the top of where you want your stitch to be and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the middle stitch in the sheaf

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 1Point you needle to the right bringing the needle out to the right. Pull your thread through.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial2Take the needle to the to the top insert the needle and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the right hand side stitch in the sheaf.

Point your needle to the left bringing the needle out to the left. Pull your thread through.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 3Point you needle to the left centre of the middle straight stitch. Pull your thread through.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 4Thread your needle under the left straight stitch.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 5Take your thread over the top and pass your needle under the right straight stitch. Insert the needle in the middle and take the thread to the back.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 6Pull snug to make a small cross bar.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 2You can arrange Sheaf stitch in patterns.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 3I hope you enjoy the 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 direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both 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 
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Linked Double Chain Stitch Tutorial

I found Linked double chain stitch in an old embroidery book called  The Batsford encyclopaedia of embroidery stitches by Anne Butler. If you ever find this book in an secondhand store it wi well worth picking it up if priced reasonably.

 

Linked Double Chain step 1Linked Double Chain is an interesting variety of chain stitch. If you are a beginner you might like to make sure you are familiar with chain stitch and with twisted chain stitch since Linked double chain consists of two chain stitches worked side by side which are then  linked with a twisted chain. This combination is worked to form a line.

To work the stitch start with a single very open chain stitch. It is a bit sloppy looking as you can see.

 

Linked Double Chain step 2Next work a second chain next to the first. Make the stitch so that the two stitches are side by side.

At this stage the y look a little like buttonhole stitches.

Bringing the point of the needle out a short space down the line to be stitched. Cross the thread over the needle, then wrap the thread under the needle point.

 

 

Linked Double Chain step 3Pull the needle through the fabric.

What you are doing is working a twisted chain stitch into the base of the first two stitches.

If you are unfamilar with twisted chain stitch you will find the directions here

At this point it should look like this.

 

 

Linked Double Chain step 4

Next work two chain stitches side by side emerging from the base of the Twisted Chain.

Continue along the line in this manner.

 

 

 

 

Linked Double Chain step 5This is a marvellous stitch as it will follow a curve well and lends itself to all sorts of interesting experimentation.

You can widen the chain stitches and play with spacing

It looks particularly effective if you use a thread with a firm twist.

Silk ribbon also works well with this stitch. It lends itself to being embellished with beads too.

 

I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.

Linked Double Chain step 6