Thursday, 15 June 2017

Knotted cable chain stitch

TAST stitch 86

              This is a more versatile stitch.Easy to learn because its a combination of cable chain and oyster stitch. Thanks to Sharon for sharing this stitch.Work from top to bottom. Bring the needle to the front of the fabric and insert (2) diagonally down the point 1 and take out at 3 or instead do an alternating chain stitch.

Without piercing the fabric , slip the needle under first thread.To say, simply make a slip knot as you would do for oyster stitch
Gently pull the needle until the knot becomes firm
Insert the needle needle above the slip knot and take a short fabric along the line. Loop  thread around the needle and gently pull the needle .
Repeat  the stitches down the first chain as shown

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Laced herringbone stitch -Herringbone variation 4

This is one of the easiest variation and a quick method to add further decoration to the stitch.

Step 1
      Work a row of   of herringbone stitch.

Step 2
      Work lacing from left to right.  With the same or contrasting thread and a blunt needle, bring needle up at 1.  Without piercing fabric, thread needle downward under first arm and upward under second arm, forming a loop around first intersection. Repeat as shown.  

Happy stitching!!!!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Fancy herringbone stitch - Herringbone stitch variation 3

  Fancy herringbone stitch  is an ornamental stitch which is worked in more than one colour.  It is worked in spaced multiple rows, using a carefully selected range of colours. To work this stitch neatly and keep the row straight, choose an even-weave fabric and count the threads, or mark parallel guidelines on the plain-weave fabric .   

   Work each row in three journeys. 

 Step  1

  Begin by making a foundation row of ordinary herringbone stitches.  Space the stitches quite widely apart, as shown. 

  Step 2

            Work cross stitches over the top and bottom crosses of the herringbone row. 

 Step 3

            Interlacing  the stitches.

            Make sure that the vertical bar  is worked first (like the tied herringbone stitch), then cross it with the horizontal bar. lace a thread from left to right through the horizontal bars of  cross stitches without picking up the fabric


Tied Herringbone Stitch - Herringbone stitch variation 2

               Tied herringbone stitch is one of herringbone stitch variations.

Step 1 
Work from left to right. Do a layer of herringbone stitch

Step 2 
  Work tying stitches from right to left.  With the same or a contrasting thread, bring needle up at 1 and down at 2.   

 Bring needle up again at 3 and down at 4.

Bring needle up again at 5 to begin next repeat.

 Happy  Stitching!!!!!!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Herringbone stitch variation 1

Herringbone stitch is worked between  two parallel  lines.This  is one kind of its variation. This stitch is great to work floral designs and border patterns. you can use this as a very attractive and adequate filling stitch. When you are filling a design with herringbone stitch make sure that you are placing the stitches  very close to each other and placing gap between stitches gives different effect.

             Working left to right, bring the needle up through the fabric at the lower left  (point 1) and work  a stitch diagonally to the upper right (point 2)
             Bring the needle up again one step down of the insertion hole (point 3) and then work a stitch diagonally to the lower right (point 4)

        Take the needle diagonally  one step upwards with the thread lying under the needle as shown in the pic at point 5

 The stitch patterrn finally looks like this.

Happy stitching!!!!!

Friday, 2 June 2017


Also known as  mossoul stitch, plaited stitch, catch stitch or witch stitch. It is so called as  it resembles the bones  extending from the spine of a herring fish. It is worked along parallel lines and these lines can be marked using an  invisible marker.This stitch is a type of back stitch that looks more like a cross stitch than most other back stitches. This stitch is often used in borders and in accents. The herring bone stitch can also  be used as a very thick outline and looks especially nice on larger projects.These stitches can be worked closely together to form a dense line or spaced further apart for a looser line.


             Working left to right, bring the needle up through the fabric at the lower left  (point 1) and work  a stitch diagonally to the upper right (point 2)

Bring the needle up again to the left of the insertion hole (point 3) and then work a stitch diagonally to the lower right (point 4)

Come back up to the left of this( point 5), which becomes the new point 1

Saturday, 11 February 2017


        A decorative stitch in embroidery made by winding the thread several times round the needle before sewing a backstitch.  Short bullion stitches are sometimes called bullion knots.

          Also known as, caterpillar stitch ,coil stitch, grub knot, Porto Rico rose, post stitch or worm stitch. You can use wide variety of threads for this stitch, with thicker threads resulting in larger knots.

           People either love or hate bullion knots but my love is always for it. Bullion knots suddenly become easier by using a straw or milliner's needle .Bullions worked in rayon are an important part of brazillian embroidery.You can also make hand embroidered bullion roses.

 How to work

            To work a bullion knot, bring the needle up at one end of the stitch.

Insert the needle a short space away pointed towards the place that the thread emerges from the fabric. The distance between these two points determines the length of the knot.

           Now wrap the thread around the needle as many times as required. The length of coil and the fabric bite should be equal.

           Keep the thread quite tight around the needle by holding within your thump and middle finger,

 Gently pull the needle pointing outwards from you.

 Complete the knot by taking the needle back at the end of the stitch. 

You can smoothen the texture by arranging the coils with your thumb

How to make bullion flowers

      Take two shades of thread and use thicker one for centre.

Start from the center with thicker shade and make two shorter bullions.

Use lighter shade and work around the center .

Make longer bullions overlapping each other as you would do a stem stitch .Illutrated as  in the picture