What are Stitchers Worksheets?
The stitch file worksheets are printable template pages which I have designed to build into a hand embroiderer’s resource file. The worksheets are part stitch dictionary, part inspiration, part storage format, part stimulus to explore new stitches, part lesson and part organisation method.
In this module, I introduce the start of the knotted stitches; some more beaded stitches and an interesting version of Cretan stitch that I discovered in an old embroidery book. Chained Cretan Triangle is a versatile stitch that I am sure you will enjoy, but it makes a great fill as well. It is also a stitch that can be used as an edging.
Why not give them a try? They are only $5 🙂
Each worksheet features:
The stitch name
The first thing people will notice is that the worksheets have the stitch name running down the side of the page.
I have placed the name of the stitch down the side, so when looking for a stitch you can simply flick along the edge of the pages. If you have ever looked through a large, full, binder file, and had to open each page to see the title of the page you will know it is annoying, particularly if the file is heavy. The stitch name running down the side of the page solves this problem.
The worksheets are named by stitch and by stitch family so people can file by either. The choice is yours.
A small picture of each stitch is in the top right-hand corner of each worksheet.
How many times can you remember what a stitch looks like but have forgotten the name? These little icons aim to solve that problem as you can flick through the pictures in the top right-hand corner and recognise the stitch you are looking for.
Illustrated step by step directions:
Each stitch has illustrated directions on how to work the stitch.
On the same page is space for you to attach a sample, add notes, and a record of fabric, thread, and needle used.
Eye Candy for Stitchers!
Each stitch file has samples of the stitch used in different ways.
These images are otherwise known as stitcher’s eye candy. The illustrations help you think about what is possible with that stitch. This is a teaser, as it is one of the samples I have worked for the stitch worksheets.
Space for extra Samples
Each stitch file has options for pages that have two or three areas for extra samples. You can choose which best fits the size of your sample, and print the page that suits you and your resource file.
Space for further notes
Also, the worksheets have a section to store photos and note the source of who stitched it. Many of us make up our own ‘inspiration’ file of images found online. So that you don’t forget to record where you saw it and whose work it is, this section enables people to track the sources of your inspiration. Once again there are different pages options to print out what you need.
A Grid to sketch out further ideas
Finally, there is a grid page as a place to sketch out ideas or make further notes.
Choice is the Key
You can print out just the pages you want. You can attach your samples using a hole punch or keep your resource file in plastic file pockets.
The Modular Format
The stitch worksheets are offered as a series of reasonably priced modules. This means that people do not have to commit to a huge amount of money, or feel too daunted to start their own sample file. For many, the idea of stitching samples for the whole amount would send them running for the hills.
Anyone who has done the TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) challenge will know that it is the bit-by-bit process that can be steadily built on that produces results.
The modular nature of the worksheets can leverage the psychology behind learning something in a series of small manageable chunks and produce a positive enhancement to learning hand embroidery.
The combination of the eye candy, a place for people to store their own experiments, to store photos and maker further notes means as they build they become is a valuable resource file and become more valuable the more you build. A bit like life, the more you put in the more you will get out of it.
By releasing them in modules, if you tire, want a break, or if life gets too busy, you have not lost a lot of money or have a huge unfinished thing to feel guilty about. If you need to take a break you can as you can just buy the next module when you want to and join back in.
Test for free
You can test the worksheets, work a few samples and see if this process suits you.
These files are in PDF format and you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. The PDF reader is free from Adobe you can get it from here.
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