Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DIYU: Learn Basic Embroidery Stitches



I'm so happy to be guest blogging today on TrashN2Tees as part of the DIY University! This is so fun and I must say I am learning a lot from the other bloggers! My name is Heather Davulcu and I'm the artist behind April Heather Art.  I paint and illustrate happy + inspirational art and I just launched a collection of embroidery patterns a few months ago. I'm having so much fun stitching up many of my illustrations and turning them into embroidery patterns.

Today I'm going to be sharing with ya'll today my Steps for Basic Embroidery Stitches. And when I say "Basic" I mean "B-A-S-I-C". SO if you've never stitched an inch in your life, then today is your lucky day! I'm using an embroidery sewing needle-the eye is a little larger so you can get multiple strands of floss (thread) through.  The first project I ever stitched was a pillow case (I did a little decorative design on the edge) -so if you have an old one to practice on grab it because they are the perfect weight.  I also use an embroidery hoop-this keeps the fabric pulled taut-and helps to keep your stitches & fabric from getting all tangled up.  

I'm going to teach you three stitches I use the most when I embroider and I include a basic illustrated guide to these in my embroidery patterns. (One additional stitch I like is the Split Stitch which I outlined on my blog a while back)  I thought it would be fun to break them down with super close up photos so we could really see what each step looks like.
First up is the Back Stitch:

Cool, huh? Now let's move on to the Stem Stitch:

Next, let's tackle ZEE FRENCH KNOT! This is just not as hard as it looks-or sounds. Just takes a little practice. Ready? 



See? That wasn't so hard was it? Practice, practice, practice!

Here's an example of how these stitches look when they are part of a pattern (this is my Downton Abbey Embroidery Pattern).

I truly hope y'all have enjoyed todays DIY University tutorial! Give me a shout out and let me know what you think! Plus I'll be back later in the month to show you how to take a drawing and turn it into your very own original embroidery pattern.

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Isn't Heather a treat? I'm excited to try out a few of these stitches myself as embroidery is one of the skills/crafts that I'm interested in mastering (think of all the possibilities!) Okay, maybe not mastering but I'd like to look like I know what I'm doing at the least! We're here all month long with DIYU sharing basic crafting skills & debunking those myths that DIY is time-consuming and intimidating. Did you find Heathers step by steps helpful? Have a question to ask? Post a comment below: we are here to help!

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