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.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
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How to hand embroider Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch in contemporary embroideryWhipped Spoke Stitch is also known as whipped ring, raised spokes, ribbed spoke stitch, and ribbed stitch. Most often you see this stitch worked in a circle with the foundation stitches referred to as spokes but you can work this stitch on a line of straight foundations stitches or use it to fill a shape.

Whipped wheel stitch is a close relative as Whipped spoke Stitch  involves laying down a series of spokes and whipping them. This produces a line or shape of ridged stitches. Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.

How to work Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 1Lay down foundation stitches of straight stitch, in the shape you wish to work. In this sample I have used a line of straight stitches worked in perle#5 cotton

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 2Bring your thread up at the start of the foundation stitches and slide the needle under one thread and thread it through. Move back to the start and slide the needle under two threads.
Pull the thread through and you have whipped the first spoke.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 3Note that the needle does not go through the fabric.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 4For the rest of the line slide the needle under two threads, pull it through and move back one thread and once again slide the needle under two threads.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 5Repeat this action, whipping each spoke as you progress across the shape. When you have finished the first row take your needle through the fabric and return to where you began and work a second until the rows fill the shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 6Whipped spokes can be used alone as an accent stitch of colour or texture, or can fill a shape to produce a textured filling.

Whipped Spoke Stitch in the round
The spokes can be arranged around a ring, in a line, in a fan shape or a free form shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch sample

In this sample I used it to work a small basket for a bunch of silk ribbon flowers. It is 6 straight stitches whipped with a hand dyed cotton #5 perle thread.

Whipped Spoke Stitch sample

In this sample the shells are created by fanning out the foundations stitches into a fan shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch arounda bead

In contemporary embroidery working Whipped spoke stitch around beads and found objects creates interest.

Whipped Spoke StitchIn this sample  donut bead is secured to the fabric using 8 straight stitches which were then whipped. I added a french knot at the base of each straight stitch. The thread in cotton perle #5.

As you can see there are many possibilities for this stitch to create either small embroidered motifs in a more traditional embroidery or interesting areas of texture in contemporary embroidery.  I hope you enjoy Whipped spoke stitch

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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How to hand embroider Woven Chained Bar stitch

Woven chained bar ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids. You need first to work a row of regular Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked follow the link to a tutorial.

Woven chain bar 1Work a foundation of Chained bar stitch. For the sample I have worked a sample over 5 straight stitches of a hand dyed chainette thread.

To weave the chain stitches

The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5. Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your needle through.

Woven chain bar 2Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through. Continue weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line.
If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

Woven chain bar 3During the weaving stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

Have you seen my book?

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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 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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